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The right horizontal tail was damaged in the inadvertent first flight of the first prototype YF-16 #72-1567. It was replaced in about three days during which the flight control system was adjusted to compensate for over-sensitive stick inputs during takeoff rolls. [Lockheed photo]


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  • Aircraft Database: F-16 #01567

    Rolled out at Fort Worth, Texas on December 13th, 1973. First flight on January 20th, 1974 which is the very first flight of an F-16. It had been moved in a C-5 galaxy 12 days prior on January 8th, 1974 and assembled for first flight. The first flight wasn't supposed to happen, but during high speed taxi trials the aircraft lifted off with the only option for the pilot was to proceed and fly. In the first stages the right-hand stab hit the runway a couple of times creating some damage to it.

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