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The '''General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon''' (nicknamed Viper by pilots) is a single-engine supersonic multirole fighter aircraft by General Dynamics, exported to many countries. Designed as an air superiority day fighter for the US Air Force, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft.
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The Fighting Falcon has key features including a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, 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 which helps to make it a nimble aircraft.
|type = Military aircraft
 
|fdm = JSBSim
 
|status = Production
 
|authors = Erik Hofman, Martin "Pegasus" Schmitt (panel textures)
 
|fgname = f16
 
}}
 
 
 
[[File:F16-cockpit-pano.jpg|480px|thumb|center|[[Howto: Make full spherical panorama|A full spherical panorama]] of the f-16 cockpit]]
 
  
 
== Keyboard Controls ==
 
== Keyboard Controls ==
'''Flight Controls'''
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====Flight Controls====
{| class="prettytable"
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{| class="keytable"
|Ctrl-b
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! Key
|: Toggles speed brake
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! Function
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|-
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|{{Key press|Ctrl|B}}
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|Toggles speed brake
 
|-
 
|-
|Delete
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|{{Key press|Delete}}
|: Toggles FBW (Fly by Wire) override
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|Toggles FBW (fly by wire) override (F-16 Simplified)
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|-
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|{{Key press|Delete}}
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|Toggles MPO
 
|}
 
|}
'''Miscellaneous'''
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{| class="prettytable"
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====Radar====
|Ctrl-f
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{| class="keytable"
|: Triggers flare release
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! Key
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! Function
 
|-
 
|-
|Ctrl-h
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|{{Key press|Shift|E}}
|: Toggles arrester hook
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|Decreases radar range
 
|-
 
|-
|C
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|{{Key press|Shift|R}}
|: Toggles canopy
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|Increases radar range
 
|-
 
|-
|e
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|{{Key press|R}}
|: Fires the cannon
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|Toggles radar standby mode
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|-
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|{{Key press|Y}}
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|Toggles next target
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
'''Radar'''
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{| class="prettytable"
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====Tactical====
|Ctrl-n
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{| class="keytable"
|: Toggles Radar RWS / TWS AUTO Modes
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! Key
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! Function
 
|-
 
|-
|E
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|{{Key press|E}}
|: Decreases Radar Range
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|Fires the cannon
 
|-
 
|-
|R
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| {{Key press|Q}}
|: Increases Radar Range
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| Chaff/flare
 
|-
 
|-
|q
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| {{Key press|M}}
|: Toggles Radar Standby Mode
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| Master arm
 
|-
 
|-
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| {{Key press|W}}
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| Cycle weapon
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|}
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====Miscellaneous====
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{| class="keytable"
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! Key
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! Function
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|-
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|{{Key press|Ctrl|H}}
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|Toggles arrester hook
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|-
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|{{Key press|Shift|C}}
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|Toggles canopy
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|-
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| {{Key press|Q}}
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| Reset cockpit view
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|-
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| {{Key press|Ctrl|Q}}
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| View right MFD
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|-
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| {{Key press|Shift|W}}
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| View left MFD and RWR
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|-
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|{{Key press|F}}
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|Toggles refuel door
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|-
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| {{Key press|Shift|S}}
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| Toggle smoke
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|-
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| {{Key press|U}}
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| Seat up
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|-
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| {{Key press|Shift|U}}
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| Seat down
 
|}
 
|}
  
== Development status/Issues/Todo ==
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== Features ==
Issues to be fixed shortly:
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=== Canvas HUD ===
* The first time the user change the view (ie. by hiting "v") there is a 10/15 seconds pause.
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[[File:Canvasready.png|left|caption|link=Howto:Aerial refueling]] The F-16 has a canvas {{wikipedia|Head-Up Display}}.<br clear=all> <!-- ITS AN TAG TO STOP THE TEXT FLOW AND START AGAIN UNDER THE IMAGE. OTHERWHISE THE NEXT HEADING WOULD START RIGHT OF THE PICTURE. SEE https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Images -->
** This seems to be due to the liveries textures. Removing the Livery choice and all associated entry in the -set file doesn't change the delay. Then reducing and flatening (remove alpha channel) the main texture f16.rgb from 2048 to 1024 px reduce the delay to 6/7 sec, then flatening the transparent logo texture f16-trans.rgb reduce the delay to 3/sec.
 
