Air Force

December 13, 2013

This week in history

Rick Griset
56th Fighter Wing History office

1973: YF-16 rolls out

General Dynamic (now Lockheed-Martin) rolled out the first YF-16 prototype aircraft 40 years ago today from its Fort Worth, Texas, plant. Tail number 72-1567 was to compete with the YF-17 in a fly-off. The winner would win the contract to replace the aging Republic F-105 Thunderchief and McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II.

The prototype was placed inside a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy and flown to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for testing on Jan. 8, 1974. The aircraft was to fly a 90-minute maiden voyage Feb. 2. Prior to that flight, the aircraft had to pass a high-speed taxi test.

Phil Oestricher, General Dynamic test pilot, took the aircraft onto the runway for its high-speed taxi check Jan. 20. As the aircraft approached take-off speed, it experienced roll control oscillation. Those oscillations scraped the missile that was loaded on the right-side wingtip and the left-side stabilator.

As the aircraft began to veer off the runway, Oestricher decided to lift the aircraft off the ground. Otherwise, the aircraft might have crashed and ended the program and the competition between the YF-16 with the YF-17. After flying the aircraft for six minutes, Oestricher safely landed the prototype.
After the competition, tail number 72-1567 was rebuilt with twin canards. The rebuilt aircraft became the U.S. Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory’s Control Configured Vehicle.

The canards allowed the aircraft to maneuver in one plane without moving in another. For example, the pilot could turn without having to bank the aircraft. In 1981, the Air Force dropped the aircraft from its inventory. Today, you can see the original restored YF-16 prototype at the Virginia Air and Space Museum in Hampton, Va.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Airman 
PEDRO MOTA

Construction enterprise ongoing

AirmanPEDRO MOTA Some of the base upgrades and new facilities have a direct connection to the arrival of the F-35 Lightening ll joint strike fighter and Luke’s transition to training F-35 pilots. X marks the spot of one of tw...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Ducks conquer Ragnar Del Sol

Courtesy photo Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks cross the finish line Feb. 28 in Mesa. The more than 200-mile-long Ragnar race is held every year starting in Wickenburg and runs through the night until the race ...
 
 
Tech. Sgt.
LOUIS VEGA Jr.

944th reservist receives F-35 firefighter training

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Members from local fire departments watch and listen Feb. 26 during a PowerPoint presentation at the Luke Air Force Base fire station conference room. Local fire departments gathered Feb. 26 to receive ...
 

 

Women’s History Month: Remembering the past, looking toward the future

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — During the 1900s, answering phone calls, maintaining records and providing minor health care were some of few roles women who served in the military were permitted to fill. Jobs left open because men left for war, gave women the opportunity to step up and volunteer on the home front. A...
 
 
Courtesy photo

AF leaders seek relief from sequestration-level funding

Courtesy photo Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III testify before the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations’ Defense Subcommittee Feb. 27 in Washington....
 
 

Air Force News – March 6, 2015

Hawaii The 2014 Air Force safety awards were announced Feb. 25 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, naming Pacific Air Forces the recipient of the Secretary of the Air Force Safety Award, the highest safety award in the Air Force. Tucson Air Forces Southern joined forces with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Southern Command and...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin