Fighter Trivia: F-16 is the only Air Force active single vertical tail fighter

The United States Air Force has always attached great importance to single-engine and single vertical tail steps. Since…

The United States Air Force has always attached great importance to single-engine and single vertical tail steps. Since the 1970s, it has been dominated by double-engine double-vertical tail fighters. After the F-4 “Ghost” fighter was retired, the F-16 became the only active single-tailed tail fighter of the United States Air Force. Although the F-35A is also a single-engine, the F-35 is a double-tailed tail.


Fighter Trivia: F-16 is the only Air Force active single vertical tail fighter
Fighter Trivia: F-16 is the only Air Force active single vertical tail fighter

Interestingly, when designing the F-16 fighter, the designer also considered the double vertical tail layout, but eventually chose a turbo thruster engine with a single vertical tail layout.

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