• Short Summary

    This is the Mojave Desert in Southern California
    The home of Edward Air Force Base and the United States Air Force Flight Test Center.

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    This is the Mojave Desert in Southern California
    The home of Edward Air Force Base and the United States Air Force Flight Test Center.

    Located about 120 kilometers north of Los Angeles, the Center features one of the world's largest dry lake beds
    ... where some of the most advanced aircraft built are tested, including Northrop's YE-17, an experimental prototype of the Cobra Tactical Fighter Weapons System.

    On June 28, 36 representatives from four NATO countries visited Edwards, where the temperature was 40???C, to discuss and inspect the Cobra prototype as a possible replacement for F -104G Starfighter Aircraft.

    The representatives -- from Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands and Norway -- all got a first hand look at the YF-17/Cobra design.

    Like the great majority of today's advanced, high-performance aircraft, the YE-17 features twin engines -- developed by General Electric -- for improved safety and reliability.

    The YF-17 is designed to demonstrate the advanced technology features of the Cobra, which were incorporated as a result of several years of discussion between Northrop and the Air Forces of many European nations.

    The many advancements represented in the experimental YF-17 are drawn from the same technological base that has led through years of research to the design of the Cobra.

    The prototype YF-17 has only two missiles and one gun, while the Cobra can carry a full range of armament for both air-to-air and air-to-ground operations.

    After their inspection of the aircraft, the NATO ??? moved to the Edwards AFB flight line...

    Where they watched the YF-17 in action during a test flight. Northrop Chief Test Pilot Hank Chouteau is at the controls.

    The futuristic-looking YF-17, with its two turbojet engines, twin canted vertical tails and a new concept in wing design, is 50 percent more maneuverable than any currently operational aircraft. It is designed to fly at supersonic speeds without the use of afterburners.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2VJY8V9DUQ6QY17Z2MLRR1EI1
    Media URN:
    VLVA2VJY8V9DUQ6QY17Z2MLRR1EI1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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