Tag: General Dynamics YF-16

Impressive video shows YF-16 first (unintentional) flight, first mishap
During the first high-speed taxi test, a violent lateral oscillation had set in as a direct result of pilot-commanded oscillations as the YF-16 reached rotation speed. Thankfully test pilot Phil Oestricher chose to fly and possibly saved the entire program. As we have already explained the first flight of the General Dynamics YF-16 was an unintentional takeoff at Edwards Air...
A quick look at the YF-16 test program and at the USAF decision to buy the lightweight fighter
The YF-16 test program, like any program to prove a new aircraft, had it's share of exciting moments The U.S. Air Force (USAF) Lightweight Fighter (LWF) program sought a small, lightweight, low cost, air superiority day fighter designed for high performance and ease of maintenance. The LWF was initiated because many in the fighter community believed that aircraft like the...
A quick look at the F-16 CCV, the Viper that could turn without banking
"Flying formation on the F-16 CCV aircraft was a terrifying experience, since it could do flat turns which robbed the wingman of important visual cues such as bank angle," Phil Oestricher, General Dynamics test pilot The first YF-16 (#72-1567) was rebuilt in December 1975 to become the USAF Flight Dynamics Laboratory's Control Configured Vehicle (CCV). The F-16 CCV concept entails "decoupling"...
At the time this picture was taken, the aircraft were competing one versus the other in the USAF Lightweight Fighter program The interesting photo in this post shows the Northrop YF-17 and the General Dynamics YF-16 in flight together. At the time this picture was taken, the aircraft were competing one versus the other in the U.S. Air Force (USAF)...