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I've heard that the F16 air frame isn't stable enough for flight and the only reason it stays aloft without crashing is the onboard computer system automatically adjusting the ailerons and vertical and horizontal stabilizers thousands of times a second in addition to integrating whatever input the pilot provides.

Cool video.
blue vein steel
yep. It has "relaxed stability" and the flight controls are all digital. All modern air-superiority fighters are inherently unstable through aerodynamic design to increase the roll and turn rate, and would be unflyable without fly-by-wire. The F-16 was one of the first (if not the first) fighter to really put that concept into practice.

I think the technology was developed for the f-117 initially

blue vein steel
you are correct, that was due to the aerodynamics of the F-117's stealth faceting made it unstable, rather than intentional instability of the F-16.

nonsense, it cannot actually fly at all, much like the bumblebee. It only flies because the pilot believes hard enough. The F-16 was one of the first (if not the first) fighter to really put that concept into practice.

Wow. Watching his face and neck turn red as he pulled 8+ Gs made me want to throw up!
Mr. Purple Cat Esq.
That looks like fun!!
3:20 ; Time traveling scumbags I got something for your ass
blue vein steel
fun fact: The camouflaged plane is an AD Skyraider which was retired by the US in 1974 (and replaced by the A-10 Warthog), the same year as the first flight of the F-16. The A-1 first flew in 1945 during the last days of WWII, and was anachronistic even by the Korean War, but it was super reliable and rugged and perfectly suited for close air support, so it saw action through the entirety of the Vietnam War.

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