The prototype of a new jet fighter aircraft was unveiled in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday (13 December).
The prototype of a new jet fighter aircraft was unveiled in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday (13 December). Code-named YF-16, the small, swept-wing fighter is said to have the same performance capabilities as the F-4 Phanton, already in service with the United States Air Force and other military Air Forces around the world.
Although the prototype cost 38 million dollars (17.5 million sterling), the estimated cost of a production-line YF-16 is put at three million dollars (1.3 million sterling), and its manufacturer, General Dynamics, are hoping to land a contrast for 200 of them from the United States Air Force.
Actual performance -- the jet has a top speed of 1500 miles an hour (2414 km per hour) and a range of 2000 miles (3218 kms) -- is only one of the YF-16's advantages according to General Dynamics. At three million dollars, it is three to five times less than that of comparable aircraft.
SYNOPSIS: At Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday - the unveiling of the prototype of the prototype of a new United States jet fighter. This small swept wing jet has the performance of larger aircraft and costs much less, according to its makers General Dynamics. Code named YF-16 the prototype cost thirty-eight million dollars. A production model should be about three million.At that price it would be at least three times cheaper that any other comparable aircraft. It has an estimated speed of fifteen hundred m.p.h. and a range of two thousand miles.
General Dynamics hope to sell two hundred of these jets to the United States Air Force.