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#f18day

Remember this picture when people say fast jets can't do CAS. Legacy Hornet firing 5" Zuni rockets from fuselage mounting points at a ground target...

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#F16day

F-16 AFTI...another "what might have been" if stealth hadn't taken over. The forward canards worked with an advanced flight control system that enabled this weirdo to fly some in some really unorthodox ways (changing altitude without changing pitch, sideslips while keeping the nose pointed at a target, etc.), and if they'd stuck with it and added a 3D vectored thrust capability, this thing would have flown like a jet-powered hummingbird.

The AFTI also tested a bunch of other tech that either wasn't pursued further or was kicked down the road a bit, like voice commands and touchscreens. Bear in mind, this thing started flying in the mid-1980s. It's very likely that the F-35's development owes a big debt to the AFTI/F-16 program.

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#F15day

Tough old bird, and this also illustrates the principles of supplemental lift when you're short a major lifting surface. The big tailplane and the big intake meant that at the right speed, the Eagle could stay aloft and was controllable enough to land. 

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#F15day

One of the better "what if" ideas for the USAF, if stealth had never been a thing, is an operational fighter based off of the F-15 SMTD program, which was mainly focusing on a STOL capability for the Eagle. Thank goodness for video games and Dale Brown novels.

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I'm going a little crazy discovering that Google Street View works on Midway Island.

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"You pushed people who you thought couldn't push back."

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+Wayne Moyer
I think you might like this book – "The Big Book of X-Bombers & X-Fighters: USAF Jet-Powered Experimental Aircraft and Their Propulsive Systems" by Steve Pace, Walter J. Boyne.

Start reading it for free: http://a.co/5sI6qVC

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This is now one of my favorite #StarWars interviews of all time. The ending is spectacular. 

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Doggo delivery service taking these boys to new homes. I did 258 miles today for the cause. Beamer (the brown one) needed extra special cuddle care...he kept wanting to hide under my car.
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EVERYONE WATCH THIS AT TOP VOLUME NOW
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