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Five manufacturers submitted proposals – Vought's V-1100, Lockheed's CL-1200 the Boeing Model 908 and the F-16 and F-17. The F-16 turned out to be an agile dogfighter with "superior acceleration, climb rates, endurance, and (except around Mach 0.7) turn rates"(Wikipedia). Given that the Boeing and Vought designs resembled the F-16, would it be fair to assume that their performance would have been quite similar? Answers would have to be based on the specifications as well as a guess as to agility in combat.

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  • $\begingroup$ The YF-17 looked a lot (lot) like the F-18. The Boeing design somewhat resembled the F-16, but I can't see much similarity between the F-16 and the V-1100... Maybe you are thinking about the Vought V-1600/1601? The V-1600 was supposed to be a Navalized version of the F-16, so its performance should be on-par with the F-16. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Apr 24 '17 at 14:48
  • $\begingroup$ Suggest you read The Pentagon Paradox as background to this question even though it is a direct criticism of the F-18 buy, not the F-16 buy. The High Low Mix was another DoD fantasy in the world of procurement, the same mentality that has brought us the F-35. Some things do not change. $\endgroup$ Apr 25 '17 at 1:11
  • $\begingroup$ Ron, the Vought V-1100 looked similar to the F-16, with a high wing, however other images I just found here afwing.com/intro/f16_talk/f16_viper/f16_viper-6.htm shows a longer wing. Also, the Boeing model 908 has a swept wing as far as I can see from the image. Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – stackex555
    Apr 25 '17 at 5:04
  • $\begingroup$ Kovin, thanks for the link. Where can I find more information on the war scenarios where the F-16 was planned to be used in? What about the F-35? Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – stackex555
    Apr 25 '17 at 5:05
  • $\begingroup$ GD and Northrup won the contracts to build the prototype F-16 and F-17 based on a proposal package. Since it was nothing but paper, it's hard to say how the competing designs would have fared. In a government procurement, proposals are evaluated against criteria (technical, managerial, cost) that are provided to the bidders in the request for proposal. A badly written proposal can kill a good design. Here's a recent article on the F-16/F-17 competition. $\endgroup$
    – Gerry
    Apr 25 '17 at 12:51

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