F-35 not up to fighter competition with F-16
The F-16 was designed as a fighter by John Boyd who was the best fighter pilot of his era. It was designed to defeat the Soviet era planes and it still has superior maneuverability. It is not as stealthy as the F-35, but is apparently more maneuverable. I suspect the F-22 might give the F-16 a better fight.
The U.S. military's new F-35 stealth jet was outperformed by the F-16 model in a dogfight over the Pacific Ocean, despite the fact it has already cost the military more than a trillion dollars to create.