During a tailslide (a flight regime where the relative airflow over the aircraft is from the tail towards the nose; i.e., an attack angle between 90º and 270º; i.e., the airplane is moving tail-first), the airflow over the aircraft’s control surfaces is in the opposite of the usual direction, causing deflections of the aircraft’s flight control surfaces to produce motions opposite those that would be produced in forward flight (for instance, in a tailslide, applying up elevator will cause the nose to pitch down, and left rudder will yaw the nose right).
- modern fighter aircraft use computerised fly-by-wire control systems instead of the mechanical linkages used in pre-21st-century fighters;
- fighters are optimised for extreme maneuverability to the extent that a tailslide would be very easy to enter;
- intentional tailslides could easily occur during combat maneuvering, or - even more likely - during an airshow;
- and the control reversal inherent in a tailslide, like all types of flight control reversal, could easily kill an unwary pilot;
do modern fighters, during a tailslide, automatically reverse the commanded direction of flight control surface deflections relative to the direction that would be used in normal flight (for instance, applying down elevator rather than up if the pilot pulls back on the yoke in a tailslide)?