The FRONT seat is for students and the back seat for instructors! I am amazed that you did not know that?
I never ever claimed to be a fighter pilot! Ever, just that I had time in the Goodyear Aerospace Flight sim dome.
Like those from the Dasault web page for the Rafale that I posted? What was wrong with those, didn't you like them? Boo HooHoo!
Dasault make the choice that they would trade total lift for induced drag when they went to canards! Everything I have stated was pulled from French or Janes pubs! The Canard trades induced drag from low aspect ratio for more lift at high AoAs! That is a fact of life. It is not open to discussion. Conventional planes trade down force on the horizontal stab for increased performance at low AoAs. I.e. cruise, acceleration and top speed.
I could care less what sales people say. They all have an ax to grind. But on the other hand American planes have out sold all others by some huge number to what? Before any National Air Force signs off on a new plane from some foreign supplier, they have flown it, looked at the numbers, their own ACT radar tracks to verify those numbers and talked to other nations that are currently flying that plane.
So far no Nation but France has bought Rafale. Typhoon has been bought by Saudi and is short listed by others. That means that it was better than Rafale! In the last two decades how many F-16s have been bought? I mean just since the Rafale's first service flight and firm performance number offers? How many? RIGHT!
No, just the numbers posted by you and the other Frog-fan-boy! 600 Hours claimed in your post, but not proven, Vs 6000 between depot inspections Proven by all foreign customers!
-parasitic drag is low.
-straight line acceleration from delayed onset of wingtip vortices is good.
-good instantaneous turn rates at subsonic speeds which is where most ACM takes place.
It comes with a HIGH COST.
-poor planform for effective sustained energy.
-very high induced drag. (drag generated by lift-greater wing area to barrel lift=greater induced drag in simple English [polar drag]. ) What that means is that a plane that has to turn tight at high G will bleed energy as induced drag art incredible rates such as a Rafale compared to a Fighting Falcon.
A Delta Dart can snap turn with eye blink speed, but as it turns, it will lose energy rapidly for the sustained turn. Its great for Sidewinder missiles and a close firing pass on a Bear, but lousy for dealing with a MIG 21 where the Phantom II actually has the decisive sustained turn edge with the Sparrow, Sidewinder combo..
So the more delta you are, the lousier a close in dogfighter you are in the hosizontal and the vertical.
Now what is the Rafale again? Oh yeah, a cranked delta with canards.
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