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Rudder pedals are the primary means of controlling rudders. They work just like in any other aircraft: when the right pedal is pushed, the rudders deflect to the right, while pushing the left pedal deflects them to the left. However since the F-15E uses a semi-fly-by-wire flight control system (FCS), using rudder pedals are not the only way to make the rudders deflect - the FCS uses the rudders for flight stabilization, to enhance turning performance, etc. In fact the FCS does its job so efficiently that the pilot has to use the rudder pedals only occasionally. Many pilots fly with their boots on the floor of the cockpit, not even touching the rudder pedals in the vast majority of times, putting their feet on them only wheen needed (rarely).


The feet of the pilot are not strapped to the rudder pedals since there is not much chance for them to move away from the pedals under maneuvering - the only way they could be moved away are during heavy negative G load, but this happens only for a few split seconds (if ever) during normal or combat flight. More interesting is the fact that there exists no safety leg restraint system which would pull the feet of the pilot back by force in case of ejection (Russian built fighters use this technique to prevent feet from being severed by the cockpit when the ejection seat races up the rails). In the F-15E the sudden and massive force of the ejection automatically drags the feet back so there is no need for such a restraint system. This is a cheap but purposeful solution which works well: no foot injury ever happened from this reason.

The distance of the rudder pedals from the ejection seat can be adjusted to the pilot's preference prior to flight.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 September 2010

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