1/72 scale Northrop YF-17 Cobra fighter competition with General Dynamics F-16 Falcon and became F-18 Hornet

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#AA-2023   1/72 scale  Northrop YF-17 Cobra  Light-weight fighter in competition with G.D. F-16 Falcon


Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

23 resin parts


Vac-formed canopy & Decal


Span 148 mm


Length 234 mm


Unit price: US$58

Shipping charge: US$6.50@

Each model kit contents one set of canopy and one sheet of decal. Extra accessories of the canopy and decal can be side-order.

Extra decal


Extra canopy



Aircraft History and Specification

In 1965, Northrop began a fighter project, the Model P-530 with a new concept that was a pair of Leading Edge Root Extension (LERX) for the main wings that tapered into the fuselage for exceeding attack angles. The LERX shape looks like a cobra head so it was named Cobra. In 1972, USAF launched the Lightweight Fighter program that called for a small, lightweight, low cost, air superiority day fighter design. Northrop submitted the P-530 (received designation YF-17) to the program in competition with the General Dynamics Model 401 (YF-16) and the Lockheed CL-1200 (later it became X-21). USAF ordered two prototypes to Northrop, the first YF-17 made its first flight in 1974. It became the first U.S. fighter to exceed sound speed in flight without used afterburner. In 1975, USAF announced that YF-16 was the winner of the contest since YF-16 was a little faster and had a better specific range than the YF-17. Navy also evaluated the YF-17 and was interested in a strengthened version. Northrop teamed with McDonnell Douglas to develop this fighter that evolved into the F/A-18 Hornet.










Lightweight fighter

To demonstrate a true air-superiority combat maneuvering




2x General Electric YJ101-GE-100 turbojet

1320 mph (Mach 1.92)


1x 20-mm M61A1 cannon / 2x AIM-9 Sidewinder missile


Model References

The Northrop YF-17 is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Modern U.S. Tri-services fighter

North American F-1C (FJ-4) Fury

McDonnell F-2C (F2H-1) Banshee

McDonnell F-3A (F3H-1) Demon

McDonnell F-4 (F4H-1) Phantom II

Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter

Douglas F-6 (F4D-1) Skyray

Convair F-7 (F2Y-1) Sea Dart

Vought F-8 (F8U-1) Crusader

Grumman F-9 (F9F-1) Cougar

Douglas F-10 (F3D-1) Skyknight

Grumman F-11 (F11F-1) Tigher

Lockheed YF-12A Blackbird

Grumman F-14A Tomcat

McDonnell Douglas F-15 Strike Eagle

General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon

Northrop YF-17 Cobra

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet

Lockheed F-19

Northrop F-20 Tighershark

I.A.I. F-21 Lion

Lockheed Martin / Boeing YF-22 Lightning II

Northrop / McDonnell Douglas YF-23 Black Widow II

Modern U.S. Navy fighter / attacker


Modern U.S. experimental aircraft