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The F-16 Falcon is a single-engine fighter aircraft developed for the United States Air Force and also used by a number of other countries around the world

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Is it possible to upgrade old Mirage-III and Mirage-V variants with thrust vectoring engines?

Is it possible to upgrade old Mirage-III and Mirage-V variants with thrust-vectoring engines so that they can match the maneuverability of F-16s?
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What happens in an F-16 once the aircraft exeeds its service ceiling?

What exactly is the sequence of events that would unfold as an F-16 attempts to exceed its service ceiling? The scenario is simply full afterburner and attempting to simply climb higher and higher (at ...
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Why does Pakistan continue to use F-16s?

Why does Pakistan continue to use F-16s even though they have their own JF-17s? What features do Pakistani F-16s have which their JF-17s don't?
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What caused the Belgian aircraft mechanic who stole an F-16 to crash? [closed]

This is the story, from the late 80s: https://apnews.com/3b2ba1c5735b3817a3e7ae3562780e9b Why did he crash? Why would anyone crash in this scenario? I'd like to ideally hear from someone who is ...
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Has an F-16 ever done a landing without the speedbrakes extended?

Has there ever been a landing made by an F-16 without the speedbrakes extended?
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What do left handed F-16 pilots do about the right side stick? [duplicate]

I was just watching a video about the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels doing their city fly overs and realized that the F-16 has a right hand side stick, which begs the question "what do left handed F-16 ...
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Why would an F16 battery make a buzzing sound?

According to this YouTube Video I heard the mechanism that moved the canopy, and then I heard a small buzzing sound. The video description says that it is spooling something, but I don't know what ...
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F-16: MAIN PWR ticking sound, what is it?

What is that sound that starts when MAIN PWR switch is turned on in the F-16? Its sorta like a fast ticking sound. Why is it there, what makes it, when does it stop? And is it also there when only ...
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AltFlap switch in F16 jet fighter at various stages in flight

If you apply ALT Flap in F16 the flight quality is somehow similar to the CATlll or TO/Landing gain (lower max AOA available - only 18 degrees - , roll rates halved) because this is emergency mode. ...
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Why does the F-16 canopy have a K-shaped 'latch'?

Why is the F-16 canopy latch (the yellow painted part) shaped like a K? It's a very funky shape, and I'm wondering if that functions as more than just a latch.
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Is there a brightness switch for the AOA gauge on the F-16?

Is there a brightness switch for the AOA gauge on the F-16? Please share a picture with the panel if you can.
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What is this object on the tail of an F-16?

Source: skytamer.com What is the object on the tail of this F-16 (next to the serial number)?
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What is the difference between the Flight Control Systems of different F16 models?

it is mentioned that the F16 A/B variants had an analog FCS, while the C/D version introduced a digital FCS starting from block 40. Can somebody elaborate on the differences between them and point me ...
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Ailerons deflection of the F16 in take off and landing gain?

Let's say you are at a safe altitude and landing gear is down and the aircraft is in To/L gains and you want to do aileron roll and apply full left (or right ) stick to do the rolling maneuver.The ...
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Minimum distance required to turn at maximum speed of an F-16

What would be the minimum distance required for an F-16 to turn either sideways or upwards in order to avoid a collision (assume an infinitely long wall both length and breadth wise). Also would it ...
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What is the communication protocol for the side-stick in the F-16 or F/A-18?

The side-stick in the F-16 or F/A-18 communicates with the flight control computer to transmit the pilot inputs. This transmission uses a protocol. Which protocol?
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what are the no load rates of f-16 control surfaces?

What are the no-load rates for the control surfaces of f-16 like flaperon,leading edge flap and horizontal and vertical stabs?
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Is the F-16 cockpit pressurized?

Is the F-16's cockpit pressurized? If so, why does the pilot receive oxygen from the mask (please state the correct terminology for this)? Is it due to redundancy in case cabin pressurization fails?
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Do the F-16's leading edge flaps lock up at +2° when the aircraft as a whole is supersonic, or when the airflow over its wings is supersonic?

My question is: do the leading edge flaps lock upright when the aircraft as a whole is supersonic, or when airflow over wings of the aircraft is supersonic?
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F-16 low speed SAM avoidance tactics?

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, ...
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Does the F-16's neutral stability also extend to the negative-G flight regime?

If an F-16 pilot pushes the stick forward hard enough to send the aircraft into negative-G flight, does the jet tend to accentuate the new flightpath, requiring the pilot to counter that, or not?
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Why don't modern F-16s incorporate the VISTA thrust vectoring?

Modern incarnations of the F-16, such as the Block 70/72, F-16I and F-16IQ appear to incorporate many modern technologies. These aircraft are also rather different from the original F-16A, being ...
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Is the F-16 capable of taking off during a nerve gas attack?

Imagine a scenario where air bases are attacked with (or indirectly affected by) a nerve agent during a major war. There is also a desperate need to scramble combat aircraft. Can modern combat ...
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The F16 stick movement is little. But how? [duplicate]

The F16 stick movement is very little, is 1/8inch. So there is just a stop point at the end of the movement, or the stick is hard all the time, but move a bit ? There is increase in stiffness to ...
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Can an F-16 land on an aircraft carrier, at all?

Looking at the F-16 again, I noticed the tailhook which it seems to have. I know the F-16 is not designed to land on any aircraft carrier, however, if it was between ditching in the ocean and ...
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What does “wraparound” mean in the context of flight controls?

