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F-16XL Ship #1 | NASA

F-16XL Ship #1 | NASA

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with supersonic laminar flow control experiment

NASA's single-seat F-16XL tail number 849 is shown accelerating in full afterburner during a flight in 1995.

F-16XL 849

NASA's single-seat tail number 849 is shown accelerating in full afterburner during a flight in

Aircraft Fleet 1990s    Four different versions of the F-16 were used by Dryden in the 1990s. On the left and right sides are two F-16XLs. On the left is the F-16XL #2 (NASA 848), which is the two-seat version, used for advanced laminar flow studies until late 1996. On the right is the single-seat F-16XL #1 (NASA 849), used for laminar flow research and sonic boom research. (Laminar flow refers to smooth airflow over a wing, which increases lift and reduces drag compared to turbulent…

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Different versions of according to purpose. Two on either side are delta-winged versions. If I understand it correctly, delta-winged types are suitable for carrying more weapons.

F-16XL #849 shows off its unusual "cranked arrow" double-delta wing platform during a functional check flight to check out its n

F-16XL #1 in Flight Over Desert

shows off its unusual "cranked arrow" double-delta wing platform during a functional check flight to check out its n

The single-seat F-16XL #1, NASA 849, joins up with an SR-71A, NASA 844, as crews set up for one of the flights in the recent sonic boom research program conducted by the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA.

F-16XL Ship #1

The single-seat NASA 849 joins up with an NASA 844 as crews set up for one of the flights in the recent sonic boom research program conducted by the Dryden Flight Research Center Edwards CA

F-16XL Ship #1 | NASA

F-16XL Ship #1

A bug's-eye view of NASA's at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA, shows the unique shape of its delta cranked arrow wing.

F-16XL #1 Wing Pressure Belts

F-16XL Ship #1

F-16XL #1 Wing Pressure Belts

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F-16XL Ship #2 Image Gallery

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