I don't believe chafing wiring was a big problem. Yes, there was a a crash to which it was attributed that resulted in a public lawsuit, but in general I don't recall that being the primal cause. Biggest problem was simply a single engine aircraft using a state-of-the-art engine that was prone to issues. No second engine means any issue and it's game over.
PS: Rumor has it that the Norwegians call the Viper the "Ice Pick"...
<b>"It's time to get medieval, I'm goin' in for guns"</b> - <i>Dos Gringos</i>
The term "Lawn Dart" came from the prototype days. The YF-16 very famously (and publicly) landed gear up in the grass at Carswell. This and some early Class A's contributed to the term.
The joke went something like:
Q: "What does an F-16 turn into when the engine fails?"
A: "A Lawn Dart."
If I'm not mistaken (and sometimes I am), the fact that GD's previous single engine frontline fighter was the F-106. So, "Delta Dart", and "Lawn Dart", seemed to kind of fit. Much like Fairchild Republic with the Thunderjet, Thunderstreak, Thunderchief, and Thunderbolt II being nicknamed "Hog", "Super Hog", "Ultra Hog", and "Warthog".
"He counted on America to be passive...He counted wrong." -- President Ronald Reagan
While I was stationed at Hahn in the early 80's, the Lawn Dart toys had just been taken off of the store shelves in the U.S. because of injuries and I think a death. The F-15 guys over at Bitburgh started calling our 16's lawn darts after we lost a jet. Of course our pilots started waxing them in the air and that was the only thing they could say in return...
Well I was just over at B737.org.uk and borrowed their list of aircraft names:
The Lockheed Jetstar and the Metroliner are "Lawn Darts"
A320: MiniBus, NintendoJet, ScareBus, Chainsaw, Deathjet, Freddie Kruegers wet dream, Toulouse Grasscutter, The Strimmer
(What's the difference between an A320 and a beaver? 4000 trees per hour.)
The A320 is also known as 'The John Wayne' Because they 'Chop down trees, move mountains and kill Indians!!'
A380: Double Decker Bus, Megabus
Alouette: Chicken chaser
AT6 Harvard: Halfard.
Avro Shackleton: Shacklecaster, 10,000 rivets in close formation, flying Cow, Old Grey Lady
Avro Vulcan: Tin triangle
AW62 Argosy: Whistling Wheelbarrow, Whistling Tit
BAC 111:Pocket rocket.
BAe146: Viscount 900, Smurfjet with 5 APU's, The Gas Chamber, Bumble-et, Baby Jumbo, Bring Another Engine, 1-4-Sick, submarine- low slow and out of sight, Airborne Auschwitz, Tonka Toy, 4 oil leaks connected by an electrical fault, The Quadra-Puff, Lead Sled, Mini Galaxy, Sky Dozer, Fisher Price 747, "1 aeroplane, 4 engines, needs 6", The Slug, Toxic Terror, Muffler (Because all the noise is on the inside), Fruit Bat, Flying cockroach.
BAe ATP: Advanced/Another Technical Problem, The Parrot (cos it's just a big Budgie), Ancient Technology Perpetuated, Bat Pee, Skoda, 80p, Wigwam (A TeePee).
BAe Harrier: Leaping Heap
BAe Jetstream: Junkstream, Wetdream, Soda-stream.
BAe Nimrod: Never Intended for Maritime Reconnaissance Or Development.
Bristol Beaufighter: Whispering Death
Beech 18: Flying snag
Beech 99: 99-Liner
Beech Baron: Ball tearer
Beech Bonanza: Doctor killer (its reputation as such is ubiquitous)
Beech 200: Super K
Beech 1900: Flipper, Dolphin, Stonefish
Beech T-34: Radial Interceptor
Bell 206: Deathranger, Hydraulic palmtree
Beverly: Flying Longhouse
Bristol 188: The Mayfly
Bristol Britannia: The Whispering Giant (Was this the original WG?), Freighter version: The Whispering Warehouse
Metroliner: San-Antonio sewerpipe, Texas Sewer Pipe, Death pencil, The Screamin Weenie, Texas Lawn Dart, Swetro (in the summer), Baltimore Whore (no visible means of support, skinny lil 'ol wings), Terror Tube, "That noisy ****** thing", Widow maker, Kerosene Crowbar, Fear tube.