The Western Museum of Flight, of the Southern California Historical Aviation Foundation - 12016 Prairie Avenue, Hawthorne, California 90250
A MIG in appropriate red…
As they say at the site - Northrop's Air Combat Fighter design
was built in 1973-74.This is YF-17 "Cobra" Number 1.YF-17 "Cobra" Number 2 is at the US Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida.YF-17 "Cobra" Number 1 made its first flight at Edwards AFB on 9 June 1974 with Northrop Chief Test Pilot
Hank Chouteau at the controls.It went supersonic in level flight, without afterburner,
on its second flight.And this design became the F/A-18 of course.
Note the Sidewinder air-to-air missile on the end of the wing - produced by Hughes out in Pomona and then, later, in
Tucson.After leaving Northrop your editor worked for Hughes.One gathers all sorts of useless information this way.