Tail Fin, Composite, F-16

This tail fin, from an F-16 jet fighter, is made of composite materials and was developed to test the feasibility of using composites in place of aluminum. Composite structures are made from carbon fibers, aligned in precise patterns and bonded with an epoxy. They are lighter but more difficult to manufacture and repair than aluminum structures.

Gift of General Dynamics, Inc.

Physical Description:
Trapezoidal composite and metal black and grey aircraft tail fin.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
General Dynamics, Ft. Worth Division

Type
CRAFT-Aircraft Parts

Materials
Carbon-fiber composite
Dimensions
Overall: 10 ft. tall x 2 ft. 5 in. wide x 8 ft. deep (304.8 x 73.7 x 243.8cm)

This tail fin, from an F-16 jet fighter, is made of composite materials and was developed to test the feasibility of using composites in place of aluminum. Composite structures are made from carbon fibers, aligned in precise patterns and bonded with an epoxy. They are lighter but more difficult to manufacture and repair than aluminum structures.

Gift of General Dynamics, Inc.

Physical Description:
Trapezoidal composite and metal black and grey aircraft tail fin.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
General Dynamics, Ft. Worth Division

Type
CRAFT-Aircraft Parts

Materials
Carbon-fiber composite
Dimensions
Overall: 10 ft. tall x 2 ft. 5 in. wide x 8 ft. deep (304.8 x 73.7 x 243.8cm)

ID: A19880370000