Gun activation on the ground

Operating an F-16 on the ground or in the air - from the engine start sequence, over replacing a wing, to aerial refueling procedures
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Unread post23 Mar 2020, 09:24

Simple question to an expert on the matter.
How many safety features does the F-16 have to prevent an accidental gun fire on the ground? I know of WOW sensor and possibly gun safety pin itself. Are there any more?
From the cockpit perspective is there anything more that prevent the gun from firing than the Master Arm switch and the trigger on the stick?
After all I guess the ground crews occasionally have to perform the gun runs on the ground after it being removed and serviced to make sure all systems go for launch ;) except they might not be using the live ammo in the process for obvious reasons.

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Unread post26 Mar 2020, 18:33

Anybody?
Where all the maintenance folks and ex/active drivers have gone? :|
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Unread post26 Mar 2020, 18:50

In addition to the ones you mentioned, you’d have to be in the strafe or dogfight mode, master arm switch hot, and pull the trigger. All this after someone pulled the pin and the ground jett switch is enabled.

I don’t think MX ever spins the gun on the ground, even without bullets. They do have checks and upkeep that might involve cranking it through, but I’ve never heard of anything where they have the jet on and run the gun.
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Unread post26 Mar 2020, 22:09

Patriot wrote:Anybody?
Where all the maintenance folks and ex/active drivers have gone? :|

They are all bored out by the forever growing army of trolls and fanboys.

After a while the expert members get sick of explaining the same thing over and over again to people who in the end are only here to spread disinformation and/or have a serious case of confirmation bias.

Without good moderation this site will keep loosing it's value as a reliable source of information.
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