General Dynamics F-16XL

@ Edwards Air Force Base

October 2009

Attending the Edwards AFB Open House is always a treat due to the unique aircraft that can be encountered there.  The F-16XL was a derivative of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, with a cranked-arrow delta wing (as seen by the shadow) with two examples produced.  It was originally conceived as a technology demonstrator, carrying 82% ore fuel and 40% more ordnance that the standard F-16.  It was later entered in the United States Air Force’s (USAF) Enhanced Tactical Fighter (ETF) competition but lost to the F-15E Strike Eagle.  Both F-16XLs were retired in 2009 and are stored at Edwards AFB.  Nikon D70s w/ Tokina 11-16mm, processed with Aperture.


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