Unbuilt F-16 based projects

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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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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.
The 70s/72s to be built in the next 10yrs could use the larger AESA and AESA SLAR (MTI EW Cyber etc) pod +AFTI/Automated Maneuver Attack System (AMAS) mods to introduce a hela JSTARS Gunslinger for CAS/BAI against distributed threats.

 

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