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Strange Looking F-16 Airframe In Palmdale

Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:02 pm

Just got back from Palmdale and saw a strange looking F-16 airframe. It is sitting along Ave P outside the Lockheed Plant 42 area. Does anyone know what the story is behind this airframe? First I was thinking it was used for a movie prop but it doesn't look like something that was made for a movie because most everything in movies in CGI nowadays.



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RE: Strange Looking F-16 Airframe In Palmdale

Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:49 pm

I'll take a guess and say it's one of the F-16XL prototypes. IIRC F-16XL was the F-15E Strike Eagles competition.

Looks like maybe it's modified for other research.... That intake looks like one of the sonic boom reduction projects....
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RE: Strange Looking F-16 Airframe In Palmdale

Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:03 pm

Well now I'm not so sure about the XL. XL was a two seater and had no horizontal stab.
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RE: Strange Looking F-16 Airframe In Palmdale

Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:09 pm

Isn't that the airplane that was used to test the F-35's air inlet design? Take a close look at the inlet.
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RE: Strange Looking F-16 Airframe In Palmdale

Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:21 pm

Quoting ebj1248650 (Reply 3):
Isn't that the airplane that was used to test the F-35's air inlet design?

Could be. There's a pix of it on this page... scroll down a bit... Too bad it's not a pix of the whole airframe.


http://www.jsf.mil/f35/f35_technology.htm
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RE: Strange Looking F-16 Airframe In Palmdale

Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:16 am

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 4):
Quoting ebj1248650 (Reply 3):Isn't that the airplane that was used to test the F-35's air inlet design?
Could be. There's a pix of it on this page... scroll down a bit... Too bad it's not a pix of the whole airframe.


http://www.jsf.mil/f35/f35_technology.htm

That makes sense considering it sits about a mile away from where parts of the F-35 are built and the prototype was built. Thanks for the information. Hopefully Lockheed will put this airframe in a museum or at least take it across the street and let it sit in Joe Davies Airpark once they get all the piece put back on it.

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RE: Strange Looking F-16 Airframe In Palmdale

Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:04 pm

More pics here along with some descriptions.

http://www.zone-five.net/showthread.php?t=13552
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