After having watched the rather horrible yet fascinating F-16 avoiding multiple SAM launches:
I'm left wondering why he doesn't increase his speed? There are, however, some moments when he's pulling rather high G's where he must have given it some more throttle to sustain any speed at all. Does he need to preserve fuel to get back? Or is it better to maintain somewhat lower speed to have a better turning radius when avoiding SAMs in an F-16?
I understand this is basically asking for an entire lecture in how to avoid SAMs, and I'm trying my best to refrain from doing so. I will keep it to a few specific questions:
- Assuming he has the fuel to do so, should he have increased his speed, full afterburner?
- Is it possible to see in the video, if chaff/flares are deployed?
- Was it wise of him to reduce his altitude by as much as he did, or would he have been safer higher up?