This is nice photograph that depicts the YF - 16 ( 01567, U.S.A.F. ) flying in formation with two F - 104 Starfighters ( FX - 90 and FX - 13, " The Slivers ", B.A.F. ) in June 1975.
Today, we offer for sale this nice photograph that depicts a General Dynamics YF - 16 ( 01567, U.S.A.F. ), operated by Neil R. Anderson ( 1933 - 2006 ), flying in formation with two Lockheed F - 104 Starfighters ( FX - 90 and FX - 13, " The Slivers ", B.A.F. ), operated by Palmer De Vlieger ( 1931 - 2020 ) and Gustaaf " Steve " Nuyts ( 1937 - 2018 ). It has been taken during the 01567's European Tour, in June 1975.
Rolled out at Fort Worth ( Texas, United States ) on December 13th, 1973, the 01567's first flight took place on January 20th, 1974, which is the very first flight of a F - 16 ( it had been moved in a Lockheed C - 5 Galaxy 12 days prior on January 8th, 1974, and assembled for the first flight ). It was not supposed to happen, but during high speed taxi trials, the aircraft lifted off with the only option for the pilot was to proceed and fly. In the first stages, the right - hand stab hit the runway a couple of times creating some damage to it.
On March 5th, 1975, it was accepted by the U.S.A.F. The first YF - 16 was rebuilt in December 1975 to become the U.S.A.F. Flight Dynamics Laboratory's Control Configured Vehicle ( CCV ). The first flight in the CCV role was on March 16th, 1976, and the tests lasted until July 31st, 1977. On June 24th, 1976, it was damaged when the engine failed during a landing cycle. It was repaired but broken again in a hard landing in July 1977. This cut the CCV tests short. Later, it was sent to Wright - Patterson AFB ( Ohio, United States ) where it was used to test an escape module.
On October 31st, 1981, it was dropped from the U.S.A.F. inventory. In April 1992, it was restored to original configuration for display at Virginia Air & Space Science Center ( Hampton, Virginia, United States ).
The FX - 13 ( C/N : 9032 ) entered service in August 1963. Flown by the " Slivers " demo team, the aircraft was then assigned to the 350th ( F ) Squadron ( 1st Wing ), stationed at Beauvechain Air Base ( present - day Walloon Brabant, Belgium ). On December 12th, 1978, shortly after take - off from Gosselies airfield ( Hainaut, Belgium ) and for unknown reasons, the aircraft crashed roughly 10 kilometres away from there, at Mellet / Wayaux. The pilot, Captain Aviator Martial Vansteenkiste ( January 23rd, 1949, Menin / Menen, West Flanders, Belgium ), was killed in the crash.
The FX - 90 entered service in February 1965. Flown by the " Slivers " demo team, it was removed from service in January 1987, and then stored in Koksijde ( West Flanders, Belgium ). Today, the FX - 90 is on display near the castle at Savigny - lès - Beaune ( Côte - d'Or, France ).
( sources : www.hangarflying.eu, www.f-16.net, Wikipedia, www.airhistory.net, vasc.org, www.lavenir.net, www.sbap.be, www.belgian-wings.be, www.flickr.com, Ailes Brisées de l'aviation belge )