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General Dynamics F-16 VISTA
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The F-16 VISTA flying in formation with the F/A-18 HARV (top) and the X-31 (middle).
Description
Role Test Aircraft
Crew 2
Passengers
First flight
Entered service Never
Manufacturer General Dynamics (later Lockheed Martin )
Produced 1
Dimensions
Length 14.8 m
Wingspan 9.8 m
Height 4.8 m
Wing area 28 m²
Weights
Empty 8273 kg
Loaded 12003 kg
Maximum takeoff 19187 kg
Powerplant
Engine General Electric F110
Power (each) 1x

14,590 lbf (64.9 kN) dry thrust,

23,770 lbf (105.7 kN) with afterburner

Performance
Maximum speed 2414 km/h
Cruising speed
Range 5200 km
Ceiling 15240 m
Rate of climb 250 m/s

The General Dynamics F-16 VISTA ("Variable stability In-flight Simulator Test Aircraft"), is an experimental variant of the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon.

It is equipped with a multi-axis thrust vectoring nozzle, to provide optimal control in post-stall situations. The F-16 VISTA is a supermaneuverable aircraft, able to fly at a Angle of Attack, which is higher than on aircraft with conventional control surfaces.

The F-16 VISTA was succesfully tested, but the thrust vectoring nozzle was never installed into in-service F-16 Fighting Falcons.

The F-16 VISTA is not operational, but it is used by the US Air Force´s Test pilot school.

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