The F-16XL was conceived as an alternative strike aircraft to complement the F-16C Fighting Falcon in the 1980s. It was submitted as a proposal for the ETF (Enhanced Tactical Fighter) program. Only 2 prototypes were built, one single-seat and one two-seat designated F-16XL-1 and F-16XL-2 respectively. The prototypes lost to the much cheaper, faster, more durable, and more conventional F-15E Strike Eagle. The prototypes were originally built to test the practicality of composite wing skins and both first flew in 1982 (the single-seater in July and the two-seater in October). After the prototypes completed their test programs, both were stored until one was passed to NASA in 1989. The F-16XL’s service designations would have been F-16E (single-seat) and F-16F (two-seat). The large “Cranked-Arrow” double-delta wing, which identified the –XL from its brethren, had an impressive 6 hardpoints under each wing in addition to the 2 wingtip hardpoints and fuselage hardpoints. The “Cranked-Arrow” wing also allowed more fuel to be carried increasing the Falcon’s already good range and the increased lift allowed for a much shorter takeoff roll. The large delta wing design hindered maneuverability at low speeds, though at higher speeds the –XL could turn almost as fast as the F-16C. Both prototypes are now in NASA service.


F-16XL Wizard


Standard Weapons

Special Weapons

  • XAGM: AGM-65G Maverick(AC5/ACZ/ACX)
  • BDSP: JP223 Anti Runway Submunitions(ACZ/ACX)
  • SAAM: AIM-7F Sparrow (ACZ/ACX)


Ace Combat 5/Zero

  • Speed: 66
  • Defense: 61
  • Mobility: 52
  • Stability: 64
  • Air-to-Air: 34
  • Air-to-Ground: 80

Ace Combat X

  • Speed: 69
  • Air-to-Air: 66
  • Air-to-Ground: 33
  • Mobility: 54
  • Stability: 60
  • Defense: 57


  • "Aircraft of the World" by: Claudio Muller Publisher: Muze Inc. (© 1995 - 2007)
  • Global Security: F-16XL


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