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In 1972 the USAF sought proposals for a new fighter under the Lightweight Fighter (LWF) program. After Vietnam experience, a need evolved for a small, lightweight, low cost, air superiority day fighter designed for high performance and ease of maintenance. The Northrop YF-17 with nickname Cobra was developed and competed against the General Dynamics F-16. The first YF-17 flew June 1974 at Edwards AFB. A second prototype was also made. It had two GE YJ-101 engines and strakes, two side air intakes and twin tails. Eventually, the F-16 won the LWF selection and entered production in 1975. Although the YF-17 did not enter USAF service, experience of  Northrop was used when it teamed with McDonnell Douglas to develop a new air combat fighter, which evolved into the McDonnell Douglas / Northrop F-18 Hornet

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Northrop YF-17

This aircraft has serial s/n 72-1570 is on display at the Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama, USA.

Photographed Januari 2012 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland


Northrop YF-17

And here is the second YF-17 aircraft with serial s/n 72-1569. It is on display at the Western Museum of Flight at Torrance, CA.

Photographed 2016 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland


No accurate injection moulded models of the YF-17 are known. Anigrand has a 1/72 resin kit. (Note that the very old kits of Hasegawa were for a "pre-production" F-18A, both in 1/72 and 1/32 scale).