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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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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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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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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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 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?
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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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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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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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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 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 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 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 ...