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  • Re: How to avoid a manpad in aheavy airliner?

    If you mean avoid one after it is fired at you, forget it.&nbsp; Turning downward and toward the incoming missile is generally the preferred method if it is already on the way, but a large airliner cannot really maneuver quickly enough nor aggressively enought to make a difference.&nbsp; If it's&nbsp;already been fired at you and you're in an ...
    Posted to Tactics (Forum) by KenV on December 2, 2004
  • Re: Navy Carrier Landing question

    The meatball is almost always set to a 3 degree glideslope, but can be adjusted down to a little below 2.5 degrees.&nbsp; Never heard that lower angle used operationally.The meatball tells you where you are vertically on the glideslope so you know immediately if you are high or low on the glideslope.&nbsp; Too low on the glideslope and you get a ...
    Posted to Tactics (Forum) by KenV on December 2, 2004
  • Re: F-16XL and F/A-18E comparison

    &gt;&gt;''You would NEVER intentionally go into a target area with fairly empty tanks. The more fuel the better.&nbsp; You can always drop external tanks if need be.''&lt;&lt;I'm not going to get into a pissing contest, but you're just plain wrong about that.&nbsp; Every fighter manufacturer has multiple design missions they have to meet, and one ...
    Posted to Questions about the F-16 (Forum) by KenV on December 2, 2004
  • Re: Requirements to be a Fighter Pilot?

    First off, you MUST become a commissioned officer.Your best bet for that is to get into a service academy.&nbsp; Talk to your guidance counselor and do all you can to make yourself competitive to get into&nbsp;a service academy.&nbsp; But to put it into a nutshell, you need to take a heavy math and science load while in High School AND you must get
    Posted to How to become a Military Pilot (Forum) by KenV on December 2, 2004
  • Re: F-16XL and F/A-18E comparison

    &gt;&gt;''I am not talking about an overweight situation. Max weight and max T/O weight is not necessaryly the same''&lt;&lt;Indeed they are not the same.&nbsp; Max T/O weight is linked to max zero fuel wt, which is a basic&nbsp;aerodynamic/structural limitation of the airframe.&nbsp; Exceed that, and you place lots of restrictions on the ...
    Posted to Questions about the F-16 (Forum) by KenV on December 1, 2004
  • Re: F-16XL and F/A-18E comparison

    Here's some updated numbers on F-16XLF-16XL:&nbsp;Empty wt:&nbsp;28,500&nbsp;Max T/O wt:&nbsp;48,000&nbsp;Max internal fuel:&nbsp;12,951&nbsp;Max weapon load with max internal fuel: 6,549Max weapon load is based on max T/O wt, minus empty wt, minus full fuel wt.&nbsp; Weapon load can be traded for fuel load on a pound for pound basis till weapon ...
    Posted to Questions about the F-16 (Forum) by KenV on December 1, 2004
  • Re: F-16XL and F/A-18E comparison

    I got my numbers from Jane's.&nbsp; I'll double check to see if I referenced the wrong data.&gt;&gt;''Regarding fuel and max T/O weight and reange&nbsp;- I can't imagine a scenario in todays world where you wouldn't get tipped of by a tanker after T/O before going on with your business.''&lt;&lt;Going above max takeoff weight would put the ...
    Posted to Questions about the F-16 (Forum) by KenV on December 1, 2004
  • F-16XL and F/A-18E comparison

    This is a poor comparison because of the big difference in these two aircraft.&nbsp; Here are some numbers to help you understand the huge difference between these two fighters&nbsp; (all the units are in pounds)F-16XL:&nbsp;empty wt: 20,631&nbsp;Max T/O wt: 32,073&nbsp;Max internal fuel: 7,116&nbsp;max weapon load with max internal fuel: ...
    Posted to Questions about the F-16 (Forum) by KenV on November 29, 2004
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