US Air Force - AFMC F-16s

USAF F-16C #88469 successfully launched the first Have-Lite (a lightweight version of the Popeye standoff precision attack missile) on 26.11.2002. Note the data link pod on Station 5 which is used to guide the weapon to the target. [USAF photo]


  • Anonymous on 2005-Apr-21 19:06:12 Anonymous said

    Philippe (phil)

    What is that cover on the gun?
  • Anonymous on 2005-Aug-09 07:19:16 Anonymous said


    There is no gun!
  • Anonymous on 2006-Jan-20 22:13:30 Anonymous said

    Gun question

    Most test aircraft have their guns removed to make room for additional avionics. No need for guns in a test mission... unless of course you're testing guns!

  • Anonymous on 2006-Aug-21 03:47:39 Anonymous said

    removed gun

    Most of the guns (and ammo drums) were removed from the test F-16s at Edwards. Instrumentation recorders were installed in the gun-drum bay. a plate covered the muzzle port. The 16s that needed 20mm Vulcan cannon had the instrumentation installed on the centerline station instead of a fuel tank.

    Aside: The test aircraft with the centerline pod-mounted instrumentation packages were MUCH easier to work on. The gun-drum mounted packages required about 100 screws and several antennas be removed for pre-and post-flights.

    Crew Chief on the 16s at Eddy's Airplane Patch '88-'90, primarily -688 and -064. Retrained as a Flight Engineer on C-5s and later EC-130s.

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