There isn't a suction device to clear the boundary layer. The bump and inlet are designed to divert it from the inlet without diverter plate or any other device. This is one way in which the F-35's RCS in reduced.Woody said:Thanks Elmayerle/Matej,elmayerle said:Well, if you go about 60% of the way down the page, he's got some excellent pictures of the JIST F-16 inlet.
For some reason the pictures don't load on that page of Mataj's site when I use Firefox (maybe they don't for other people either). I just tried Explorer and it works fine.
I've seen this F-16 before but the smaller images of the inlet disassembled are very revealing as they don't appear to show any suction device for boundary layer removal though there is an interesting recess right at the front of the 'hump' which is covered when assembled. Do you know what this is for? The images in-flight look potentially retouched just around the intake area to this photochopper's eye, maybe to hide that secret bit?. And that chin spike is for aerodynamics only you say.
Thanks once again, Woody