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F-16's And Aircraft Carriers

Sun Mar 23, 2003 1:57 pm

Are f-16's capable of landing on aircraft carriers? Because I dont ever recall seeing photos or footage of F-16's landing on carriers.

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RE: F-16's And Aircraft Carriers

Sun Mar 23, 2003 2:26 pm

F-16's...on a carrier???

Well, I guess any fighter could land on a carrier.....once!! Might not exactly be in one piece, but I guess it could be done.

Honestly, if you look at the landing gear of any carrier-based aircraft and then compare it to USAF birds, you'll see that they just aren't built to survive the impact of carrier landings.

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RE: F-16's And Aircraft Carriers

Sun Mar 23, 2003 2:50 pm

General Dynamics did propose a carrier version when the Navy was looking for a lightweight fighter.

But one of the big issues with the 16 on carriers is where the nosegear is on the aircraft. The A-7 allready had the nickname of the "People Eater" and the 16's wheel is even closer to the inlet.

The Navy went with a remade Northrop F-17 which was renamed the F-18.
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RE: F-16's And Aircraft Carriers

Sun Mar 23, 2003 11:11 pm

It is easy to become confused if you are watching TV. I just heard an announcer make a mistatement that would make you think F-16s were carrier-based. That said, this has just recently been covered.

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RE: F-16's And Aircraft Carriers

Mon Mar 24, 2003 1:27 am

This topic just came up here a week ago.

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