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F-16A/B HUD Combiner Assembly

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0808
Category: Head-Up Display [HUD]
Object Type: Module/Sub-Assembly/Component
Object Name: F-16A/B HUD Combiner Assembly
Part No: 020334
Serial No: K6111C01185
Manufacturer: Pilkington PE
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): F-16A/B Fighting Falcon 
Year of Manufacture: Unknown
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Combiner Assembly 020334
Ser. No. K6111C01185
Clean glass with FED SPEC O-E-760 Alcohol & Lens Tissue
Originally on F-16A/B J79


This is a standard single Combiner Glass from the F-16 A/B Pilot’s Display Unit. The glass is extremely flat and has a coating to allow typically 70% of the light through from the outside world upon which is superimposed the collimated display from the CRT at 30% of its source luminance. The curved support arms are designed to take the load from the polycarbonate canopy deforming if there is a bird strike. The Combiner was originally on F-16A/B J79

In January 1972 the Lightweight Fighter Programme asked for designs from several American manufacturers. In January 1975 General Dynamics was pronounced the winner with the YF-16. Since its small beginning with an initial USAF order for 650 aircraft, the F-16 has become one of the largest and most successful military aircraft in aviation history. At least 23 countries have purchased the F-16 in various forms.

The HUD system, which at one point seems to have been called the HUDSIGHT by the Company, consisted of a Pilot’s Display Unit (PDU), an Electronics Unit (EU) and a Rate Sensor Unit (RSU).  General Dynamics however called it the Fire Control Sight System FCSS.                                                                                     

The F-16 A/B was an international programme with a requirement for offset. The HUD PDU and EU were both built in Rochester and at Atlanta in Georgia, de Oude Delft in the Netherlands also built the PDU and  Kongsberg Vapenfabrik in Norway also built the EU. The Rochester site was responsible for the design, production and supply of complete HUD systems. The legend "27489" on the Ident labels of many of the boxes is a defunct CAGE code for the Rochester site of Elliott Bros (London) Ltd.    

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