Taming the Viper
At Luke Air Force Base, young pilots learn to fly the F-16.
- By The Editors
- Photographs by John M. Dibbs
- AirSpaceMag.com, January 11, 2013
A YF-16 on a test flight over Edwards Air Force Base in California in 1974, the year the fighter was introduced. While the YF-16's official first flight was February 2, 1974, during an earlier flight, on January 20, the test pilot decided to take off while performing a high-speed taxi test after the aircraft experienced roll oscillations.