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Old 06-29-2020, 06:01 PM   #1
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Default Whats the F-16 cruise speed?

If I will build a mission how should I decide what distances can I use with available fuel?

How do I estimate my possible range to fly in bingo fuel? What the best speed to get max range?
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:27 PM   #2
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I haven't worked it out exactly and I don't think it's in the early access guide, but I use Mach 0.84 at 30,000 ft or more for cruise. Single centerline tank gives the biggest increase in range.


You can estimate your range by (speed in knots * pounds fuel)/fuel burn in pounds per hour.
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Old 06-30-2020, 03:50 AM   #3
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Best speed depends on what is being optimized. Best range speed is usually ~250 KCAS which is so far below a safe combat speed that's not often used. If you want an optimum trajectory for max range and can pick speed and altitude then it varies by GW and drag index but in the M0.8-.85 range.

If you're planning a combat mission a round multiple of 60 knots ground speed like 420 or 480 is good once in bad guy land. For the transit to there plan in a waiting hold of a few minutes to synchronize with the rest of the package.

As for fuel, super lean it's about 7 lbs/nm but figure 10 to be safe. The descent is actually incredibly light on fuel if you do it minimum fuel glide but it takes forever. That's usually 6 degrees so figure a 10:1 relationship, e.g. 30kft = 300 kft = 50nm. You want to "begin the final approach segment with no less than 1200 lbs."
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Old 06-30-2020, 04:03 AM   #4
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When you plan a mission do you usually think about fuel consumption or just about aircraft combat radius? By the way, whats is the average F-16's combat radius in DCS?
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When you plan a mission do you usually think about fuel consumption or just about aircraft combat radius? By the way, whats is the average F-16's combat radius in DCS?
I just work by experience usually. If you're on the Black Sea map you can reach anywhere in the detailed map area, provided you don't need to orbit for a couple of hours or something.


I've managed to fly the F-16 about 1000 miles carrying 6 missiles and 1 tank with reserve fuel to land with. That's not the maximum either as I didn't climb while burning fuel. 300 nautical miles seems like a decent radius if you don't have to stick around the target area for too long.


It's also probably worth mentioning that the F-16 can calculate the best speed and altitude for you, like the F-18 does. It's just not in DCS right now.
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Old 06-30-2020, 12:36 PM   #6
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Curious here, does the F-16 have something in the DED section similar to the FPAS page in the Hornet?
That would help considering the OP question.
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Old 06-30-2020, 03:53 PM   #7
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Curious here, does the F-16 have something in the DED section similar to the FPAS page in the Hornet?
That would help considering the OP question.
it should have, but it's not implemented yet
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Old 06-30-2020, 07:02 PM   #8
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You could always fly around and see for yourself. Might not be the best answer but it’s another data point.
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Old 07-01-2020, 01:48 AM   #9
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At the moment max endurance is above 25000ft at about M0.6
You'll have a fuel flow of 3500 and you will stay up for 3 hours if need be.

But how about using aar?
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Old 07-01-2020, 04:02 AM   #10
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5AoA
Do whatever to get to that. Same as hornet and tomcat.
Tomcat is more like 4.5
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