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Would limiting the angle of attack to a maximum of 13 degrees by the fly by wire system help pilot gain advantage over his/her enemy during aerial one to one combat? Using such limits would reduce the speed loss during maneuvering.

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    $\begingroup$ I cannot understand this question, please edit so that it becomes clear what the information you seek is. $\endgroup$
    – Jpe61
    Mar 26 '20 at 11:47
  • $\begingroup$ The headline kind of makes sense, the rest, not so much. $\endgroup$
    – Jpe61
    Mar 26 '20 at 11:48
  • $\begingroup$ I asked due to the fact that there is a decaying of the speed at higher AOA if the F16 pilot want preserve their speed to not go beyond this value of their AOA if must do ACM $\endgroup$
    – George Geo
    Mar 26 '20 at 11:51
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    $\begingroup$ Ok. First: you are relying on people knowing what ACM/BFM is. If you just wrote "maneuvering", it would immediately be more obvious for anyone what this might be about. Second: the order in which you have placed the words it and is makes the sentences statements, not questions. I do realize english is not your native language, but this is a very basic thing. Third: what does 11/13 degrees mean? So basically you are stating here that AoA should be kept under 0.8461538462 degrees to minimize loss of speed. $\endgroup$
    – Jpe61
    Mar 26 '20 at 12:06
  • $\begingroup$ The AOA is the angle of attack (airflows which will meet the wing) The value I give is maximum 13 AOA not more than and speed about 400knots. $\endgroup$
    – George Geo
    Mar 26 '20 at 12:13
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Of course not. The pilot needs to be able to command the maximum turn capability of the aircraft when it is necessary, for, among other things, to defend against a missile that has been launched at him/her, to maneuver the aircraft into a weapons launch envelope, or to slow the adversary line-of-sight-rate for a high angle-off (heading crossing angle) gun attack.

And, actually, The F-16 flight control computer DOES limit AOA. But this is avoid loss of control due to exceeding Maximum Controllable AOA, not to prevent energy loss. The energy is there to ENABLE high AOA maneuvering when it is necessary by the pilot to either defend against a threat, or achieve a valid weapons employment solution. It would be foolish to stop the pilot from maneuvering hard enough to defeat an Air-to-Air missile, just so he has more energy when he dies.

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  • $\begingroup$ I feel like I have the right answer. This will not be possible because the deployment of the elevators is not the same at lower altitudes as the highest level of service celling.The rarefied air need more deflected control surface to have a better answer to the pilot maneuvers $\endgroup$
    – George Geo
    Mar 28 '20 at 18:53

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