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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.
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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.
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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.

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and follow the links to either "Cockpit" or "Flight Controls" They have a photo and diagram (with explainations) of the F-15E throttles.
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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.
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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.

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