Officially called the Fighting Falcon by the USAF (a name loathed by pilots and ground crews), the F-16 is popularly referred to as the ‘Viper’. First introduced into service with the USAF in 1978, the F-16 is a successful all-weather multi-role jet fighter of which more than 4,500 have been built and exported to 25 countries worldwide. It remains in service more than 30 years later. The Viper incorporates a number of innovative design features that include a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, pilot’s side-mounted control stick for ease of control when manoeuvring, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system that makes the Viper a highly agile aircraft. At the ‘business end’ the F-16 has an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and eleven weapon-mounting stations.
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Flightwise 2 covers the concepts and definitions of stability, it also includes an overview of flight control followed by explanations of horizontal and vertical turns, pilot interface and concludes with the Control Configured Vehicle.
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The Soviet MiG-29 air superiority fighter was developed by the Mikoyan Design Bureau in the mid-1970s to counter the new generation of American high performance interceptor fighters like the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon.