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That Time F-16 Accidentally Took Off During High Speed Ground Tests

That Time F-16 Accidentally Took Off During High Speed Ground Tests

On January 20, 1974, the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet prototype YF-16 jet accidentally took off and nearly crashed during high-speed ground tests. The accident could have killed the pilot and quite possibly the aircraft program itself. The pilot skillfully prevented disaster by taking the airplane into the air for …

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