Re-birth of the F-16 XL?

The F-16 Fighting Falcon has served as a mainstay of the U.S. Air Force’s fighter fleet Hi-Lo concept. However the team behind its development had developed in the F-16XL.
a hugely capable fighter. So capable that it went from being a technology demonstrator to a legitimate competition for the F-15E in the Air Force’s Advanced Tactical Fighter program. It lost based on production cost and redundancy of systems, but many contend that the F-16XL was the better platform.

Some of those advantages are once again being explored in the F-36 Kingsnake. A relatively cheap multi-role fighter jet capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The jet would carry missiles and guided bombs in internal bays, and as a non-stealthy plane, it would pack both on wing-mounted external hard points. The Kingsnake would also carry a gun, making it capable of ground support.

Which arsehat came up with the name Kingsnake?

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