Vought/General Dynamics Model 1600 series was a prototype fighter aircraft proposal designed for the United States Navy's Navy Air Combat Fighter (NACF) program. The Model 1600 was a navalized derivative of the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, but lost to the Northrop/ McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet.
Development [ edit ]
Following the YF-16's victory over the
Northrop YF-17 for the U.S. Air Force’s ACF competition, General Dynamics decided a " navalized" variant could also best it in the Navy’s Navy Air Combat Fighter (NACF) program. Having no carrier aircraft experience, GD teamed up with Vought ( LTV Aerospace), which had designed the successful carrier-capable F-8 Crusader and A-7 Corsair II for the Navy; if selected, Vought would have produced the carrier version of the F-16. [1 ]
LTV created three concepts for the navalized F-16. The main proposal was the Model 1600, which was based on the Block 10 F-16. It featured structural strengthening, an arrestor hook, and a more robust
undercarriage to accommodate the rigors of carrier launch and recovery operations. The Model 1600 employed the Pratt & Whitney F401, but two other powerplant choices were also explored. [2 ] The Model 1601 had an improved [3 ] Pratt & Whitney F100, while the Model 1602 used the General Electric F101. The aircraft was to be armed with AIM-7 Sparrow air-air missiles. Launch rails were to be added on the sides of the intakes for AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. [3 ] However, the Navy preferred a twin-engine aircraft, among other reasons, and on 2 May 1975 it selected the Northrop- [3 ] McDonnell Douglas YF-17-based Model 267 proposal, which became the F/A-18 Hornet. [1 ] [4 ]
Variants [ edit ]
A strengthened version of the F-16 Block 10 with carrier arrestor hook and revised nosewheel.
It was powered by the [3 ] Pratt & Whitney F401 (JTF22A-26C) afteruburning turbofan. [2 ] [5 ] Model 1601
Similar to Model 1600, except equipped with an upgraded
Pratt & Whitney F100 (JTF22B-25) afterburning turbofan. [3 ] [5 ] Model 1602
Similar to Model 1601, except with a
General Electric F101-100 engine, a further enlarged fuselage, and avionics and armament changes. [3 ] [6 ] Model 1602B
Final submission in March 1975; least like the F-16.
Specifications (Model 1600) [ edit ]
Data from Secret Projects: Fighters & Interceptors 1945-1978 [5 ]
See also [ edit ]
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
References [ edit ]
^ a b Peacock 1997, p. 54.
^ a b Thomason 2009, p. 163.
^ a b c d e f Senior 2003, p. 21.
^ Buttler 2008, p. 207.
^ a b c Buttler 2008, p. 208.
^ Buttler 2008, p. 206.
^ Thomason 2009, p. 164.
Buttler, Tony (2008) [First published 2007]. American Secret Projects: Fighters & Interceptors 1945-1978. Hinckley, England, UK: Midland Publishing. ISBN 978-1-85780-264-1. Peacock, Lindsay.
On Falcon Wings: The F-16 Story. RAF Fairford, United Kingdom: The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Enterprises, 1997. ISBN 1-899808-01-9. Senior, Tim.
The AirForces Monthly Book of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Stamford, UK: Key Books Ltd, 2002. ISBN 0-946219-60-5.
Spick, Mike (2000). The Great Book of Modern Warplanes. Osceola, WI: MBI Publishing Company. ISBN 0-7603-0893-4.
Thomason, Tommy H. (2009). Strike from the Sea: U.S. Navy Attack Aircraft From Skyraider to Super Hornet 1948–Present. North Branch, MN: Specialty Press. ISBN 978-1-58007-132-1.
F-16 sources - need to check these for Model 1600 series info
Aronstein, David C. and Albert C. Piccirillo.
The Lightweight Fighter Program: A Successful Approach to Fighter Technology Transition. Reston, VA: AIAA, 1996. ISBN 978-1-56347-193-3. Darling, Kev.
F-16 Fighting Falcon (Combat Legend). London: Airlife, 2003. ISBN 1-84037-399-7. Drendel, Lou.
F-16 Fighting Falcon - Walk Around No. 1. Carrollton, TX: Squadron/Signal Books, 1993. ISBN 0-89747-307-8. Gunston, Bil.
United States Military Aircraft of the 20th Century London: Salamander Books Ltd, 1984. ISBN 0-86101-163-5. Hehs, Eric.
"Harry Hillaker — Father of the F-16." Code One: An Airpower Projection Magazine, April/July 1991. Hillaker, Harry.
"John Boyd, USAF Retired, Father of the F-16." Code One: An Airpower Projection Magazine, April/July 1997. Hoh, Roger H. and David G. Mitchell.
"Flying Qualities of Relaxed Static Stability Aircraft – Volume I: Flying Qualities Airworthiness Assessment and Flight Testing of Augmented Aircraft." Federal Aviation Administration (DOT/FAA/CT-82/130-I), September 1983. Retrieved: 16 June 2008. Mehuron, Tamar A., Assoc. Editor.
"2007 USAF Almanac - Equipment". Air Force Magazine, Journal of the Air Force Association 90 (5): May 2007. ISSN: 0730-6784. Richardson, Doug.
General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. London: Salamander Books, 1990. ISBN 0-86101-534-7. Williams, Anthony G. and Dr. Emmanuel Gustin.
Flying Guns: The Modern Era. Ramsbury, UK: The Crowood Press, 2004. ISBN 1-86126-655-3.
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