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What happened with the original two prototypes of the YF-16 that were ordered during the Lightweight Fighter Program? Were they converted into combat-capable F-16's?

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Some of them are in museums, YF-16 was a technology exploration and didn’t commit to production.

  • YF-16

  • YF-16A (Full-Scale Development)

    • 75-0745 – Used as a traveling exhibit, on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
    • 75-0746 – Pylon-mounted gate guard, McEntire Air National Guard Base, South Carolina
    • 75-0748 – Cadet Area Quadrangle, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
    • 75-0750 – Experimental Aircraft Display Hangar, National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
  • YF-16B (FSD)

    • 75-0751 – under restoration at the Air Force Flight Center Museum, Edwards AFB, California.
    • 75-0752 – Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, Texas
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  • $\begingroup$ Why would they put aircraft like these in museums? Wouldn't it have been better to use them as trainer aircraft? These aircraft are expensive, it seems strange (when they were new!) to just commit them to become historical exhibits. Couldn't they be modified to be even combat capable? $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 18, 2019 at 15:43
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    $\begingroup$ @AlphaCentauri It would probably cost more over 25 years to maintain eight unique airframes than to just build the same number of new production F-16s. Unique is bad when it comes to bean-counting. $\endgroup$
    – Therac
    Commented Aug 17, 2023 at 10:53

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