Questions tagged [f-16]

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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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 is 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 ...
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How is the JFS manual hand pump operated on an F-16?

The JFS (Jet Fuel Starter) on an F-16 allows for two attempts to start the engine. https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-start-the-engine-on-an-F-16-Fighting-Falcon However, if this fails, there is a ...
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What is the procedure for restarting an F-16 in the air?

If there is a flameout on the F-16 in the air, what is the procedure for restarting it? I'm sure this is an elaborate checklist, so I'm only asking for an overview of the key parts, especially I'm ...
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What causes the sudden spool-up sound from an F-16 when enabling afterburner?

What causes the sudden spool-up sound from an F-16 when enabling afterburner? I've included a video to make it clear what sound I'm referring to: at 1:16, I assume ...
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What are the characteristics of the F-16 airframe lifetime?

What limits the lifetime on the F-16 airframe? I assume it is material fatigue, but what kind, and where on the airframe? Moreover, what exactly happens? What will happen if this problem is ignored? ...
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Is it unprecedented for an F-16 to get hit by its own bullet(s)?

According to Dutch state broadcaster NOS, an F-16 was hit by its own bullet(s) in a training exercise: De F-16 die in januari aanzienlijke schade opliep tijdens een oefening boven Vlieland blijkt ...
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Why is the F-16's service ceiling 50,000ft? [duplicate]

What defines the service ceiling for aircraft, in particular the F-16? I suppose, as with almost everything, this depends on the aircraft, the engine type, etc. While I'm fine with a comprehensive ...
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Which military aircraft does this seem to be? [F-16 vs MiG-21]

Can someone identify the aircraft based on the components, riveting style, or other technical details visible in these crash pictures? a) Based on publicly available details, the chief suspects are ...
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How much is a QF-16 worth?

Wikipedia lists the prices for F-16 as: F-16A/B: US\$14.6 million (1998)[4] F-16C/D: US\$18.8 million (1998)[4] However, this is clearly outdated, and I suspect that the aircraft in the worst ...
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What problems would the early F-16 have if they were to fight during night?

From Wikipedia: Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. There is no citation for this, so I suppose first asking if this is even ...
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F-16 “training rounds”? [duplicate]

From this Wikipedia article A fighter pilot based at Andrews Air Force Base, Billy Hutchison, claims that while in the air he spotted Flight 93 on his scope and planned to first fire his training ...
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What CPU does the F-16 use?

I've read that the "F-16", without it being specified what version, uses the 1750A CPU, it is on the list here, although without a citation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIL-STD-1750A However, ...
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What is the maximum angle F-16 can turn in x seconds flying at corner speed?

How can one calculate the maximum turning angle F-16 can turn in x second flying at corner speed. Is it changed with height or weight?
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What is the difference between F-16C and JF-17 in terms of role?

What is the difference between F-16C Fighting Falcon and JF-17 Thunder in terms of role? When does someone use an F-16C and when does someone use JF-17?
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What would happen if you shot an F-16's fuel tank? [closed]

Let's suppose you have a 20mm sniper rifle and shoot the internal fuel tank of an F-16 coming directly towards you. What would happen ?
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Does the F-16 have a speed limiter?

In an aircraft like F-16, how do the pilot prevent going faster than Vne (velocity, not exceed)? From the block 50 manual it seems to indicate Vne is 800KIAS/2.05M. I believe even the earliest F-16s ...
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Where can I find a video about making F-16 jet fighter canopies?

I'm searching for a video of the manufacturing process for an F-16 jet fighter canopy. Can anybody help me? Does anybody know where these canopies are manufactured?
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Why do F16's have anhedral tail wings?

I just wonder why F16's have anhedral tail wings? Is it kind of a design choice to increase maneuverability by compromising stability?
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What is the maximum side slip angle that can be achieved by a F-16?

During which flight regime is maximum side slip needed (apart from take-off and landings in cross winds)? I have learned that during a knife edge maneuver, the side slip angle plays a crucial role in ...
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How was flutter mitigated in jets such as the F-15 and F-16?

As I understand it flutter was a serious problem for early jets, like the XF-104. Flutter can affect any of the extended members of an aircraft during high-speed flight, including the wings and the ...
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How long can an F-16 stay supersonic?

I've been wondering for awhile to myself, how long can one stay supersonic? How long before one ran out of fuel? What would the issues of staying supersonic be (aside from control)?
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What is the pressure distribution around a supersonic wing?

In subsonic flight the lift manifests itself at 25% of chord, but shifts to 50% of chord when the airplane goes supersonic. Wondering about that made me think that the reason might be that there is ...
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What are the benefits of a 'cranked arrow' delta wing?

What are the benefits of the 'cranked arrow' delta wing that was used on the variant of the F-16, the F-16XL? Sourceenter link description here
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What are these thermal spots on this infrared image of an F-16?

In this question, Hephaestus Aetnaean posted the following cool movie: which showed the following still: As indicated by the red circles (the yellow marking can be ...
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QF-16 vs Predator [closed]

What are the major differences in between the flying of, say, a drone like the Predator, versus the QF-16? What changes so drastically in the handling of the aircraft for the remote pilot? Are the ...
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Is it possible to upgrade an old F-16 to the Block-60/62 standard?

Is it possible to upgrade an old F-16A/B Block-15 to the F-16D/E Block-60/62 standard? What modifications should be made, and how?
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Why is the nose of the Mig-21 shaped so differently compared to other fighter aircraft?

If you look at this picture below, you will notice that the nose portion of the Mig-21 has a unique conical shape which is completely different from the nose of the F-16. (Source) (Source) So what ...
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Why does the F-22's wing give it such great maneuverability?

An F-22's wing is much different than a wing like the one on the F-16. This an F-16 wing design: (Source: www.aviastar.org). This is an F-22 wing: (Source: s3.zetaboards.com) There is a ...
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What equipment is used by Boeing to convert the F-16 into an unmanned aircraft (QF-16)?

How exactly does this equipment convert the F-16 into an unmanned aircraft? Is it possible to use this equipment on any other fighter (like the F/A-18 Hornet for example) in order to convert it into ...
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Why is the F-16 still in service?

Reading the Wikipedia page, I see that the F-16 began production in 1973. That seems pretty old to me. So I ask, why is the F-16 still in service in many countries around the world? Is it that a ...
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Can an F-16 perform Pugachev's Cobra?

I know that the F-16 VISTA tech demonstrator incorporated 2D thrust vectoring and could perform this maneuver. I also know that military variants of the F-16 are prevented from intentionally entering ...
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Why do the missiles on an F-16 point slightly down?

I've been wondering this for quite a while: Why do the missiles on the F-16 point down a little bit? I went and did a little searching and found out that the F-16 isn't the only plane that has this ...
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What are the protrusions on the sides of the fuselage of the F-16I?

I've noticed that the F-16I has these protrusions on the sides of its fuselage. What purpose do they serve?