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F-16 Events from 1974





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8 Jan 1974 The prototype YF-16 (#72-1567) is airfreighted by C-5 from Fort Worth to Edwards AFB.
20 Jan 1974 Unintentional first flight of the first YF-16 (#72-1567), a short hop around the pattern at the hands of test pilot Phil Oestricher. (Read more...)
2 Feb 1974 Official first flight of the YF-16 protoype (#72-1567), with test pilot Phil Oestricher at the controls, reaching 400 mph and 30,000 feet.
9 May 1974 YF-16 no 2 (#72-1568) is flown for the first time with test pilot Neil Anderson at the controls. (Read more...)