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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?