X-15 and F-16 layout similarities

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The downward canted horizontal tails, blended body, single vertical stabilizer, and trapezoidal stub wings of the x-15 are reminiscent of the f-16. Was any data on the x-15 used to help design the f-16? The early fly-by-wire system was first flown on the x-15, and later on the f-16. Any insight out there would be appreciated, thanks.
 

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kcran567 said:
The downward canted horizontal tails, blended body, single vertical stabilizer, and trapezoidal stub wings of the x-15 are reminiscent of the f-16. Was any data on the x-15 used to help design the f-16? The early fly-by-wire system was first flown on the x-15, and later on the f-16. Any insight out there would be appreciated, thanks.

Unrelated. Different operating regimes.
 

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Byeman said:
kcran567 said:
The downward canted horizontal tails, blended body, single vertical stabilizer, and trapezoidal stub wings of the x-15 are reminiscent of the f-16. Was any data on the x-15 used to help design the f-16? The early fly-by-wire system was first flown on the x-15, and later on the f-16. Any insight out there would be appreciated, thanks.

Unrelated. Different operating regimes.


I agree on that.


If one wants to look some similiarities among X-15 and some real life aircraft I would bet on the Lockheed F-104C rather than the later GD F-16A.
It is not coincidental that the aerospace trainer for X-15 and X-20 rookie pilots was the NF-104 a specific rocket propelled version of the Starfighter realized starting by the F-104A.
 

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