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Some notional; none produced beyond the wind-tunnel model which is a couple of S-bends short of being a Macross Valkyrie :)

 

 

 

A bit more practical...note, I bought the book the image below appears in when I was in high school in '87, and I really believed this was going to be a real thing:

 

 

BONUS F16-FSW IMAGE! Just a General Dynamics promotional model kitbash, I think.

 

 

 

 

 

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I recall that book, think it was part of my father's collection. There were certainly a lot of interesting F-16 variants proposed and in some cases actually built over the years.

 

About that time in the '80s was when the DoD was doing Advanced STOVL studies that would eventually lead to the JSF program. That F-16 "E7" may have been related to that work.

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Ah. The tailless delta-winged F-16. Further hypothetical updates of that design with the alleged performance improvements made it such an awesome fighter. Too bad it never got produced. AFAIK, it could've supercruised and also had a smaller RCS, but was kept hush hush so the Fighter Mafia could get the F-22.

 

One thing that caught my imagination was Dale Brown's Day of the Cheetah which had Mexico equipped with that kind of F-16. There's a picture out there somewhere of a model (plastic or CGI, I dunno) F-16 delta with the conformal fuel tanks found in some Israeli and UAE F-16s. Really improves IMO the look of that lawn dart.

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Ah. The tailless delta-winged F-16. Further hypothetical updates of that design with the alleged performance improvements made it such an awesome fighter. Too bad it never got produced. AFAIK, it could've supercruised and also had a smaller RCS, but was kept hush hush so the Fighter Mafia could get the F-22.

 

One thing that caught my imagination was Dale Brown's Day of the Cheetah which had Mexico equipped with that kind of F-16. There's a picture out there somewhere of a model (plastic or CGI, I dunno) F-16 delta with the conformal fuel tanks found in some Israeli and UAE F-16s. Really improves IMO the look of that lawn dart.

 

 

 

Well, they did build a couple of F16-XLs; NASA uses them as testbeds. Or has, anyway.

 

 

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