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Take Off

Take off performance data on bottom

1. Taxi the aircraft by throttling up to 85 % RPM.

2. Steer the aircraft by HOLDING the Nose Wheel Steering button (“S” key binding) as you turn using the rudder pedals.

3. Ensure you align yourself with the runway and advance a couple of yards to keep your nose wheel straight and aligned.

4. Set Radar MODE switch to STBY.

5. On HSI (Horizontal Situation Indicator), set course to the takeoff runway heading (088) by adjusting course with the CRS knob.

6. Set NOSE STRUT switch to EXTEND to gain an additional 3 degrees of Angle of Attack, minimizing the runway length required for takeoff.

7. Set flaps to AUTO and ensure airbrakes are retracted.

8. Hold down brakes, increase throttle to 95 % RPM.

9. Release brakes and start rolling.

10. As the aircraft gains speed, set throttle fully forward to engage afterburners.

11. Rotate at the required rotation speed obtained from the takeoff performance (145 kts for a “no guns, no missiles” configuration) by gently pulling the stick aft.

12. Raise landing Gear.


Takeoff Performance Table
Takeoff weight (lbs) Stores, ammo Center-of-Gravity Position, % MAC Liftoff Speed (kts)
15,000 None 18 to 17 143 to 145
15,500 to 16,000 Gun ammo + Missiles 14 to 13 153 to 155
17,000 to 18,000 Central fuel tank + gun ammo + missiles 12 to 11 164 to 168
19,000 3xFuel Tanks 150 + gun ammo + missiles 15 to 14 166 to 168
19,000 to 21,000 Bombs + rockets + Central fuel tank + gun ammo + missiles 15 to 14 168 to 175
19000 to 21000 Bombs + rockets + center fuel pods + gun ammo + missiles 15 to 13 168 to 175
22,000 3xFuel tanks 275 + gun ammo + missiles 15 to 13 178 to 180
23,000 and more Bombs + rockets + gun ammo + missiles 15 to 14 185 to 190

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