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GENERAL DYNAMICS F-16XL

Posted 11/2/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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General Dynamics F-16XL (S/N 75-0749) in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Two F-16XLs were built as conversions from Full Scale Development aircraft. The No. 1 aircraft (S/N 75-0749) was a single-seat version while No. 2 (S/N 75-0747) was a two-seat version. The aircraft were flight tested from mid-1982 through 1985 before being put into storage. The No. 1 aircraft was pulled from storage in 1989 and modified for test work with NASA for studies on supersonic laminar flow and sonic boom research (in conjunction with an SR-71). The second aircraft was returned to service at the Dryden Flight Research Center in 1992 and took over the supersonic laminar flow project from aircraft No. 1.

The F-16XL is a radically different version of the standard F-16. The most obvious design change is the "Cranked-arrow" double delta wing. The aircraft is also more than four feet longer than the production F-16A. The XL was initially intended as a multi-role strike aircraft competing against the F-15E Strike Eagle. The F-16XL never entered production, and only the two prototypes were built.


Type Number built/
converted
Remarks
F-16A 1,432 670 to USAF
F-16B 312 122 to USAF
F-16C 1,823 1,222 to USAF
F-16D 404 206 to USAF
F-16N 22 U.S. Navy F-16C
TF-16N 4 U.S. Navy F-16D
F-16XL 2 (cv) Cranked Arrow wing


TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: One 20mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon and various combinations of air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and bombs
Engine: One Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100 turbofan of 23,830 lbs. static sea level thrust with afterburner (General Electric F110-GE-129 on the two-seat aircraft) 
Maximum speed: Approx. 1,300 mph (about 1,400 mph for the two-seat aircraft)
Cruising speed: Approx. 600 mph
Range: 2,850 miles
Service ceiling: 50,000 ft. 
Span: 34 ft. 3 in. with missiles mounted (32 ft. 5 in. without missiles or rails)
Length: 54 ft. 2 in. with pitot boom
Height: 17 ft. 7 in.
Weight: 48,000 lbs. maximum takeoff
Crew: One (two on aircraft 75-0747)

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