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This incident is documented at p. 62 in: https://www.airforcemag.com/PDF/MagazineArchive/Documents/2016/January%202016/0116packageq.pdf it is even linked to in the Youtube video, however, these video description fields are not usually that useful, so I overlooked it initially. Sorry about that. He opted for maneuverability by dropping his fuel tanks, but ...


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One thing that hasn't been mentioned yet is the missile's speed. From the List of Gulf War military equipment, Iraq had different SAM missiles. All SAMs share a single characteristic, they are designed to be faster than the plane being shot at. The F-16 has a maximum speed of 795 to 1,147 knots (the higher, the faster). The modest SA-6 "Gainful" is ...


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In re Question #1: No he could not as the jet was probably in full burner at the time of the maneuvers and he needed Max AB plus exchanging potential energy for kinetic energy in a dive to make the jet maneuver at its fullest potential. In re Question #2: I can’t see any chaff or flares in the video but it’s very likely he did so as that would be a ...


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The missile works by predicting where the airplane will be. If you maneuver, it has to re-adjust, wasting energy. When the missile has lost enough energy, it'll eventually fail to re-adjust. Now you can try to beat the missile by being far away and fast or you can try to make the missile lose a lot of his energy by doing turns, at low speed. (You can ...


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