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What is the motivation behind designing a control stick that does not move?

The stick does not need to move in order for the pilots to sense their inputs! Humans have very accurate force sensors in their fingers, and no direct position sensors. Proprioception provides ...
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Can you feel passing through the sound barrier in an F-16?

In an aircraft designed to go supersonic, it's an absolute non-event, and one is only aware of it by observing the instruments, and noting diminished control authority-- slower roll rate, etc. At ...
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Is the F-16 cockpit pressurized?

Yes, the cockpit of the F-16 is pressurized. However, there are two types of cabin pressurization: Isobaric Pressurisation: The system maintains a constant cabin pressure (usually between 2000 and ...
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Why does the F-16 canopy have a K-shaped 'latch'?

The function of the form is to act as a throttle stop when the part is in the position shown in the picture. It prevents full movement of the throttle when canopy is not securely closed and sealed. ...
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What CPU does the F-16 use?

MIL-STD-1760A is simply the standard that a processor must conform to, and is not an actual model of CPU. There are actually a lot of independent computers in a military aircraft, each with specific ...
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Can you feel passing through the sound barrier in an F-16?

You can watch for yourself 4 minutes in on this video. Can't tell at all, so much so that they have to let people know with a big sign. Once the issues of buffeting during the transition were fixed ...
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What are these bars on an F-16's nose?

These are antennae for the IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) system. IFF is a system to help distinguish friendly aircraft from unfriendly ones. This particular antenna arrangement is used on only ...
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How was flutter mitigated in jets such as the F-15 and F-16?

Short answer: By not flying faster than the 104 did and adhering to the lessons learned. Flutter first started to cause crashes in WW I when improved engine power and aerodynamics made a substantial ...
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Can an F-16 land on an aircraft carrier, at all?

The hook is for emergency use at airports that have Runway Arrestor Systems. Lots of non-naval fighters have arrestor hooks for that purpose. Now, there is nothing stopping someone from landing an F-...
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Does the F-16 have any armor at all?

No. The aircraft in question do not have ballistic protection, though they do offer system redundancy for battle damage and have to meet certain survivability criteria in live fire tests during ...
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What is the motivation behind designing a control stick that does not move?

With a deflection-sensing (conventional) stick, it takes a certain time to move the stick. If you're trying to do quick manoeuvres going from (say) full nose-up to full nose-down deflection, that ...
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What CPU does the F-16 use?

F-16 Fire Control Computer Design Details F-16A/B aircraft Fire Control Computer (FCC) was procured from Delco Electronics, Goleta, California (a General Motors Division). Its proprietary instruction ...
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Under what circumstances does the F-16 and possibly similar fighters deploy leading edge slats?

Technically, F-16 and "similar fighters" have leading edge flaps (LEF) (or droop flaps), rather than slats. The difference is that they don't form a gap between themselves and the main ...
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How was flutter mitigated in jets such as the F-15 and F-16?

The XF-104 is a prototype aircraft, which lead to the F-104 starfighter. Usually, during the development of an aircraft, flutter testing is carried out and corrective actions are taken. The Wikipedia ...
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Why do F16's have anhedral tail wings?

The purpose of the anhedral is to get the tail surfaces away from the wing wake. The distance between the wing's trailing edge and the horizontal tail is low enough so that the tail needs a vertical ...
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What is the maximum angle the F-16 can turn in $x$ seconds while flying at corner speed?

To calculate this, you need to look at the energy Maneuver diagram for the aircraft. This diagram depicts, for a specified altitude and gross weight, the excess power per unit pound of weight the ...
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Can an F-16 land on an aircraft carrier, at all?

No, the F-16 cannot "carrier land", even with the tail hook. The Air Force jets (aside from any that are shared with the Navy) have tail hooks only for emergency purposes during landing, or securing ...
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The F16's maneuver envelope is better under 15000 feets but usually they will go much higher altitudes. Why?

For most aircraft, the advantage of flying high is that the air is thinner, so you go faster for the same fuel burn. For fighters, height gives you the ability to dive to gain speed, giving them the ...
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Can an F-16 land on an aircraft carrier, at all?

Yes the F-16 would be able to land on a carrier however it would most likely break/damage the landing gear and other components because it's not built for it. I am only assuming this, but I believe ...
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What are the benefits of a 'cranked arrow' delta wing?

There are a few reasons for choosing the cranked delta wing, as used in F-16 XL. The main one is to maintain comparable performances in the supersonic and sub/transonic speeds- a reason similar to the ...
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What is the motivation behind designing a control stick that does not move?

The motivation is the same, albeit for stronger reasons, as that for the 1960's Citro├źn DS's brake button or frein champignon, which responded to foot pressure rather than foot travel. Namely, faster ...
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The instrument that show the attitude in the F-16 cockpit in a dive glide slope but nose up attitude what will show?

If the nose of the airplane is above the horizon the ADI will show more sky than ground. Rate of descent, AoA, and power setting are all irrelevant. The ADI displays only attitude with respect to the ...
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How long can an F-16 stay supersonic?

Depends on how much fuel that they have on board. You're not gonna be able to hold wing tanks or a centerline tank on that jet and still be able to fly supersonic, so we will have to assume that we ...
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What are the benefits of a 'cranked arrow' delta wing?

The main benefits are: High root thickness, so the wing can be made stiffer and stronger where the loads are highest. Better pitch stability in the post-stall region, so no AoA limit needs to be ...
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Is the F-16 cockpit pressurized?

Yes. Like most fighters the cockpit of an F-16 is pressurized, primarily for pilot comfort. Use of an oxygen mask is required equipment for high altitude operations and for emergency situations. The ...
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