posted on Dec, 4 2002 @ 04:18 AM
In 1972, the USAF sought proposals for a new fighter under the Lightweight Fighter (LWF) program. The LWF prototype program called for a small,
lightweight, low cost, air superiority day fighter designed for high performance and ease of maintenance. The Northrop YF-17 was tested against the
General Dynamics YF-16 in the LWF fly-off competition. The F-16 won and entered production starting in 1975.
The US Navy also evaluated the YF-17 and was interested in developing a strengthened version capable of carrier operation. Northrop teamed with
McDonnell Douglas to develop this new air combat fighter which evolved into the F-18.
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