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Vintage video features Northrop YF-17 Cobra rollout
The Northrop YF-17 Cobra was a lightweight fighter aircraft designed for the United States Air Force's Lightweight Fighter (LWF) technology evaluation program. The silent film footage in this post shows the unveiling of the Northrop YF-17 Cobra, a jet fighter aircraft that, unfortunately for Northrop, never made it past the prototype stage, but...
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)...

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