In the references regarding the flight control (for example in F-16) I see the word "wraparound". For example "Rudder coil wraparound", "IBU pitch wraparound", "IBU lateral wraparound"or "AMUX bus ...
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What replacement wings are available for old F-16s?

Eventually, material fatigue will force any aircraft to either be grounded or have its wings rebuilt, or replaced. And please, correct me if I'm wrong. For the F-16, if one were to replace its wings, ...
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In a flat spin, does the F-16 use its rudder deflection against the rotation for recovering?

If the H-tail is used in recovery from the flat spin, is the rudder used for stopping the yaw or beta of the F-16? I know that it is surely used for inverted flat spin, but I believe that the rudder ...
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What is the selection algorithm in f-16 stick LVDT?

In a reference: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/pdf/88102main_H-1344.pdf page 67 (71 of pdf file) in Table 12, it is said that the signal selection algorithm from the redundant LVDT of stick in f-...
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How do rate gyros and other sensors send information to the flight control computer in an F-16?

How do rate gyros and other sensors send information to the flight control computer in an F-16? I mean is it a hardwired communication or it is done through a bus? If by bus, what is the bus called? ...
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Do the speed brakes on an F-16 change its pitch?

In level flight at 400 knots, what happens when the speed brakes are extended?
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What happened with the YF-16 prototypes?

What happened with the original two prototypes of the YF-16 that were ordered during the Lightweight Fighter Program? Were they converted into combat-capable F-16's?
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What is the device at the tail of the F-16 Block 60?

The F-16 Block 60 has a lot of advancements, one of which is the device at the tail. What is it? For clarification, I believe all these vents (second image) are for said device.
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Does the F-16 have any armor at all?

When I read about the A-10 I'm met with statements (e.g. Wikipedia) such as: The A-10 is exceptionally tough, being able to survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high-explosive projectiles up ...
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Why does the F16 HUD give you one number for your speed and the analogue gauge another?

Why does the F16 HUD give you one number for your speed and the analogue gauge another different number?
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In F-16 the pilot or FLCS , use the rudder to address the adverse yaw effects in direction of roll during an aileron roll? or opposite way?

Is the rudder moving by FBW in direction of roll or in the opposite direction? I understand that the rudder is used due to the ARI system (ailerons - rudder interconnect), but don't have any idea ...
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The F16's maneuver envelope is better under 15000 feets but usually they will go much higher altitudes. Why?

The F-16's maneuver envelope is better under 15K feet, but they go much higher. Why do they put in that compromise position?
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How fast is it safe to eject from an F-16? [duplicate]

What is the limit of the ACES II for the F-16, in terms of altitude and airspeed for safe ejection? The following video tells the story of an F-15 pilot who ejected at supersonic speed and barely ...
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How does the F-16 side stick convert pilot input to an electrical signal?

In What is the motivation behind designing a control stick that does not move? the F-16's control stick is discussed. What is the method that is used to sense the pilot's input to the stick and ...
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What is the motivation behind designing a control stick that does not move?

According to Wikipedia (and various other online sources), the control stick on the F-16 does not move. The input values are determined by the amount of force acting on the stick, rather than the ...
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Are there any plans to make the QF-16 into a drone for actual combat missions, or a fully autonomous fighter?

It appears to a naive layman like myself that the QF-16 is an excellent platform to use for remote controlled missions akin to that of other drones. Except that the F-16 appears to have a broader ...
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Is an F-16 able to fire any of its weapons while on the ground? [duplicate]

I can recall at least one Hollywood movie, where this takes place (although not an F-16 in the movie). Is this at all possible? Can the F-16 fire its M61 while taxiing on the ground? What about other ...
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Can you feel passing through the sound barrier in an F-16?

Is it possible for the pilot to feel passing through the sound barrier in an F-16? What about other modern aircraft, will you feel anything? Do you need to go back to really dated designs before you ...
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Does the EPU on the F-16 need to be manually extinguished after an emergency landing?

After having watched I noticed at the end that one of his colleagues mention he has a "running EPU with hydrazine, you're gonna need fire response". Is this just a ...
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What is the regular stall speed of an F-16 flying in a straight-and-level path?

I want to know what is the minimum speed that an F-16 can fly at without stalling. I have searched the web, but found no exact information answering my question. Most of them say that it depends on ...
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Are there any safety hazards when testing the F-16's fire control radar on the ground?

What are the procedures for ground testing an aircraft's fire control radar - for the F-16 or any other aircraft - and are there safety hazards associated with exposures to humans? Most importantly, ...
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Is it true the F-16 has never lost a dogfight?

(Source) I have heard the F-16 has never lost an air-to-air dogfight - is this true?
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Is it possible to overheat or damage the engine on an F-16?

The MiG-25 can supposedly damage its engines by commanding too much thrust and gaining too much speed. Somewhere around mach 3 damage to the engines is likely, I believe. What about the F-16? What ...
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How can the F-16 remain stable when there is a loss of hydraulic power?

Edit for justification: This question is different from If the EPU (Emergency Power Unit) on a modern fighter jet fails, will the aircraft drop out of the sky? for the following reasons: The ...
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How long are modern variants of the F-16 expected to be in production?

The F-16 seems to keep receiving updates and new aircraft appear to still be in production, e.g. the F-16I and F-16Q. It seems there are also several upgrades being developed and installed, such as ...