|Object Name:||F-16XL Medallion|
|Platform(s):||F-16C/D Fighting Falcon|
|Year of Manufacture:||1982|
|Location:||Archive Object Store|
Forging the future for TACAIR
The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) F-16XL was a derivative of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, with a cranked-arrow delta wing. The enlarged wing increased fuel capacity by 82% and the F-16XL could carry twice the ordnance of the F-16 and deliver it 40% further. It was entered in the United States Air Force's (USAF) Enhanced Tactical Fighter (ETF) competition but lost to the F-15 Strike Eagle. Several years after the prototypes were shelved, they were turned over to NASA for aeronautical research.
This medallion was issued to mark the first flight in July 1982.