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Prone Pilot Fighter Aircraft: Should they make a comback?

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posted on May, 7 2008 @ 05:12 PM
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After seeing the PronePilot Gloster Meteor and the XP-79 Flying Ram, I was thinking this configuration should make a comeback for any upcoming ATF projects as it would reduce air friction and would also be cheaper/easier to produce/maintain. It may also make emergency escaping easier.

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posted on May, 7 2008 @ 05:18 PM
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I have always supported the idea. I would reduce the effects of G forces on the pilot, but would make checking your six more difficult. I think that the F-16 is the best compromise, the seat is reclined significantly to address the problem if Gs.



posted on May, 7 2008 @ 06:09 PM
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A lot of pilots seem to say that reduces your ability to turn your head somewhat though.



posted on May, 7 2008 @ 10:46 PM
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I'd go one step better and cheer for UCAV's, but that's just me. The prone pilot tests had mixed results as I remember, but it was interesting.



posted on May, 8 2008 @ 01:54 AM
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As a erm, pilot (maybe not fighter jets, but you get the idea), I dispise the idea of lying down. ARGH.

The F16s reclined seat does little to protect the pilot from G's, I've heard it's more due to fact a unreclined seat wouldn't fit in the cockpit
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posted on May, 8 2008 @ 05:02 AM
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Originally posted by BlackWidow23
I have always supported the idea. I would reduce the effects of G forces on the pilot, but would make checking your six more difficult. I think that the F-16 is the best compromise, the seat is reclined significantly to address the problem if Gs.



Pilots HATE the F-16 seat.


It wrecks their necks when they have to crank to check their '6'.



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