[simpits-tech] F-16A Cockpit Angles
Marv De Beque
mdebeque at woh.rr.com
Sun Dec 14 14:28:58 PST 2003
Correction on the HUD glass angle should be = 131 degrees.
On 12/14/03 1:24 PM, "Marv De Beque" <mdebeque at woh.rr.com> wrote:
> Just returned from the AF Museum. The moved the F-16A trainer to a more
> remote section of the new hanger and it means less kiddies to get in your way.
> Note, this is a Singer (not the sewing machine) cockpit trainer with a full
> working canopy and G cueing seat. It is a very early mode F-16A, so I can¹t
> speak for its absolute accuracy, but I would think it is very close.
> Any rate, I grabbed some data and I need to go back to get some better data.
> That cockpit is not easy to get measurements from since all of the LRUs are in
> place and the seat interferes with things, too.
> First, I used the rudder floor as 0 degrees. Imagine standing a protractor on
> the rudder floor. The nose of the aircraft is 0 degrees and the tail is 180
> degrees. Here is what I measured.
> Front Glareshield top 165 degrees
> HUD Glass 130 degrees
> ACES II Seat pan sides 18.4 degrees (has the levers on
> ACES II Headrest 120 degrees
> ACES II Ejection Rails 125 degrees
> Canopy¹s lower rail (Open) 30 degrees (this is the lower edge
> of the canopy¹s frame in the full open position)
> Cockpit¹s canopy rail -4 degrees (This is the angle of the top vertical
> rail that is on the cockpit sides where the canopy latches to)
> Right Aux Panel 41.5
> Left Aux panel 50 degrees
> Front Console 75 degrees
> Left and Right side Consoles (rear section) approx 1 degree (I think
> this is closer to zero, but will confirm that later)
> Left and Right side Consoles (front section) approx 5 degrees (I know
> that the bend from the rear to front of the side console is really 5 degrees
> because I have a set of real ones at home)
> Left Right side consoles angle in towards seat = 10 degrees
> I¹ll go back later next week and get better angles for the consoles. There is
> no place to rest the digital protractor on since it is about an inch thick.
> I¹ll make a parallel plate for it to sit on and that will raise the digital
> protractor above the knobs so I can get definitive angles for you.
> Remember, all angles are based on 0 degrees being level with the rudder floor
> and pointing at the aircraft¹s front nose from the cockpit.
> That¹s everything I have right now.
> Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
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