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Could someone really die in the way that Goose did in the movie “Top Gun”?

Looking at this question I remembered a question I always wanted to ask: In the movie "Top Gun" one of the main characters dies when trying to eject from the F-14. Here is the scene where this ...
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What is this red canister on the tail of the YF-22?

On the tail section of the YF-22 further back in the image below, there is a red canister. What is that canister for? I suppose it is for some flight testing purposes from what I can see. I can't ...
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How does a flying wing keep from going into a flat spin when maneuvering?

How do flying wings, like the B-2 Stealth bomber, actually keep themselves from yawing out of control without a vertical stabilizer? For the record, I assume this has to be a simple mechanics process....
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What is the Beggs/Mueller emergency spin recovery technique?

I've always used PARE for spin recovery: Power to idle Ailerons neutral Rudder opposite the spin until rotation stops Elevator forward to break the stall What is Beggs/Mueller emergency ...
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How is a wing designed to be stall or spin proof?

Yeah, it sounds like two questions, but I suspect the answers are very closely linked (or maybe even have the same answer.) I was told in this question that trainer planes are often designed to be ...
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Why does spin recovery involve cutting the throttle?

When recovering from a spin, the first step is generally to cut the throttle: ... Otherwise, to recover from an upright spin, the following generic procedure may be used: Power is first reduced to ...
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If a commercial airliner enters into a spin at high altitude, is it possible to recover?

Often flying I have this fear, that something will snap, and the plane will start plunging to the ground in a spin. My question is, once a passenger aircraft (e.g. an A320) goes into a spin, can the ...
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How do the Tiger Moth's anti-spin strakes work?

As originally designed, the DH.82 Tiger Moth had unpredictable spin characteristics. Many aircraft were lost because spin recovery took too long (i.e. too much loss of height). Many examples of the ...
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How can a flying wing style airplane recover from a spin without a vertical stabilizer? [duplicate]

I fly a Cessna C-172, and if I have any bank when stalling, I have to use rudder to level the airplane. If I use aileron, the bank angle will increase and bring the airplane into a spin. My question ...
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Why most of the supersonic or fighter aircraft use all-moving control surfaces?

What are the advantages of using all-moving control surfaces? can someone give explanations based on aerodynamics?
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How far away should the vertical stabilizer be from the leading edge of the main wings?

I am wondering what the advantages and disadvantages are of placing the vertical tail nearer to, or farther from, the main wing. For instance, when the vertical tail is just behind the wing, do the ...
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Does “nose dive” have a technical aviation meaning?

I've usually heard the term 'nose dive' used in a metaphorical sense -- "Wow, your stock portfolio is really in a nose dive!" Does it have any legitimate aviation meaning? More specifically, is it ...