YF-16 and FSD Aircraft

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All eight FSD F-16s with YF-16 no. 2 at top right - at Edwards AFB. [USAF photo]

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  • Anonymous on 2006-Oct-19 19:28:31 Anonymous said

    A large cardbord box, a broom stick, a roll of duct tape and a can of white spray paint !.

    I helped park the aircraft that day, it was early 1978 and I was fresh out of the Airforce and was hired by General Dynamics as a hydro mech working on zoom 745 (FSD A1).
    The YF-16 had come back to Edwards AFB from Forth Worth for some flights and someone thought, what a great photo op, all the planes here at once.
    Every thing was going good until we realized that the left stab was removed from 745 ( This would not look good in the photo !) So with a large cardbord box, Broom stick, Duct tape, and a can of white spray paint problem solved!
    After the helocopter took off and took the photos it flew over the aircraft and blew my stab off the plane.But the now famous photo had all ready been taken.
    Stewart Maus
    F-16 Joint test team, Edwards AFB April 1978 to April1980

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