The 2nd YF-16 prototype (#01568), seen with a load of 4 Sparrows, including 2 on the wingtips. Given the absence of a radar (the pointy nose was later enlarged to accomodate the radar), this configuration seems odd. [USAF photo]
on 2004-Feb-29 12:19:38 Anonymous said
The Sparrow loadout was probably for demo purposes only to show how it might be configured, although the wingtip mounted Sparrow is interesting. Never thought the wingtip could take that big of a load in real-world flight conditions.
on 2004-Jun-20 12:31:56 Anonymous said
Well, they can carry aim-120s on their wingtips, but i didnt know that they can fit the larger sparrow on them too...
on 2005-Aug-19 20:48:42 Anonymous said
I am sure those sparrows were nowhere near their normal weight.
on 2009-Jan-21 15:39:24 buzsawyer53 said
Sparrows on YF-16
I was there.... and those sparrows were made of PVC pipe and wood. They look great though!