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F-16 Development

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Aviation Week is the most likely source, as that's where I've seen that picture. Go back and check my thread on tail-less fighters/aircraft I posted over a year ago; I'm not sure if I had that picture in that thread, but I know some of the other pics I had from the same story are there.
 

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It's F-16X. During the 90s, there was a proposal to modify one of NASA's F-16XL to F-16X variant and if it be successful, than to start the serial production sometime in 2010. The lack of money and JSF program killed this effort.
 

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I've been doing some research and we have a topic about F-16 origins but nothing about its development.
Let's start with a pic I found of an F-16 with a General Dynamics developed recce pod.

Source: Pg 134. Supersonic Fighter Development. Roy Braybrook. Ed Haynes. 1987 ISBN 0-85429-582-8

RF-16 and F-16 recce pods are described on GD F-16 Fighting Falcon. Aerograph I. Jay Miller. 1982. ISBN 0-942548-01-9. But the photo attached here is not included.
 

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Hi,

here is F-16 with 2-D vectored thrust nozzles.

http://grcimagenet.grc.nasa.gov/GRCDigitalImages/1983/1983_02543L.jpg
 

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Seems to be a nice photo of that model: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/060905-F-1234S-040.jpg

...but I cant open it, probably because its again .mil URL. Can somebody try and if it works, attach it here? Thanks.
 

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As far as I know a test to fit the Hornet's radar !
 

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From Aerograph I by Jay Miller

page 100

F-16A/"Big Nose": completed in mock-up form only. Study conducted to explore the feasibility of installing more powerful APG-65 radar system or 40" focal lenght HIAC camera. No external changes other than those.
 

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F-16A/"Big Nose"
reminds me of the "Big Nose" Convair B-58 Hustler, used to test the GAR-9 missile system, there,s a picture on page 98 of the Aerofax book...


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pometablava said:
From Aerograph 1 GD F-16 by Jay Miller
page 100
F-16A/"Big Nose": completed in mock-up form only. Study conducted to explore the feasibility of installing more powerful APG-65 radar system or 40" focal length HIAC camera. No external changes other than those.
That particular F-16 "75-0750" was modified a lot... :eek: B)
Link: http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F-16/airframe-profile/8
 

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Bill Gunston thought the F-16X would have wing derived from the F-22, the fuselage would be stretched with improved weapons and avionics (he didn't say based on F22 or JSF but presumably so given its post-2010 likely entry date) and 80% more fuel.
Source: 'Lockheed Aircraft Cutaways' Osprey Publishing 1998
 

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From Jay Miller's great book General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, Aerograph 1.
 

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Few drawings of developments from a 1976 General Dynamics document. Recon version and over and under wing conformal tanks.
 

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The underwing pod size is a limiter though as shown, as it shows an external missile mount like the F-15 FAST packs. Something with folding fins would allow an internal carriage pod in the same vein as the F-15 Silent Eagle FAST packs. The conformal gunpod variant is interesting though. Something more like that F-4 in Vietnam with the triple gunpods (Chico the Gunlinger)? Today I doubt there would be much of a case for it, just as the heavy attack centerline gunpod was eventually ignored due to poor utility and lack of software. But if that sandia reasearch for .50cal laser guided bullets pans out, a sniping conformal gunpod of sorts, separate from the normal inbuilt gun, might have legs if combined with a laser designator like a Sniper XL pod hanging off the inlet. Though a system like that would have more utility as a conventional hanging gunpod with a built in laser designator ball turret stuffed in under the muzzle.
 

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Hi,


here is the General Dynamics F-16 Six-DOF VISTA;


https://engineering.purdue.edu/~andrisan/Courses/AAE490A_S2007/Buffer/Calspan%20VSS%20Airrcraft/IFS_History_AIAA%20Paper_Calspan.pdf
 

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hesham said:
here is the General Dynamics F-16 Six-DOF VISTA;


https://engineering.purdue.edu/~andrisan/Courses/AAE490A_S2007/Buffer/Calspan%20VSS%20Airrcraft/IFS_History_AIAA%20Paper_Calspan.pdf
Also;

https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a185224.pdf
 

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This is an abbreviated version of the Aviation Week & Space Technology article “USAF Death Claw Shows New Way To Speed Development”, which describes the full details of issues faced with the F-16’s capabilities, how Death Claw aims to address these issues, and industry insights into the system.

A 40-year-old idea to improve strafing accuracy by transferring flight control of a manned fighter to the autopilot to aim the gun is being revived as the U.S. Air Force looks internally for innovations that can be demonstrated and delivered quickly. An operational version of the Digitally Enhanced Aiming Through Control Law (Death Claw) system is in development less than two years after the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School conceived and performed an eight-month demonstration.

In effect, Death Claw has two functions. As a new automated flight mode, it solves a practical problem for pilots of F-16s and potentially other fly-by-wire fighters. The system also highlights a path to introducing aircraft upgrades faster by involving the test community up front. Adding an “auto-gunnery mode” to the flight control law, and allow the autopilot control to point the aircraft when the gun is engaged. Bill Gray, chief test pilot of the test pilot school, launched a demonstration program in late 2017 to prove it could work.

The test pilot school owns the F-16 Variable stability Inflight Simulator Test Aircraft (VISTA), an aircraft specially modified to allow inflight changes to the flying qualities. “I realized it would be a relatively simple modification to adjust the control of that airplane to actually test this to do the concept exploration,” he says.

As much as the Air Force pushes to accelerate development, the question still remains how much schedule compression is possible during the test-and-evaluation phase.

In the case of Death Claw, the test pilot school used a live demonstration to prove a basic autopilot capability. Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works is now working on an improved operational version of the new autopilot gunnery mode, but the Air Force collected the data it needed to make a decision with a rudimentary system created within four months in 2017. The test community also now has experience with the technology, which could help focus the follow-on test schedule.

 
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