AVIATION: The YF-16 Wins a Dogfight

The bars on Bomber Road outside the sprawling General Dynamics plant in Fort Worth began filling up as soon as the word came down from Washington, and there was plenty to celebrate. After a three-year commercial and political dogfight with a rival design built by the Northrop Corp. of Los Angeles, the company's single-engine YF-16 had finally won a bruising Air Force competition for a new generation of lightweight fighter-interceptors. The new machine is supposed to help the planners fight rising costs in military budgets, but that will not prevent it from...

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