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A short talk about deceptive targets from the perspective of an F-16 pilot

Everyone has heard of deceptive targets. We can even see infrared deceptive targets in action on one of the Army's air days with a little luck. An interview with the Phantom Luftwaffe pilot was a great inspiration for me to write this article. Sitting in the front seat of the beautiful legendary F-4, I asked about the deceptive targets and received briefly what I am presenting to you now.


Dogfights have always attracted attention. Since the First World War, their participants have been considered heroes, stories have been written about nothing, and they have become idols of generations. However, the reality of air combat is much more prosaic. Whatever the motivation of the pilots to fight, there was always a winner on one side and a loser on the other in a crippled or burning plane falling to the ground. This series deals with the struggle from their beginning to the modern age, when the sky is steadily ruled by jet engines.

Ejection from F-16 in the Czech Republic I

The CIAF 95 Aviation Day ( its 3rd year ) took place at the military airport in Hradec KrΓ‘lovΓ© on 13 and 14 May 1995. The day before its opening, on Friday 12 May, an extraordinary aviation event took place at the airport, during which the F-16A aircraft of the Belgian Air Force was destroyed. Fortunately, the incident did not cause any injuries.

Ejection from F-16 in the Czech Republic II

Mr. Mirek responded to my e-mail with the article Ejection of an F-16 in the Czech Republic. He wrote that he was interested in the article, for two reasons. Firstly, because he was a direct witness to what he described, secondly to ( I quote ) a " relatively accurate description of the event ".

F-16 and its radar AN / APG-68

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multi-purpose, compact aircraft with great maneuverability. It is designed for air battles and attacks on ground targets. It is a relatively inexpensive but very effective weapon of the United States and its allies.

F-16C - engine start

In this dissertation, we will explain all the tasks performed when starting the engine and systems of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Thanks to this manual, you will be able to start one of the best multi-purpose combat aircraft today. Before we begin, we must do one more thing. Raise your right hand and say: I will never take off F-16s without being asked. So I promise.

F-16C - engine start - checklist

This article is closely related to article F-16C - Engine Startup, which explains in more detail the various actions, abbreviations and operations of the systems listed below. The mentioned article is maximally condensed here and should serve as a clear list of individual actions and their sequence.

F-16C - engine start during flight

This article is a direct continuation of the F-16C - engine start-up, which explains in more detail the various actions, abbreviations and functions of the systems listed below, including a description of the location of the relevant controls and indicators.

F-16C Fighting Falcon shot down!

Date: the second day of June 1995. Place: the sky over northern Bosnia. A pair of USAF F-16C aircraft perform a routine patrol flight as part of Operation Deny Flight. Check compliance with the no-fly zone…

Lightnings in the sky 08 - F-35 Lightning II - The birth of a new generation

Tests of the new universal aircraft are currently underway, which should be unique in all respects. This is the largest contract in the history of the Air Force, in which many countries participate. It is assumed that after a long time, it will be an aircraft that will experience thousands of series. It has already received its combat name: F-35 Lightning II.



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