Some early General Dynamics studies leading to the F-16

Always wondered why the F-16 has a tailhook, or how big a bigmouth F-16's mouth really is ? Find it out here !
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Unread post06 Nov 2021, 13:04

Various early GD studies related to the Lightweight Fighter. AI enhanced screenshots from low res video of a Phil Oestricher interview from https://www.facebook.com/YF-16-2-Restor ... 6904073513

Quality of original screencaps was very low so I tried an AI image enhancement program. Results are variable.

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Unread post08 Nov 2021, 11:03

Lost the rest of the pics. Here they are:
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Unread post08 Nov 2021, 21:24

I heard an unconfirmed anecdote about an interview with Harry Hillaker where he said the boxy structures between the wing trailing edges and stabs were vestiges from one of the early designs incorporating twin tails.
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Unread post09 Nov 2021, 05:44

secretprojects wrote:Lost the rest of the pics. Here they are:


The intake snout on the first pic kind of reminds me of the F-100 Super Sabre.
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Unread post09 Nov 2021, 08:53

Here is an old Code One someone uploaded with a lot of info. I never saw a POC with SAAB Draken style inlets before:

https://online.fliphtml5.com/wrhvz/vkwk/#p=1
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Unread post09 Nov 2021, 10:48

secretprojects wrote:Lost the rest of the pics. Here they are:


Third one has a remarkable resemblance, in the rear quarter, to the F-35. Stab configuration (though verts are larger here) is very spot on, as well as the engine nozzle/fuselage sizing and placement.
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Unread post10 Nov 2021, 14:40

35_aoa wrote:
secretprojects wrote:Lost the rest of the pics. Here they are:


Third one has a remarkable resemblance, in the rear quarter, to the F-35. Stab configuration (though verts are larger here) is very spot on, as well as the engine nozzle/fuselage sizing and placement.

I had the same thought!
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Unread post15 Nov 2021, 11:22

h-bomb wrote:Here is an old Code One someone uploaded with a lot of info. I never saw a POC with SAAB Draken style inlets before:

https://online.fliphtml5.com/wrhvz/vkwk/#p=1


I wrote that a few years ago and uploaded it on my forum. It was a first try and has a few mistakes. I'm working on a much better version.
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Unread post19 Nov 2021, 21:07

35_aoa wrote:
Third one has a remarkable resemblance, in the rear quarter, to the F-35. Stab configuration (though verts are larger here) is very spot on, as well as the engine nozzle/fuselage sizing and placement.


Not at least the F401FS-2 from Paul's excellent write-up (h-bomb's link above):
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