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Old 11-19-2012, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know what a cobra maneuver looks like, but i just have to ask: i found this video on Youtube and im interested in knowing if it's possible in real life.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i don't know... i guess it could be possible, but i would be conserned about the possibly large negative Gs the pilot would have to withstand. The chances are though you would probably never see that manuver in real life even if it was possible (i just don't see any application for that manuver in combat). its only somthing that would appear in games/movies.
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It is possible I think but difficult to do in an F/A-18. Would be easier in a plane such as the F-22 with thrust vectoring.
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Thought I've read the MiG-29 is capable of this maneuver.
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It is possible I think but difficult to do in an F/A-18. Would be easier in a plane such as the F-22 with thrust vectoring.
I see.
Pretty much anything seems possible with thrust vectoring.

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Thought I've read the MiG-29 is capable of this maneuver.
Cool! I'd quite like to see that.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Inverted cobra maneuver?

If the F/A-18 *can* do it, there hasn't been any footage demonstrating that capability...it can pull some high AoA, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't have the pitch authority to perform a true Cobra, with minimal flight path change.

While the MiG-29 can peform the manoeuvre, I think it needs to enter it from a slightly nose up attitude, around 20 degrees.
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Thanks 225 for your input.
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