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.
|A three-view drawing (1278 x 852)|
| Take-off weight||13894 kg||30631 lb|
| Loaded weight||9526 kg||21001 lb|
| Wingspan||10.66 m||35 ft 12 in|
| Length||16.92 m||56 ft 6 in|
| Height||4.42 m||15 ft 6 in|
| Wing area||32.51 m2||349.93 sq ft|
| Max. speed||2071 km/h||1287 mph|
| Range w/max.fuel||4506 km||2800 miles|
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.
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
é o meu sonho pilota um jato como esse e eu vo realizalo
That top speed value still hasn't changed. Maybe it was converted from 2.071 km/h and then rounded down???
The top speed in mph is astonishing!!!
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?