Re: Balloon shoot down

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Message posted by Wiry (Member since 11/06/2021) on February 14, 2023 at 9:56:39 PST:

Some are asking about using the M61 on the F-16 to take down the balloon. I try to imagine an F-16 inbound at tactical speed and it seems improbabble for the gun range and the avoidance manuever needed. However, with approach speed, full-flaps, and landing gear out, the roughly 185 fps closing speed may make sense. This might save a couple hundred thousand dollars versus using the AIM-9, but would it be safe to do?

In Reply to: Re: Balloon shoot down posted by Freema22 on February 13, 2023 at 3:05:15 PST:


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