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Odd NASA F-16 at Moffett?

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posted on Sep, 27 2019 @ 03:42 PM
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a reply to: FredT

I reached out to someone that may know. I should hear back tonight. It might be one of the XL models, when they were testing different configurations before settling on the cranked kite.




posted on Sep, 27 2019 @ 04:04 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

It was a model of the General Dynamics E-7 STOVL concept. NASA Ames did some wind tunnel testing in the 1980s.



posted on Sep, 27 2019 @ 04:13 PM
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a reply to: Shadowhawk

Thank you! I hadn't heard of that one. I'll have to do some reading on it.



posted on Sep, 27 2019 @ 04:18 PM
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HaHa late to the party as always
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posted on Sep, 27 2019 @ 04:20 PM
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originally posted by: Shadowhawk
a reply to: Zaphod58

It was a model of the General Dynamics E-7 STOVL concept. NASA Ames did some wind tunnel testing in the 1980s.

Thanks Shadowhawk and Zaphod



posted on Sep, 27 2019 @ 04:34 PM
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a reply to: Shadowhawk

Here is a better view of the E7 shadowhawk is referring too..good spot sir!!!



posted on Sep, 28 2019 @ 08:23 AM
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`a reply to: FredT
Didn't they talk about reactivating at least one if not both XL's a few years back for further research?



posted on Sep, 28 2019 @ 08:25 AM
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a reply to: Silentvulcan
I vaguely remember that from back in the 80's. But I didn't think it even got to the mock up stage, just concept art like the forward swept wing variant they talked about. Good find.


GD

posted on Sep, 28 2019 @ 05:46 PM
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a reply to: DaMac

What is that on the port side of the aircraft- looks somewhat like a X-37...



posted on Sep, 29 2019 @ 02:24 AM
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I think it’s an auxiliary air intake for the vectored thrust system they were trying out on this aircraft...there is a lot more info on the secret projects forum on the aircraft along with more pictures etc etc.a reply to: GD




posted on Sep, 29 2019 @ 05:39 AM
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Oops...just re-read that question by GD...he was referring to the sat picture and that is I think a smaller scale model of the E7 used for wind tunnel testing. a reply to: Silentvulcan




posted on Sep, 29 2019 @ 05:39 AM
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posted on Sep, 30 2019 @ 08:06 PM
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Speaking of the XLs, the single seat aircraft is currently in paint at the AF Flight Test Museum, being restored.



posted on Oct, 3 2019 @ 12:08 AM
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Went Back on a cooler day and got a clean shot

You can easily make out the DARPA and the Canada Eh? logos





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