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What are the pros and cons of high-wing compared to low-wing design?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a high-wing vs. low-wing aircraft design? When might one prefer one to the other? Is the answer the same for large and small aircraft?
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How are modern jets modified to takeoff/land on a dirt runway?

I've been reading a lot about the Soviet and Russian military aircraft, and it seems a lot of them are built to work on dirt runways, or modified to do so. How is this accomplished? Is it a simple ...
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What is the difference between a tire deflation and a tire explosion?

In this question, our intrepid former 747 pilot Terry mentioned, in the accepted answer, that: As I understand it, tires that dangerously overheat will explode before melting, and that's why ...
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How much force does a 747 land with?

I've been told before that the runways for large commercial aircraft have to be built to withstand a large amount of force. But I'm wondering exactly how much it is? When a 747 touches down, how ...
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How heavy is too heavy to land on a grass strip?

This is actually a tricky question, because it's not just about gross weight, but about how much weight each individual tire imparts into the ground. This, of course, depends on the design of the ...
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What is the working principle of gravel kits?

In this answer gravel kits are mentioned. I then looked at the wikipedia page and I noticed that they are quite different from what I was expecting: I was expecting some kind of "shield", plate or ...
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Is there a best number of wheels per bogie?

I understand the need of having more wheels when the aircraft is designed to be heavier. The number of wheels per bogie and the number of bogies differ from an aircraft to another. For example, there ...
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What's the function of the plate behind the wheels of the Pilatus Porter?

Anyone knows what's the plate behind the wheel of the Pilatus Porter for?
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How are unpaved strips created and maintained?

I'm under the impression that some large craft are rated for "unpaved strips", which appear to be either some sort of gravel or perhaps dirt. The 727, and this runway, being a good example of this: ...
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Why are taildraggers considered more rugged than tricycle?

Not trying to get into the age old debate of which is better. From mechanical perspective, all landing gears are just long cantilevered beams. With a greater instability, one would expect tail ...
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Are tracked landing gear systems still in use and development?

In the 1940's and 1950's, there were several tracked landing gear systems developed for the purpose of allowing landing on soft ground and/or using particularly heavy aircraft such as the B-36. Are ...
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Is the Boeing AC-25A Banshee a real concept or a gimmick? [closed]

Could this be a feasible concept aircraft to replace the AC-130?
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Can an aeroplane ever be so far away from an airport that it cannot land? [duplicate]

Hypothetically, if an aeroplane with two engines is flying over the ocean and is far away from land, is it not quite likely (but still not very likely at all), that one engine fails and it cannot get ...
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Can jet engine ingest (suck in) concrete from runway?

In the question Is there any emergency situation in which jet engines would not be shut down before passenger evacuation of a transport aircraft comment says: At full engine power, those vortices ...