History Of The F-16 Essay

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History Of The F-16


Introduction

The first F-16 was developed in 1974. They wanted a lightweight fighter that wouldn't cost
as much as the fighters they had at the time. They also needed a way to have a bomber
without going out and building another bomber which would cost millions more. So they
decided to turn the F-16 into a fighter/bomber and it all worked out. Here's how.


The Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcon

They F-16 Fighting Falcon was developed and produced by General Dynamics Corp, until they
went bankrupt. Then eventually Lockheed took over the production of the F-16.

The manufacture of the first F-16 began at General Dynamic's Fort Worth plant in August of
1975. This involved General Dynamics in a major modernization of its huge Fort Worth
plant, which had originally been built during World War II.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon, when it first came out, was designed to be in the Air Forces
lightweight fighter (LWF) program. The first F-16 was developed as a YF-16 prototype back
in 1972. It made it's first official flight on February 2, 1974. A level speed of Mach 2
at 40,000 ft was attained on March 11, 1974.

The production F-16A differed from the YF-16 in having a 13-inch fuselage extension to
hold more fuel and the Westinghouse APG-66 radar. The wing area was increased by 20 square
feet and an additional underwing hardpoint was fitted.

The first YF-16 was brought out on December 13, 1973 to make its first test flight at Fort
Worth and was air freighted by C-5A to Edwards AFB on January 8, 1974. It was an
unintended short hop around the pattern on January 21, 1974 at the hands of the test pilot
Phil Oestricher. During high-speed ground tests at Edwards, Oestricher had inadvertently
scraped the tailplane on the runway as the nose was raised, and a violent lateral
oscillation set in. he decided to take off and regain control in the air. he stayed up for
six minutes and landed uneventfully. The scheduled first flight was delayed until a new
right stabilizer could be fitted. The first official flight took place February 2, 1974,
again with Phil Oestricher. he reached 400 mph and 30,000 ft.

The second YF-16 was developed and was then flown for the first time on March 9, 1974 with
test pilot Neil Anderson at the controls. During his flight Anderson belly landed his
prototype on the grass in front of the General Dynamics while doing a practice show before
Paris. On takeoff, he did what was then an unique maneuver... almost as the wheels left
the ground, the gear was cycled, the aircraft put into a 270 degree roll, then immediately
placed into a 9g turn. Unfortunately, one of the tires was slightly out of balance, and
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