12/31/2007. The sixth Full Scale Development YF-16A was selected
in 1978 to become the AFTI (Advanced Fighter Technology Integration)
test bed to explore new fighter aircraft technologies in the AFTI/F-16
program, directed by the USAF Systems Command's Flight Dynamics
Laboratory, with NASA, the USN and General Dynamics (GD) as
The selected YF-16A, s/n 75-075 was returned to GD by the USAF on
March 6, 1980, and the AFTI/F-16 was flown for the first time by Alex
Wolfe at Fort Worth, Texas, on July 10, 1982. The AFTI/F-16 program
ended on November 4, 1997 after more than 700 research flights. The
USAF continued to fly the aircraft until retiring it to the USAF
Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, on January 9, 2001.
Visible in the picture are the forward mounted canards and the hump on
the spine containing additional test equipment. Not visible is the
anti-spin chute mounted on the left-hand rear fuselage.