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Which one do you think is better?
F-16
65%
 65%  [ 13 ]
F-15
35%
 35%  [ 7 ]
     
Total Votes : 20
    
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mypilot
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Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 6:02 am 

The F-15 has two engines but the F-16 can carry a better payload? I watched mail call on the history channel a few minutes ago and that guy was able to fly the F-15. Yucky
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CrashGordon
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Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 6:16 am 

You might want to define what you mean by better. Speed, manuverability, payload, weapons, etc.
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JVD
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Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 12:59 pm 

Lets keep it simple and just say that the F16 is more modern.
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mypilot
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Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 3:46 pm 

Just overall better.
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twistedsucker
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Posted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 4:39 pm 

Definitely f-16
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michlin
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Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 1:43 am 

Here's one person's opinion.

F-15

1. Is faster
2. Has greater range / combat persistence
3. Great radar
4. Can carry a whole lot of AA missiles
5. Built to be an interceptor
6. Large / easy to spot
7. Incredibly large radar - cross section
8. Can turn, but not like the F-16

F-16

1. Smaller and lighter
2. Later versions have excellent range
3. At least decent radar
4. Can carries an equally impressive warload of AA missiles if need be
5. Can turn on a dime
6. Built to be a dogfighter
7. Relatively small RCS
8. Much cheaper, even in the later variants
9. Has great acceleration, but lower max. speed & rate of climb
10.Isn't as good at highter altitudes
11.On average, radar usually isn't as good as F-15

The overall winner: the F-16. F-16s can turn tighter, are harder to spot, and can also reach out and touch an enemy with their AMRAAMs practically just as easily as the Eagle. Also, in topics such as this, pilot skill is usually mentioned, but aren't we talking about the capabilities of the aircraft, not their pilots? I mean, I know pilots are important and all, but shouldn't we take the stance of equally - skilled pilots going up against one another so that we can just look at the planes' abiliites themselves? Any thoughts?


Source: "Normsta3" @ http://www.f-16.net/f-16_forum_viewtopic-t-188.html
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Habu
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Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 12:37 am 

Different missions, different requirements. The F-16 is best in what it was designed for...air to air combat, and the F-15 is best at what it does. It's almost like asking what's better, a Abrams tank or a B-52? rob
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michlin
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Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:11 am 

Exactly !
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CrashGordon
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Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:59 am 

Habu wrote:
Different missions, different requirements. The F-16 is best in what it was designed for...air to air combat, and the F-15 is best at what it does. It's almost like asking what's better, a Abrams tank or a B-52? rob


B-52 for sure. The Abrams flys like a tank! Whistle
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Av8r77
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Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 12:28 am 

Actually the F-16 can perform air to ground as well. It carries the HARM, which is an anti-radiation missile. Someone flips on a radar long enough to send a signal out and BOOM! They never knew what hit them.

The 15 is becoming outdated and old. That's why the FA-22 program was out into full swing. The Raptor will be a true dual fighter/attack plane. I don't know if the raptor has any of the Warthog pilots worried, but only time will tell what the Air Force really has in store for it.
Why is it that most ATC controllers can't drink coffee and direct traffic at the same time?
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Blake14
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Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 6:01 pm 

I haven't looked at any of the specs but I just think that the F 15 just looks better with its 2 engines. I think its design looks better compared to the F16. Now, If I was to look at the specs, I am sure that the F16 is better.
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