Northrop YF-17


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Northrop YF-17

Based on the company-funded P530 Cobra project, the YF-17 was developed to meet a USAF Request for Proposals for a lightweight day air superiority fighter. Of the companies making submissions for the RFP, Northrop and General Dynamics were each awarded contracts on 13 April 1972 for their contenders as the YF-17 and YF-16 respectively. The two YF-17 prototypes were flown on 9 June and 21 August 1974, these each being powered by two General Electric YJ101-GE-100 engines rated at 6532kg with afterburning. Proposed armament comprised one 20mm rotary cannon and two AIM-9 Sidewinder AAMs, provision being made for one centreline and four wing stores stations to give the YF-17 multi-mission capability. In 1974, the YF-16 was selected by the USAF, the YF-17 providing the basis for a shipboard tactical fighter for the US Navy, being further developed in collaboration with McDonnell Douglas as the F/A-18 Hornet.

Northrop YF-17A three-view drawing (1278 x 852)

  Take-off weight13894 kg30631 lb
  Loaded weight9526 kg21001 lb
  Wingspan10.66 m35 ft 12 in
  Length16.92 m56 ft 6 in
  Height4.42 m15 ft 6 in
  Wing area32.51 m2349.93 sq ft
  Max. speed2071 km/h1287 mph
  Range w/max.fuel4506 km2800 miles

Dave, e-mail, 25.05.2012 00:41

On assignment to my first F-16 base after crosstraining into F-16 Test Station maintenance, I was surprised to learn that my Squadron Commander had been on the Selection Team that chose the YF-16 over the YF-17. I was eager to know if it had been a difficult choice between excellent aircraft, and he replied: Actually, no. The YF-17 was "a thoroughly ordinary airplane," while the YF-16 was, as we now know well, a Worldbeater. The YF-17 could do one thing well, he said: Land. It was a delight to land, in contrast to the F-16, which doesn't WANT to land; it wants to fly. (He reminded me that the YF-16's First Flight was an accidental takeoff.) For that reason, he wasn't surprised that the Navy chose the YF-17 for development into the F-18; in addition, the design was more tolerant of the substantial weight gain associated with adaptation to carrier ops than the F-16.


lucas, e-mail, 08.01.2012 16:29

se só tem chance de pilotar aqui no Brasil um Rafale, Mirage 2000 B ou C alem de ir parar num F-5, num AMX ou até num Tucano ou ALX


gabriel, e-mail, 07.01.2011 00:35

é o meu sonho pilota um jato como esse e eu vo realizalo


Glenn, e-mail, 06.03.2009 05:30

That top speed value still hasn't changed. Maybe it was converted from 2.071 km /h and then rounded down???


thawkins, e-mail, 23.09.2007 03:35

The top speed in mph is astonishing!!!


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