The LOOTM Archive

February & March 2012

The LOOTM for February is a joint Chinese/Pakistani aircraft that looks like the offsrping of an F-5 and an F-16, the JF-17 "Thunder"/FC-1 "Xioalong" (Fierce Dragon--gotta love the names the Chinese give their fighters!). While it may prove to be an adversary that will bear watching in the future, for now it's just a cool airplane.

The February & March LOOTM

The JF-17/FC-1



Chengdu JF-17 Thunder aircraft picture

A great shot of the Thunder pulling hard towards the verticle, and showing the rapid pressure change over the LEXs. More photos here:

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This angle shows the smooth blend at the inlet-wing-fuselage. The JF-17/FC-1 is about 49' long, has a 31' wingspan and approaches the magical 1:1 thrust-to-weight ratio. More here at the Wiki page:


A digital illustration of JF-17 Thunder and F-16D Block52 flying with SAAB-2000 AEW&C. More info and photos here: