Tag: Lightweight Fighter program

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...
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)...