YF-16 no. 1 is spotted landing at the end of the inadvertant flight following the high speed taxi trials. Note the bent up outboard trailing edge of the right horizontal tail. It scraped the runway during the severe roll oscillations. [LMTAS photo]
The tail did not receive damage on the high speed taxi test/first flt.. The static discharger on the right side scraped the ground and the wheel on the rear of the missile on the right wing was also scraped. I was there and inspected the aircraft when it was put back in the hangar. The aircraft flew only 6 minutes or so this day.The first flt was accomplished days later. G.D flew first. The YF17 flew later.
Posted by Guest on Sat 25 Oct 2008 03:24:02 AM CEST