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F-16A and F-16C Corner Velocity

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Is it true that the F-16A can pull a 9 G turn at a lower airspeed than the F-16C?

Does anyone know the lowest airspeed the F-16A can pull a 9 G turn?

Thanks,

Delta
 

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Firstly will assume you mean instantaneous and not where it can sustain 9G (totally different things)

Logically being the lightest you might expect that to be the point on an EM chart for a clean F-16A Block 1 at Sea Level with about 1000 lbs fuel remaining....which isn't much good for any combat away from the base but might get your desired figure :lol:  

The charts for the F-16A I have are nowhere near as useful as there are for the Cs because it requires weight conversions based on assumptions such as that only weight is relevant and that scheduling in the FLCS didn't change.

The small tailed F-16As likely turned better, (according to various pilots) but (paradoxically) that doesn't necessarily mean they were better in the BFM / DACT over the Cs if that is what you are after..........especially the GE Blocks 30/50 or even 60.

 

 

 

 

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F-16 weight increased over time with more internal equipment being added with nearly every block. Wing loading affects turn performance in more ways than one. The later up-engine F-16Cs had a dramatic increase in thrust-to-weight, but that doesn't fully compensate for the increased wing loading. So an F-16A would be an angles fighter versus an F-16C, but both would be angles fighters against most opponents.

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On 10/22/2017 at 12:48 PM, hawker111 said:

 

Is it true that the F-16A can pull a 9 G turn at a lower airspeed than the F-16C?
 

 

Should add that the reason it only pulls 9G over a certain number of knots (e.g. 360) is because unlike most aircraft priour, it is prevented from doing so by a limiter based on Angle of Attack as well as G. 

This limiter allows a max of 15 degrees AoA at 9G in AA mode (CAT1) and 18 degrees AoA at 9G in AG mode (CAT3)

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