In Episode 168 of the Aerospace Advantage, F-16 at 50: The Viper Goes to War, Mitchell Institute’s John “Slick” Baum hosts a special set of guests to mark the 50th anniversary of the F-16’s first flight. The Viper came of age in the 1980s, and its capability growth rapidly accelerated in the 1990s and 2000s. The aircraft is still in production, empowered with an array of cutting-edge systems few could have envisioned when the first aircraft
Defense News | February 13, 2024
Forbes | February 13, 2024
In Episode 167 of the Aerospace Advantage, F-16 at 50: The Origins of the Viper, Mitchell Institute’s John “Slick” Baum hosts a special set of guests to mark the 50th anniversary of the F-16’s first flight. It’s one of the most impactful, widely used combat aircraft in airpower history. Developed in the early 1970s and first flown in 1974, the F-16 began as a relatively basic fighter. Numerous upgrades saw it evolve into an incredibly capable multi-role
Arlington, VA | February 6, 2024 — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Research Studies series, The Need for CollaborativeCombat Aircraft for Disruptive Air Warfare by Col Mark Gunzinger, USAF (Ret.), Director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments, with Maj Gen Lawrence A. Stutzriem, USAF (Ret.), Director of Research, and Bill Sweetman. Projecting decisive military power to distant theaters has long relied on the Air Force’s ability to
Bloomberg | February 5, 2024
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