After botching up a couple of combat air patrol missions (had to abandon my station to RTB at bingo fuel), I was wondering about cruising speeds and fuel management. I hate to take off with those drop tanks ...
The nice thing about the F-16 is that the flight computer will do almost everything for you. I wanted to experiment a bit with a high angle of attack flight and see if I could sustain a level flight so I just had to pull and release the stick while reducing the throttle.
|Training for level flying at a high angle of attack (10 degrees) and low speed (190 knots).|
Scary stuff, the F-16 gets almost unresponsive at these low air speeds.
|The HUD view. Note the flight path marker right at the artificial horizon.|
Fuel flow was around 1900 lbs per hour, so I could in theory have around 2 hours of station time. But this flying regime is cumbersome to keep and would not allow me to change course with the agility needed for a combat air patrol station.
So I headed to base again, just to be berated for an ATC violation! :p.
|Somebody at that airbase is having a blast bitching at my missed approach procedure. Doh!|