The U.S. Air Force Competition That Gave Birth to the F-16 and F/A-18 Fighters
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Dario Leone


History lessons. 

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) Lightweight Fighter (LWF) program sought a small, lightweight, low cost, air superiority day fighter designed for high performance and ease of maintenance. The LWF was initiated because many in the fighter community believed that aircraft like the F-15 Eagle were too large and expensive for many combat roles.

Two aircraft competed one versus the other in the LFW program the General Dynamics YF-16 and the Northrop YF-17.


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