Video of an F-16 high performance take off: up to 15,000 feet in 45 seconds

Actual flight time to an altitude of about 4 km: 20 seconds

The following video was filmed from inside the cockpit of a Pakistan Air Force F-16 BM Block 15 belonging to 11 th Squadron “Arrows,” piloted by TAI test pilot Murat Keles (in the front seat) and Murat Özpala (in the rear seat) during a test flight.

The F-16 takes off, gains speed at low altitude few feet above the runway and then climbs vertically above the clouds reaching well over 4km in altitude in a matter of 45 seconds from the beginning of the roll on the tarmac with the actual flight time of less than 20 seconds.

Pretty impressive, isn’t it?

This is the kind of performance you’d expect  in an interceptor.

H/T Lasse Holmstrom and Arda Mevutlogu for the heads up


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  1. The pilot names sound Turkish – how did this become a Pakistan Air Force plane instead of Turkish Air Force?

    • You can clearly see the Pakistani markings on the aircraft, besides this seems to be one of the MLUed Viper sent to Turkey for upgrading from TAI

    • Turkey’s TAI signed a contract to upgrade PAF F-16s to “MLU”. These are former demo pilots of the Air Force, now employed at TAI performing test flights for TAI.

  2. It’s called a “brute force takeoff,” I see ANG Vipers do this all the time. However, the GE engine models will usually be a little quicker to altitude than the PW Vipers. Still an awesome jet-

  3. “This is the kind of performance you’d expect in an interceptor.”

    Now put things like fuel tanks, missiles, ECM pods, Sniper Pod etc. on it. You know, the things it would need to perform an actual mission? It won’t be climbing like that. This shouldn’t even have to be said.

    • Except, you know, it won’t be carrying ECM pod, Sniper pod and fuel tanks when doing interception. It will carry two or six air-to-air missiles, and that is all.

    • Here is a Block 30 going vertical, he has 2 370 gallon tanks (probably empty though) under the wings. The Block 30’s that do this where I live also usually have 2 370 gallon tanks, 2 Aim-120, and 2 Aim-9 under the wings. Sometimes they do carry the targeting Pod under the intake. They go vertical as well, but they do not have the acceleration of a clean Viper. The GE Vipers are very powerful (so are the Block 52’s). We use to have Block 15 A models here back in the early 1990’s, however, they just did not seem to have the brute power of the big inlet Block 30/40/50 and standard inlet Block 52. But what was cool about the A model was they were nearly 3,300lbs lighter than most of the C models. It truly would have been a deadly combination for ACM to have the original light F-16A matched with the GE F110 engine, sad to say it never happened.

      Here is a Block 52 (Thunderbirds jet) going vertical also.

    • Yep pretty impressive. If I remember correctly it held the record until a SU-27 edged it out.

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