F-16XL - Cranked-Arrow Wing

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    Underside view of the F-16XL airframe with medium range missiles and an enormous load of 14 Mk-82 bombs attached. [General Dynamics photo]
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    USAF F-16XL/B #75-0747 is flying over Edwards AFB in the mid eighties during it's time with the USAF. [USAF photo]
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    NASA F-16XL #849 is spotted at Edwards AFB during Flight Test Nation 2009 on October 17th, 2009. The airframe has been permanently retired. [Airfighters.com photo by Jayson F. SNow]
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    NASA F-16XL #848 is spotted at Edwards AFB on October 5th, 1995. At that time is was still conducting the laminar flow testing of the wing. [Airfighters.com photo by David F. Brown]
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    NASA F-16XL #848 is spotted at Edwards AFB on February 25th, 2010 being stored at the NASA Dryden facility. [Airfighters.com photo by Paul Newbold]
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    The F-16XL started out in 1977 as the F-16 Supersonic Cruise and Maneuver Prototype, or SCAMP. The goal of the program was to demonstrate the applicability of supersonic transport technologies to military aircraft. The program was led by Harry Hillaker, the chief designer of the F-16. Two aircraft were built—a one-seat and a two-seat version. [Lockheed photo]
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    Underside view of USAF F-16XL #75-0747 flying with an A/A setup over Edwards AFB on March 3rd, 1983. [Photo by Keith Svendsen]
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    Underside view of USAF F-16XL #75-0749 flying with dummy Sidewinders, AMRAAMS and B-61 nukes over Edwards AFB in 1982. [Photo by Keith Svendsen]
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    F-16XL/A is shown in yellow primer readied to be preserved at the Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards AFB in September of 2019. [Photo by William J. Simone]