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Posted: 9/7/2010 5:36:04 AM EDT
My buddy says the HUD on F16 cockpit is actually integrated into the canopy glass. I say it's reflected from the cockpit upwards and it *looks* like it's coming from the canopy in front of you, just like in some older GM cars that reflected the speedo. Any pilots out there that can settle ?

thanks!
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:53:19 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 5:53:52 AM EDT by cmjohnson]
The HUD is a separate unit. NO fighter integrates the HUD into the canopy.

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:54:28 AM EDT
Works like a teleprompter IIRC.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:54:54 AM EDT
5 Seconds of googling would have found you this : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head-up_display
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:55:56 AM EDT
Both of you are wrong. It works like R2-D2's holographic display of Princess Leia. Duh!
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:55:58 AM EDT
aha! I knew it! thanks

$20 cha-ching!

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:59:41 AM EDT
HUDs are either a separate display in front of the canopy or are now being integrated into helmet displays.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:28:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 6:32:50 AM EDT by Rogue-Sasquatch]
Originally Posted By cmjohnson:
The HUD is a separate unit. NO fighter integrates the HUD into the canopy.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/51/F16_Cockpit%2C_Asian_Aerospace_2006.JPG


BZZZZZT.

No modern fighter. Quite a few WWII fighters used the armor glass pane as the collimator plane for a reflex sight (which was basically the HUD back then).

EDIT: on second thought, I'm almost positive at least one modern or Gen 3 fighter used the front canopy pane as a HUD collimator... Now I have to wrack my brain for which one.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:30:36 AM EDT
Magnets are what holds them together ya' know.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 6:36:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By jason934:
My buddy says the HUD on F16 cockpit is actually integrated into the canopy glass. I say it's reflected from the cockpit upwards and it *looks* like it's coming from the canopy in front of you, just like in some older GM cars that reflected the speedo. Any pilots out there that can settle ?

thanks!

My Vette has a projector in the dash that projects the display onto the windshield. Fighters have a similar projector but use a separate piece of glass as the screen.
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