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Old 10-18-2019, 10:44 AM   #41
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I think when in a complete state the F-16 will be easier to master. Not sure about the systems, should be similar, but if you really want to "master" the aircraft, as the title says, in the F-18 you have additional carrier ops, F-16 is only land based, which makes it easier to master.
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:07 PM   #42
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Dual rail amraam has almost no drag. And in case you are worried about that, you can always drop the dual rails after firing the external missiles for the merge.

With 6 AAM and bombs you are forfeiting fuel in the viper. The Hornet can then bring 8 AAM + TPOD + bombs doing that. Or 7 AAM + ATFLIR + Fuel + Bombs.

Of course we are talking about minmaxing. I usually fly with two bags in the Hornet because I like to fly with realistic loadouts.
Respectfully that BS, I find myself having to use much higher throttle settings to fly at the speed I want in the hornet with dual aam racks than without. I dont like to be slow.

The hornet is great when you have minimal external stores or of you flight it outright clean, but the viper is just much more tolerant of drag from external stores.

8 aam with bombs, tgp? Sure if you sacrifice even more bomb or fuel carry for the missiles.

If you take 8 aam and 2 bags of gas, and a tgp, you've got no room for bombs lol. If you take asymmetric loadout with single bag that only leaves you 1 to 2 bombs depending on the munition type. That is just pitifully bad which is why for a strike fighter loadout it's not practical to take more than 4 aam,s.

Even if you look at actual hard stats the f16 can carry more munitions in terms of lbs than the hornet. F16 can carry up to 17,000 lbs worth of ordinance whereas the hornet can carry only carry 13,700 lbs. Only the super hornet can outdo what the viper can carry with 17,750 lbs of ordinance and it's a much larger fighter, that's even draggier than the legacy hornet.

This is exactly why the navy wanted the super hornet., the needed a hornet with more ordinance carry and more gas ( but I digress)


The tgp arrangement in the viper is also better, a unique hardpoint. In the hornet you either have to sacrifice a bag of fuel on the fuselage , or a pair of bombs ( l2) or an a missile on cheek station ( atflir) to carry one.
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:19 PM   #43
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I think when in a complete state the F-16 will be easier to master. Not sure about the systems, should be similar, but if you really want to "master" the aircraft, as the title says, in the F-18 you have additional carrier ops, F-16 is only land based, which makes it easier to master.
Yea I would say get both, but if you only want 1 of the two it should be a matter of whether you are interested in carrier ops or not.( at least as short form answer) to whether you buy the viper or the hornet.
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I found it difficult to transition to the viper from the hornet, but now find it easier to fly and operate.
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