** Solution: switch to PNG textures, remove transparency on logos or even remove logos. Use a different mapping layout with 4 x 1024^2 textures instead of 1 x 2048^2 texture. Optimize surface usage in the textures, flaten textures as much as possible. (see much more complicated and detailled f-14b which doesn't suffer delay)
 
  
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=== Air-to-air refueling ===
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[[File:Airrefuelingready.png|left|caption|link=Howto:Aerial refueling]]
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The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon supports ''in-flight refueling''. You need to start a specific scenario or do that in multiplayer to get a tanker [[aircraft]]. See [[Howto:Aerial refueling]] for more information. Also look on the box at the [[{{PAGENAME}}#External link|bottom]] of the page.<br clear=all>
  
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=== Aircraft carrier ===
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[[File:Carrier3.jpg|left|150px|caption|link=Howto:Carrier]]
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Although the Viper wasn't designed for maritime operations, there is the possibility to start from and land on a [[Aircraft carrier|carrier]]. You can toggle the '''arrester hook''' with {{Key press|Ctrl|H}}. There are several [[Aircraft carrier]] available. How to set it up start your aircraft there is described in '''[[Howto:Carrier]]'''. If you fly in multiplayer mode see [[Carrier over MP]]<br clear=all>
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<!-- _________PICTURES_____________ -->[[File:F-16 AV029.JPG|thumb|400px|'''F-16''' taxiing to parking at [[LIPA]] after landing on rwy 05 with home livery]] [[File:F-16 RNLAF J015-demo 3.png|thumb|400px|The RNLAF J015-demo livery of the F-16]]
  
TDL FDM:
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== Video tutorials ==
* Startup sequence
 
* Main U/C is above ground.
 
* Vibration when accelerating on the runway for takeof.
 
  
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{{#ev:youtube|iSkxDhy8-zk}}
  
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{{#ev:youtube|uN6pddgHaog}}
  
TDL Outside
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{{#ev:youtube|AjTw77d_lzo}}
* flaps are in wrong position and can't be triggered.
 
** that's because the f16 is flight computer controlled, so this is correct and NOT an error. (this to be moved in flight documentation)
 
* pilot's shoulder patch is empty. (remove ?)
 
* engine turbines do not rotate (is it useful ?)
 
  
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{{#ev:youtube|Dd1Ddqr8-A0}}
  
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== New to fighter aircraft ==
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If you have never flown an aircraft like this one before (Just light planes or airliners), crashed it before landing or just are not sure, how to land a right way; there is an article ''[[A-4F Skyhawk Operations Manual]]'' by Andy Ross. Although is written for the [[Douglas A-4]] most of the information contain general stuff about fly delta wing aircraft, about stall, AoA and landing maneuver and applies to the F-16 too.
  
TDL Cockpit and systems:
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[[File:F16-cockpit-pano.jpg|480px|thumb|center|[[Howto: Make full spherical panorama|A full spherical panorama]] of the f-16 cockpit]]
* HSI 3d model and textures.
 
* internal/external lighting panel.
 
* FMD's buttons pick animation. Define a logic in the FMD interactivity ?
 
* ICP better texture. buttons pick animation. Define a logic in the ICP interactivity ?
 
* HUD modes:
 
** A/A mode
 
** Basic nav mode (those could be a first step in order to provide usability in short term)
 
  
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== Development Status ==
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{{Main article|F16/Development}}
  
 
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== External link ==
Sounds: (Low priority)
 
* Establish a list of all sounds that can be produced by the F-16 and its driver:
 
 
 
Cockpit:
 
** switches
 
** knobs
 
** levers
 
** buttons
 
** wheels (ICP)
 
** rudder pedals
 
** ejection seat
 
** canopy **implemented**
 
** canopy lock **implemented**
 
 
 
Audio:
 
** "bitching betty"
 
*** missile launch
 
*** warning **implemented**
 
*** chaff/flare
 
*** jammer
 
** RWR
 
*** radar signature identification sounds
 
**** radar spike
 
**** radar lock
 
** gear horn (currently implemented as alert?)
 
 
 
Pilot:
 
** breathing
 
** movement
 
** brevity comms
 
 
 
External-sounds:
 
** engine **implemented**
 
** landing gear
 
*** up
 
*** down
 
*** broken
 
** ordnance
 
*** jettison store(s)
 
*** bomb drop
 
*** missile launch
 
*** 20mm cannon **implemented**
 
** damage
 
*** airframe overstress
 
*** gun hit
 
*** explosion
 
** Mid air refueling
 
*** refueling door
 
**** open
 
**** close
 
*** tank boom (tanker aircraft)
 
**** connect
 
**** disconnect
 
 
 
== Related content ==
 
 
 
 
* [http://brenthugh.com/flightgear/Sun_Valley_Tank_Invasion1.zip Several ground bombing scenarios suitable for the F-16, involving moving and static tank formations, explodable M1 Abrams tanks, etc.]
 
