The F-16C Fighting Falcon is a fighter aircraft featured in many Ace Combat games as one of the earliest available aircraft. In most of its appearances, the F-16C carries a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, and features higher maneuverability than most comparable aircraft, making it a highly versatile option for players early in a game's campaign.
The F-16 was in use by a variety of nations as early as 1995. During the Belkan War, it was used by both the Allied Forces and the Belkan Air Force. Notable units that used the aircraft were the mercenary air squadron Crow Team and Belka's elite Silber Team.
During the Circum-Pacific War, both Osea and Yuktobania used the aircraft. The Republic of Emmeria Air Force and Estovakian Air Force used the aircraft during the Emmeria-Estovakia War, and it was used by both sides in the Aurelian War.
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- Color 1 for the F-16C in Assault Horizon has the 22nd fighter squadron's emblem behind the canopy. The 22nd fighter squadron is known as the "Fighting Hawks".
- The F-16C in Ace Combat is the F-16C Block 50/52 or Block 30/32.
- The two-tone green/brown camouflage (Color 2 in AC04, YK color in AC5, Mercenary color scheme in ACZ, Leasath color in ACX, Color 2 in ACJA, Color 2 in ACAHL and Estovakian color in AC6) is based on the F-16A of the Venezuelan Air Force.
- The golden color scheme (Estovakian SP in AC6, Color 3 in ACAH) is based on F-16C Block 30 85-1565 from 185 Fighter Wing (185 FW) 174 Fighter Squadron (174 FS) "Bats" Iowa Air National Guard. In Septembr 1996 aircraft has been painted in this color scheme to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the US Air Force. The plane got image of a bat on the tail fin and the inscription "The Bats 50th Anniversary" on left side and the "Pride of Siouxland" on right side.