F-16XL - Cranked-Arrow Wing

Atmospheric shot of F-16XL ship no. 2 (#75747), the two-seater [Photo by Erwin Boone]


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  • Aircraft Database: F-16 #75747

    One of the original F-16A Full-Scale Development aircraft. The aircraft crash landed on Rogers dry lake bed at Edwards AFB due to a blown nose gear tire on take off during the annual open house air show. The pilot survived unharmed but very shaken. It was shipped to General Dynamics Fort Worth in a C-5 and rebuilt into the first cranked-arrow F-16XL, flying back to Edwards one year later on December 2nd, 1981. It was later converted into a dual-seat F-16XL/B. First flight in its new configuration was on October 29th, 1982.

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