Posts: 383
Joined: Mon Jul 24, 2000 8:53 am

Fighter Jet Radio Communication

Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:57 am

Quick and simple question...
Where is the radio transmission button/switch to transmit on a frequency (F-18,F-16,F-14) ? I've looked all over the net and can't find it.
Posts: 678
Joined: Thu Oct 14, 2004 10:12 am

RE: Fighter Jet Radio Communication

Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:51 am

On the diagram I have for the F-18 there is a three-position switch located on the right side of the throttle labelled "communications". The positions are 1, off & 2.
(from F-18 Hornet in detail & scale, ISBN 0-8168-5016-X).
The F-15 is probably the same since it was the first application of HOTAS, & McDonnell had a big hand in F-18 development after Northrop lost the FSX competition to General Dynamics.
Can you hear me now?
User avatar
Posts: 2632
Joined: Mon Oct 04, 2004 11:27 pm

RE: Fighter Jet Radio Communication

Tue Jan 30, 2007 8:00 am

Usually the button is on the throttle (closest to the pilot on a twin engine) positioned where you can press it with your thumb when your hand is on the throttles. I would imagine it's a fairly standard position - the T-37 & T-38 I flew a hundred years ago had it positioned there, and it just makes sense, to have it right at hand like that.

Check out
and follow the links to either "Cockpit" or "Flight Controls" They have a photo and diagram (with explainations) of the F-15E throttles.
KC-135 - Passing gas and taking names!
User avatar
Posts: 942
Joined: Sun Oct 19, 2003 1:58 pm

RE: Fighter Jet Radio Communication

Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:25 am

The F-4 had the same button arrangement on the #2 thrust lever. One position for UHF (no VHF capability), neutral, and an intercom position.
Cottage Grove, MN, USA
Seeking an honest week's pay for an honest day's work
User avatar
Posts: 11029
Joined: Sun Jan 30, 2005 2:26 am

RE: Fighter Jet Radio Communication

Wed Jan 31, 2007 2:00 am

It is the same in the Boom Pod on the KC-135. The buttons are on the Ruddervator stick, but two seperate buttons, one for the radios, and one for intercom. The KC-135 Pilots had a three position switch on the yokes, intercom, neutral, and radios.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google Adsense [Bot], Stitch and 4 guests

Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos