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Navy F-16N by F16CrewChief Navy F-16N by F16CrewChief
F-16N 163577 (AF 86-1695) in factory fresh markings at Luke AFB.

This aircraft was assigned to VF-45 and based at NAS Key West.

The F-16N program was instituted by the Navy for a replacement aircraft in an "Adversary" role. The aircraft were used by VF-43 at NAS Oceana, VF-45 at Key west, VF-126 at Miramar and of course, Topgun.

The F-16N (and TF-16N) were Block 30 aircraft with the NSI intake. The 20MM Vulcan cannon was deleted as well as the AME (alternate mission equipment) cababilities.

The original F-16A AN/APG-66 radar was used in place of the standard AN/APG-68.

Since the AME was deleted, the aircraft could not carry any underwing missile launchers. The Navy would carry captive AIM-9 missiles and an ACMI (Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation) datalink pod on station 1 and 9, but they could not carry the required AMD radar reflector pods, since there were no other launchers.

This led to the adaptation of the two small pods that were mounted to the intake sides for the radar reflectors.

After several years the Navy found cracks in the structure of the acft. Due to the fact that these were such a small batch of acft, and the cost of maintaining the acft, the Navy retired the F-16N program in the 1990's.
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griffonmeister Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist
It was what we described as an "Egg shell" finish.
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
When the paint was new, these looked nice. After a year or so the paint faded to a monochrome sludge grey.
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griffonmeister Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist
One type I flew had a similar finish, it was real easy to get scuff marks from boots etc
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, flat airplane are a pain to keep clean...
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griffonmeister Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist
:thumbsup:
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's a rare sight a F-16 aggressor, pretty cool.
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
[link] Didja see this one?

Glad you liked the shot!
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No I didn't thank's
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JumbotheElephant232 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Artist
Wow! an F-16N!
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you like the shots! I saw a few F-16N's back in the day...
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Roddy1990 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Got nice w/ this color :)
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This was the original scheme for all of the F-16N's. The east coast based F-21's were in this scheme as well. I have a few pics, that a correspondent shot of some VF-45 T-2C's in this scheme as well. It was a neat scheme. I think the Hellenic AF F-16's are in a very similar camo.
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Roddy1990 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
I really liked :) It's very smooth, I'd say :D
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Rog
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AerospacerJ Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
Aggressor?
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes. This aircraft was assigned to the Naval Fighter Weapons School at NAS Miramar. They are better known as "Topgun".

Topgun used the A-4F, F-5E/F and the F-16N for use as an adversary threat aircraft to train fleet aircrew.
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AerospacerJ Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Oh, I see.
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zodtgr8 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You know, when I read about the structural cracks in the F-16Ns, which were fielded for the Adversary role, it makes me wonder how long the ex-paki F-16s being used now will last.
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I bet a good deal longer. The N's were really just a motor and gas and Topgun really rang them out. If the Paki A's and B's are like the Block 20's that Taiwan got and operates at Luke, they are structually beefier than the N's. The block 20 more closely resemble Block 40's than block 15's. You also have to look at a current USAF jet and see all of the external bracing used on them.

The Navy had a small supply of very unique jets and really did not want to sink a large amout of sustaining funds into such a small fleet.
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