Does the F-16 have a tailhook?

Always wondered why the F-16 has a tailhook, or how big a bigmouth F-16's mouth really is ? Find it out here !
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Unread post11 Aug 2007, 01:54

I was reading the description of this particular fourm and it said that the f-16 has a tailhook. Is this correct? If so why? I would appreciate somw knowlage on this,

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Unread post11 Aug 2007, 02:26

You are correct in your assumption. The Viper does have a tail hook but it is not used like you would think a navy jet would use it. It is used in emergency situations like a brake failure on the runway. There is a wire strung across the runway for this. If the pilot feels he needs to catch the wire, the hook can be deployed via a switch on the front left console. It is also used to restrain the jet on the trim pad or in the hush house during engine runs. A huge chain is attached to the hook and then it's time to light the burner!!!! Pretty cool when you're in the hush house at night and the hush house super lets you turns the lights off. We call it a "lights out burner run." Hope this helps you out, PM me if you have any more ?'s.
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Unread post11 Aug 2007, 04:20

I think the F-15 Eagle has one too.
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Unread post11 Aug 2007, 05:39

Yes the Eagle has one, even the Raptor is equiped with a tail hook.
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Unread post11 Aug 2007, 08:26

Hi Parkeran,

Note that the forum has a great <a href="index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=search">search function</a>, so if you enter tailhook in there, then you will find threads such as:
  • <a href="f-16_forum_viewtopic-t-5139.html">Tailhook use
  • <a href="f-16_forum_viewtopic-t-3201.html">F-16 arrestor hook
  • <a href="f-16_forum_viewtopic-t-2012.html">F-16 Tailhook Procedures
  • <a href="f-16_forum_viewtopic-t-239.html">Why do Vipers have arrestor hooks?
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Unread post14 Aug 2007, 08:21

Sorry Lieven! I didn't think to research about that! I'm really sorry! Anyway thanks for the information!
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Unread post14 Aug 2007, 15:40

For example...
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Unread post25 Aug 2007, 21:24

here is one photo

USAF F-16D block 40 #89-2168 of 35 FS based at Kunsan AB, attempts a hook barrier engagement scenario during Kunsan`s 'Beverly Bearcat' Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) on March 17th, 2001. [USAF photo by SSgt Jerry Morrison]

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