Skip to comments.The Outrageous Adolescence of the F-16
Posted on 01/31/2014 8:56:27 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
UCK! A smokin hot F-16CM from the Air Forces Viper East demonstration team has you in its sights. The jet performed at a 2011 Florida airshow. (SURESH A. ATAPATTU)
The Viper was small, fast, and in your face.
his is the story of two brothers, who happen to be airplanes. The older brother, the F-15 Eagle, entered the world fully formed, and his doting parentsthe U.S. Air Forcenurtured him and quickly forgave minor transgressions. The younger brother, the F-16, was born prematurely, with no name, and scrambled to catch up. At a rollout ceremony on December 13, 1973, in Fort Worth, Texas, the YF-16 faced its skeptics and a few champions with a gaudy red, white, and blue paint job. After the ceremony, the airplane was flown on a C-5 to Edwards Air Force Base in California to prepare for its first flight.
On January 20, 1974, during a high-speed taxi test, General Dynamics test pilot Phil Oestricher applied what he thought were small control-stick inputs in the standard method used to check the airplanes roll response. However, in response to the pilots input, the control stick in the YF-16, mounted on the right instead of the customary center, didnt actually move. Instead, it measured the pressures exer
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I get to see and hear these every day.
As we say here, it is the sound of Freedom.
I really like getting where they take off and fly right over me, low and with the after-burner lit. It is really fun to watch.
Spent two years living a quarter mile from the runway with two squadron’s of these. Was there for one event where they had 32 of them taking off in pairs. Pretty cool
Cool. in it’s own right.
hands down sexiest jet ever. Sorry F-22.
*spoiler alert!* ;)
Who would have guessed that the F-16 project directly led to the AMRAAM as a weight-reduction measure?
This entire story is riveting and just reinforces what we all know — the F-16 is the best damn MRF ever seen and until we have anti-grav might own that forever.