This incident is documented at p. 62 in:
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
you can try to make the missile lose a lot of his energy by doing turns, at low speed. (You can ...