Experimental F-16s

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USAF F-16C #83-1120 modified with diverterless supersonic inlet, or DSI, developed for the Joint Strike Fighter (now the F-35 Lightning II) program. At high aircraft speeds through supersonic, the bump in the inlet works with the forward-swept inlet cowl to redirect unwanted boundary layer airflow away from the inlet, essentially doing the job of heavier, more complex, and more costly diverters used by current fighters. The flight test program consisted of twelve flights flown in nine days in December 1996. [LMTAS photo]

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    Modified inlet as an X-35 test bed with General Electric F110-GE-129 engine. This inlet resembles the airflows that are created when flying with the X-35. The flight test program consisted of twelve flights flown in nine days in December 1996.

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