* [http://brenthugh.com/flightgear/Sun_Valley_Tank_Invasion1.zip Several ground bombing scenarios suitable for the F-16, involving moving and static tank formations, explodable M1 Abrams tanks, etc.]
  
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[[Category:Military aircraft]]
  
=== Related lists ===
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{{Lockheed}}
* [[Aircraft]]
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{{air-to-air refueling}}
* [[Aircraft Todo]]
 
  
[[Category:Aircraft|F-16 Falcon]]
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[[Category:Fighter aircraft]]
[[Category:Aircraft TODO]]
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Latest revision as of 21:05, 13 July 2020

General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
FGAddon
F-16C KLSV.jpg
F-16CG Cockpit view
F-16CG Cockpit view
Type Military aircraft, Attack aircraft, Fighter aircraft
Configuration Retractable gear aircraft
Propulsion Single-engine jet (Jet aircraft, Single-engine aircraft)
Manufacturer General Dynamics, Lockheed
Author(s)
  • Erik Hofman
  • Pensacola
  • Martin "Pegasus" Schmitt
  • Nikolai V. Chr.
  • J Maverick 16
  • Richard Harrison
  • Josh Davidson
  • Martien Van Der P.
  • Gary Brown
  • Justin Nicholson
  • Jonathan Redpath
  • Timi
  • Enrico Castaldi
FDM JSBSim
--aircraft= f16-block-10
f16-block-20

f16-block-30

f16-block-32

f16-block-40

f16-block-42

f16-block-50

f16-block-52

f16-block-60

f16-simplified
Status Production
 FDM Stars-5.png
 Systems Stars-4.png
 Cockpit Stars-4.png
 Model Stars-4.png
Supports Mid-air refueling Canvas Checklists
Development
 Website The website for the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon developments.
 Repository The development repository of the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Download Download the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft package for the current stable release (2020.3).
Liveries Browse the FlightGear livery database for the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Forum 'General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon' topic on the FlightGear forum.
License GPLv2+

The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon (nicknamed Viper by pilots) is a single-engine supersonic multirole fighter aircraft by General Dynamics, exported to many countries. Designed as an air superiority day fighter for the US Air Force, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. The Fighting Falcon has key features including a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, 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 which helps to make it a nimble aircraft.

Keyboard Controls

Flight Controls

Key Function
Ctrl+B Toggles speed brake
Delete Toggles FBW (fly by wire) override (F-16 Simplified)
Delete Toggles MPO

Radar

Key Function
Shift+E Decreases radar range
Shift+R Increases radar range
R Toggles radar standby mode
Y Toggles next target

Tactical

Key Function
E Fires the cannon
Q Chaff/flare
M Master arm
W Cycle weapon

Miscellaneous

Key Function
Ctrl+H Toggles arrester hook
Shift+C Toggles canopy
Q Reset cockpit view
Ctrl+Q View right MFD
Shift+W View left MFD and RWR
F Toggles refuel door
Shift+S Toggle smoke
U Seat up
Shift+U Seat down

Features

Canvas HUD

caption

The F-16 has a canvas Head-Up Display This is a link to a Wikipedia article.

Air-to-air refueling

caption

The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon supports in-flight refueling. You need to start a specific scenario or do that in multiplayer to get a tanker aircraft. See Howto:Aerial refueling for more information. Also look on the box at the bottom of the page.

Aircraft carrier

caption

Although the Viper wasn't designed for maritime operations, there is the possibility to start from and land on a carrier. You can toggle the arrester hook with Ctrl+H. There are several Aircraft carrier available. How to set it up start your aircraft there is described in Howto:Carrier. If you fly in multiplayer mode see Carrier over MP

F-16 taxiing to parking at LIPA after landing on rwy 05 with home livery
The RNLAF J015-demo livery of the F-16

Video tutorials

New to fighter aircraft

If you have never flown an aircraft like this one before (Just light planes or airliners), crashed it before landing or just are not sure, how to land a right way; there is an article A-4F Skyhawk Operations Manual by Andy Ross. Although is written for the Douglas A-4 most of the information contain general stuff about fly delta wing aircraft, about stall, AoA and landing maneuver and applies to the F-16 too.

A full spherical panorama of the f-16 cockpit

Development Status

1rightarrow.png See F16/Development for the main article about this subject.

External link