Robert H. Widmer - Father of the F16

posted Aug 23, 2011, 9:43 PM by Winston Cutshall   [ updated Aug 24, 2011, 4:21 PM ]
I would say it is fair to assume we all know what an F-16 looks like.  It's nearly iconic, one of the workhorses of the US, and several other countries.  But have you ever stopped and asked what kind of person it takes to lead the design of such a popular and versatile aircraft?  I read the obituary of the designer of the F-16 today, and from all accounts, he seemed to be everything you would want a character like him to be.  Salty, independent, driven, and it all was accepted because his incredible foresight ended up being right.  This is a fantastic read!