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  •  Probably seemed like a good idea (10+ / 0-)

    except for the obvious problem of not being able to "check six".

    The seat in the F-16 is leaned back 30 degrees, which helps the pilot to sustain 9 (gulp!) G's.

    We regularly pulled 6 in the T-38 but we didn't sustain it
    for very long.

    The most I've ever pulled is 7, in the back seat of a training model F-15. That seemed like quite a lot. I can't imagine what 9 is like.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Thu May 16, 2013 at 08:27:16 PM PDT

    •  The +6 was airframe limited, apparently... (5+ / 0-)

      ...and the 'g' meter only went up to that. Apart from the obvious 'check 6' problem, the prone pilot had no means of checking the position of the wingtips on the ground. Also, since the 'prone' cockpit was tiny, and they didn't want to run fuel lines everywhere (I suspect), the safety pilot handled all fuel management, engine starts and in-flight relights, if necessary.

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Thu May 16, 2013 at 08:34:02 PM PDT

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