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F-16XL over Stier
Role Attacker
Variants F-16C Fighting Falcon
F-16C Block 60
F-2A Viper Zero
Manufacturers General Dynamics
Appearances Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War
Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception
Ace Combat X2: Joint Assault

The F-16XL is a delta-wing, ground attack variant of the F-16A built by General Dynamics.


The F-16XL was first conceived in the eighties as a ground attack aircraft that would serve alongside the F-16C Fighting Falcon. It was one of the aircraft submitted for the US government's Enhanced Tactical Fighter program. For this task, two prototypes were built, F-16XL1 and F-16XL2 (respectively, a one-seater and a two-seater.). However, the F-16XL did not prevail at the end, and was defeated by the McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle.

The prototypes were originally built to test the practicality of composite wing skins and both first flew in 1982, the XL1 first flying in July and the XL2 in October. After the prototypes completed their test programs, both were stored until one was delivered to NASA in 1989, where 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-16 in a maximum turn.

At the conclusion of their test programs in 1999, both F-16XLs were placed into storage at NASA Dryden. In 2007, NASA approached Lockheed Martin to request a study into the feasibility and cost of returning the F-16XL1 to flight status and upgrading it with many of the improvements found in the USAF's F-16 Block 40. This was studied while the F-16XL1 was taxi tested at Dryden and given systems checks. However, both F-16XLs were retired in 2009 and placed in storage at Edwards AFB.



Standard WeaponsEdit

Special WeaponsEdit

  • XAGM: AGM-65G Maverick (AC5/ACZ/ACX/ACX2)
  • BDSP: JP233 Anti Runway Submunitions (ACZ/ACX/ACX2)
  • SAAM: AIM-7F Sparrow (ACZ/ACX/ACX2)
  • ODMM: Modified AIM-120D AMRAAM's (ACX2)


Ace Combat 5/ZeroEdit

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

Ace Combat XEdit

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


  • In Ace Combat Zero, the F-16XL is the only attacker that can use its BDSP separately.



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

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