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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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How does the F-16 engine startup work?

So, the simplest way to start up an F-16s engine is to flip the power switch to "main power" and then set the "jet fuel" switch to "Start 1" or "Start 2". I ...
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what is considered a good pedal performance in a fighter?

What is considered a good performance in designing the directional control law in a fighter? Is it acceptable to have some roll when using a pedal? For example, is it acceptable to have 40 degrees ...
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On fighter jets (e.g. F-16), do the leading edge flaps extend above the retracted position, as well as the more typical down extension?

Do they go both up and down (with respect to a retracted position in the middle) on different fighter jets?
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Why is the Auto GCAS system on F-16s limited to only 5G?

The automated ground collision avoidance system (Auto GCAS) on the F-16 is set up for only 5G's. If the system predicts an imminent collision, an autonomous avoidance maneuver—a roll to wings-level ...
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Which way does the F-16 cannon rotate, and why in that direction?

The F16 cannon is turning when fire the bullets. What is the direction when looking from the front of the aircraft towards behind?
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When the F 16 landing the flaperons are used for rolling due to the functionality as ailerons, but after touching the ground it is the same?

In landing gains the flaperons are down 20 degrees. If you have to do corrections of the bank angle on approach then you move upward only one of the flaperons. But after touching the runaway it is ...
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Under what circumstances does the F-16 and possibly similar fighters deploy leading edge slats?

What does the F-16 (perhaps other fighters as well) use to decide when to deploy leading edge flaps? I would assume angle of attack, airspeed, stick deflection, or some combination of the three, are ...
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Do F-22 and F-35 use force sensing flight sticks like F-16?

Do F-22 and F-35 use force sensing flight sticks (as opposed to flight sticks that actually deflect and sense movement), like F-16?
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Is the location of the strake ( chines) on the two seat F-16 variant is the same as for the one seat one?

Is the location/length of the chines (the cobra hood looking) on the two seat F-16 variant the same as the ones on the single seat variant? The two seat variant has a longer cabin, so it must be ...
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What are these bars on an F-16's nose?

I've always wondered what the purpose of these "bars" on the nose of the F-16 (and some other military aircraft) are. Are they sensors (if so, what kind)? Are they lightning strips? I can't ...
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When the F16 is landing the AOA will be at 11 degrees, but speed modulates more. How is possible to have fixed AOA but not the speed?

The speed in landing pattern is not fixed one due to the weight/drag of the aircraft at the moment(loads of bombs and fuel). But if you speed up then you're going to go upwards don't you(if you keep ...
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Why are AMRAAMs often mounted on the F-16's wingtip hardpoints?

If an F-16 is armed with AMRAAM and Sidewinder missiles, with regards to inertia and roll-rate, it would seem to make sense to mount the heavier AMRAAM closer to the fuselage, and the Sidewinder's IR ...
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Does the F-16 have a movable inlet?

Does the F-16 have a movable inlet? Everything else like the f15 has it does the f16?
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Why did the altimeter in an F-16 jump suddenly as it passed through Mach 1?

In this video, Destin — the creator of YouTube channel Smarter Every Day — rides in an F-16 with a USAF Thunderbirds pilot. If you start watching the video at the 11:06 mark, you will see what happens ...
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How can we compare the maneuverability of the F-16 Block 60 and J-10C?

Since J-10 originated from the IAI Lavi project, people assume that they are very close to F-16 in terms of maneuverability. How can we compare the maneuverability of the F-16 Block 60 and J-10C?
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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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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 F-16 models?

It is mentioned that the F-16 A/B variants had an analog flight control system (FCS), while the C/D versions introduced a digital FCS starting from block 40. Can somebody elaborate on the differences ...
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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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