The F-16 is also very maneuverable, being able to withstand +9G of load. To help the pilot cope with the high Gs, the seat is reclined at a 30 degree angle. This aids in keeping the blood up in the pilot's brain during tight maneuvers rather than having it rushing to the pilot’s feet.
In this video the F-16, from a standing start, climbs 15,000 feet in just 45 seconds. That’s a climb rate greater than 20,000 fpm. But even that performance is not coming anywhere close to taxing its limits. An F-16’s climb rate is spec’d at 50,000 fpm!!!
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