Northrop YF-17

ICAO aircraft code YF17
Manufacturer Northrop Grumman
Country United States

The Northrop YF-17 (nicknamed “Cobra”) is a prototype lightweight fighter aircraft designed by Northrop aviation for the United States Air Force’s Lightweight Fighter (LWF) technology evaluation program.

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Northrop YF-17 specifications

General

ICAO aircraft code
YF17
Manufacturer
Northrop Grumman
Manufactured
1972 - 1974
Country
United States

Aircraft performance

Engine:
2x General Electric YJ101-100
Jet
Power:
14,400 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
1150 Kts
2,130 Km/h
Travel range:
2,400 Nm
4,445 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
60,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
50000 feet / minute
254.00meter / second

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
13,894 Kg
30,631 lbs
Max Payload:
4,369 Kg
9,632 lbs

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About the Northrop YF-17

The Northrop YF-17 (nicknamed “Cobra”) is a prototype lightweight fighter aircraft designed by Northrop aviation for the United States Air Force’s Lightweight Fighter (LWF) technology evaluation program. 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. The YF-17 was the culmination of a long line of Northrop designs, beginning with the N-102 Fang in 1956, continuing through the F-5 family.

Although it lost the LWF competition to the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the YF-17 was selected for the new Naval Fighter Attack Experimental (VFAX) program. In enlarged form, the F/A-18 Hornet was adopted by the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps to replace the A-7 Corsair II and F-4 Phantom II, complementing the more expensive F-14 Tomcat. This design, conceived as a small and lightweight fighter, was scaled up to the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which is similar in size to the original F-15.

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