Palmer Instruments, Asheville, N.C., received a contract for a special thermometer for the F-16 Fighting Falcon Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft, built by Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md. According to Palmer, the contract is a result of retooling the F-16, to modified specifications that are more suitable for the increased temperature demands placed on today's jets.

The contract will result in the creation of several new jobs at the Palmer Wahl facility in the Town of Woodfin, N.C.

The F-16 is the most prolific fighter in the Air Force today. Palmer has been a major supplier to the military since World War I, supplying temperature-measuring products for submarines, ships, airplanes, helicopters, jets and satellites.