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America's most expensive weapons system ever just hit another snag (F-35)

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posted on May, 31 2016 @ 02:45 AM
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a reply to: CovertAgenda

They had IRST. It was limited to a 26 degree AoA by the flight control system. Any relaxed stability aircraft requires a computer to control the aircraft or it becomes uncontrollable.




posted on May, 31 2016 @ 04:07 AM
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Mmmm... I always thought that the MiG-29 has been CLEARED of an AoA of up to 45deg...(notice 'cleared')
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While some have criticised the MiG-29 for its supposedly crude finish in places, there can be no doubt that its aerodynamic design is extremely advanced, giving unmatched low-speed and high-Alpha handling characteristics, which can be invaluable in a 'close-in' engagement. The electro-mechanical flight control system has no 'hard limits', allowing the pilot briefly to override pitch and g limiters when tactically necessary, by deliberately pulling through a stick stop to enter that area of the flight envelope where departure becomes progressively more likely. Ample aerodynamic warning is given before the aircraft departs. When it does, the MiG-29 is reluctant to spin and recovers when pro-spin controls are released. Sophisticated aileron/rudder interconnects gradually phase out aileron at increasing angles of attack.

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Anyways mate, not getting into another 2nfro... just noting that computers ain't everything.... just like speed was everything in the 1950s and you guys got the f104......



posted on May, 31 2016 @ 06:11 AM
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No they're not everything, but to fly a modern aircraft you need them. All fighters now are relaxed stability, which means they're maneuverable in ways previous fighters could only dream of, but completely uncontrollable to hand fly.



 
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