- "Now this is a smart aircraft. It must've been hard to track down. What it lacks in power, it makes up for in handling."
- ―Harry's description of this plane in the shop.
The YF-17 Cobra is an American prototype fighter plane. This plane was developed from the F-5E Tiger II for the United States Lightweight Fighter program, competing with the YF-16. However, it would lose to its competitor, which would become the famous F-16 Falcon. However, this aircraft would later be adopted by the US Navy, and become the F/A-18C Hornet multirole instead. This version is strictly a fighter, and appears in Airforce Delta Strike only. It is usable by Ken Thomas.
This aircraft's design is nearly identical to the F/A-18C's design; a narrow, twin-jet aircraft with two slanted vertical stabilizers, and a twin engine design taken from the F-5E. The Cobra is marginally thinner in some areas compared to the Hornet, however.
A decent early-game craft for Ken. Compared to the normal Hornet, this craft is far weaker in defenses. It's slightly faster than it, but the defense has taken a huge plummet as a result. This aircraft is not a multirole like the Hornet; it is strictly a fighter, and should be used as one. Its anti ground stats are poor, and the low defense will mean it's far too easy to be shredded by anti ground fire. Only use this craft for anti air efforts. It will eventually be replaced by the likes of the X-29A, the Su-27LL-UV(PS), and the MiG-1.44 MFI.
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Anti Air Attack: High
Defense: Low (1700 HP)
Anti Ground Attack: Very low