YF-16 and FSD Aircraft

The second YF-16 (#01568), equiped with 2x AIM-9, 2x AIM-7 and camera pods test-firing a Sparrow missile. [USAF photo]


  • Anonymous on 2004-Mar-23 06:27:28 Anonymous said


    Very interesting given the fact that production F-16s didn't have the radar package necessary to fire an AIM-7. It wasn't until the ADF mod that the F-16 could carry an AIM-7.

    I wonder what killed the idea of production F-16s carrying AIM-7s? It must have been a little bit of "Eagle" politics I imagine.
  • Anonymous on 2005-Nov-28 04:09:53 Anonymous said


    Notice, that the Sparrows are mounted on the Main Landing Gear doors
  • Moe on 2010-Jul-24 04:47:05 Moe said

    F-16 AIM-7 capability

    I heard, and it seemed to be relatively common knowledge around the Test people, that GD had offered to equip the A model F-16s with a Continuous Wave Illuminator that would support the F-16's AIM-7 launch and guide capability for a mere $10,000 an airplane but the Air Force turned it down so they could keep the budget up for the F-15 procurement.

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    The aircraft used to perform some tests with the AIM-7 Sparrow missile. Only with the introduction of the ADF version of the F-16, a BVR missile capacity was added to the airframe.

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