F-16 Combat Aircraft Fundamentals. Flying Operations

Author: Anonymous

Document: MULTI-COMMAND HANDBOOK 11-F16, VOLUME 5; Effective date: 10 MAY 1996
Supersedes MCM 3-3 Volume 5, 1 September 1992

Pages: 305
Year: 1996

Publisher: USAF Aircraft Combat Command
HQ ACC/DOTF–16, 205 Dodd Blvd. Ste 101
Langley AFB, Virginia 23665-2789


Fighting in the air-to-air and air-to-surface environment is a relatively new form of combat, spanning a period of only 70 years. During that time, rapid technological development has spurred progress from very primitive weapon systems to the present beyond visual range and "point and shoot" capabilities of modern fighters. Nevertheless, the very basic principles of aerial combat have remained virtually unchanged, seasoned only by actual combat and training experiences. These fundamentals, or standards, are only part of training for combat, but a very important part. The discussions on formation flying, basic air-to-air employment, and basic air-to-surface employment of the F-16 are designed to aid in building a strong foundation of tactical skills. The maneuvers addressed are a means to an end, a learning vehicle for pilots to experience first hand the methods used to achieve desired results in air combat training and surface attack tactics.

This manual is designed to supplement training programs; and when used in conjunction with MCM 3-1, provides pilots the information needed to make the right decisions during any phase of a tactical mission. This manual provides no authority or sanctions to depart from established training procedures and directives, nor is it directive in nature.

Aircraft modification and operational/training experience will, and should, dictate changes to this text. Old procedures and tactics should never be disregarded simply because they have been around for a while. However, new and better ways of accomplishing the mission will evolve and will need to be incorporated into this document

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