Started by KJ_Lesnick, September 05, 2009, 09:19:51 AM
Quote from: KJ_Lesnick on September 08, 2009, 12:40:19 PMWell the idea I was thinking of would be if the YF-17 was designed instead of being a LWF contender and export-fighter, as just a dedicated LWF design like how General Dynamics designed their YF-16. Either just that, just by itself (To stand a better chance in the LWF program) or in addition to a dedicated LWF, Northrop would also design a new export fighter to replace the F-5 and F-104, I'm thinking like the F-20 or something. Did Northrop have the monetary resources to do that?
QuoteI'm not entirely certain that they did at that point in time.
Quote from: KJ_Lesnick on September 11, 2009, 06:10:53 PMWasn't the F-5E created in 1971?
QuoteI believe the knowledge base that created the shark nose was a development of the reserch and theorizing from the LERX development fo rthe Cobra/Hornet development line. There wer a group of aerodynamicists who took the control of vortexes further to produce the shark nose.
QuoteThe F-16 nose was essentially the lowest-drag nose they could fit that would accomodate the necessary radar.
QuoteFor aerodynamic purposes, it wa squashed for a round cross-section to an oval one.
QuoteHave you ever seen the imockup for putting an An/APG-65 from the F-18 into the F-16?
Quoteit definitely has some "interesting" contours. I don't know that Northrop would've necessarily gotten to taht development that much earlier (look at the radomes on the various Cobra designs); it was very much an iterative process for developing the concepts.
QuoteThe YF-16 did not have a radar, but adding one was one of the requirements for the production F-16. This converted what was essentially a conical nose into the longer radome shape seen on all production F-16s.
QuoteWhen the AN/APG-65 was announced for the F-18, GD did a mockup to see if one could be fitted to the F-16 in place of the AN/APG-66; the resulting design was decidedly Durante-esque.
QuoteNot necessarily for "defects" so much as "lessons learned during the design process". A good design generally goes through several iterations before you get the final product (look at the evolution of the NAA Mustang - and not just the obvious changes; the redesign for the P-51B also incorporated some significant redesign that greatly improved producability while reducing susceptibility to damage for the cooling system).
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