This is the story, from the late 80s:
Why did he crash? Why would anyone crash in this scenario?
I'd like to ideally hear from someone who is either an F-16 pilot or has been lucky enough to be able to try flying the F-16. Even if this has been ruled a suicide I'm still curious what beyond landing are the main challenges with flying the F-16 for someone untrained.
As someone who will never get that chance myself but likes flight simulators, I'm curious exactly where the big difference from the simulation to reality lies. I'm quite certain many others who fly flight simulators are also curious what the difference actually is. What stops someone that knows what all of the functions of the controls are, and is intimately familiar with the startup procedure for the engine of the F-16 (like a mechanic), from actually flying an F-16? Yes, landing, but what else? Do you need to remember to change some engine settings, fuel settings, after taking off, otherwise the engine stalls? Can you easily exceed EGT, or otherwise damage the engine, if you don't know what you're doing? Do you need to change some settings for the battery, internal power? I'm just guessing blindly here.
Forgive me for the hand waving like arguments I'm using, but, how hard can it be to keep an F-16 in level flight, if you are able to climb to 2,000 feet in the first place?
For the particular cited story above, it seems strange that the mechanic was able to take off and climb to 2,000 feet, and only then crashed. Does this point strongly to suicide?