The Greatest Fighter That Never Was? Rand’s F-20 Case Study

In researching an F-20 Tigershark model build I found a case study that the Rand Corporation published in 1987. Virtually cave man times in interweb years. The study examines the F-20 program in a fair amount of detail, including the challenges it faced through different US presidential administrations, marketing issues, and competing airframes. It’s not long, just 30 or so pages.

I’ve always heard people say “Reagan killed the F-20.” This study shows it is a bit more complicated than that. As with so many bits of information passed around by scale modelers, the truth is usually a bit more nuanced. But what should you expect from a guy in a mustard stained Millenium Falcon t-shirt while waiting in lince for nachos at the IPMS-US Nationals? 🙂

It’s available as a free PDF download, or you can order a printed copy. (Or download the PDF and print it yourself….)

 Rand Corporation authorized citation link that looks cool and official
Martin, Thomas and Rachel Schmidt, A Case Study of the F-20 Tigershark, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, P-7495-RGS, 1987. As of September 28, 2016: http://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P7495.html

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