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What determines the maximum altitude a plane can reach?

What factors determine the maximum altitude for a plane? Is it limited by wing design, engine thrust, and so on? Is there a formula by which one can calculate the maximum altitude a plane can reach?
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Why does supersonic flight detach airflow from a wing?

I've read in several answers to questions that when a wing passes the speed of sound the airflow will become detached from the craft towards the rear quarter of the wing (thus making things like ...
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What is the immediate cause of stall?

The direct cause of stall is unclear to me. I heard about exceeding maximum angle of attack (around 40°) ; I heard about reaching the stall speed in the current configuration (flaps, etc). I heard ...
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Why does the U-2 Dragon Lady not have swept wings?

Swept wings increase the critical mach number for aircraft with otherwise identical wings (Source 1). The U-2 Dragon Lady is limited in altitude by its critical mach number, as it needs more speed in ...
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What is MCAS trying to fix on B737 MAX?

New sources such as Seattle Times and Aviation Week provide a pretty good overlay of the MCAS function on B737 MAX. However, I'm unclear as to the issue that MCAS is attempting to fix. From what I can ...
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What is the typical angle of attack aircraft fly at and at what angle of attack do they stall?

At what angles of attack do aircraft typically fly at? How much of a margin is there before aircraft stall due to an increase of an angle attack due to factors such as gusts or rotation of the wing ...
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How does the IAS stall speed vary with increasing altitude?

First of all, we all know what IAS is and if not for some people you can follow this link to read the basics about stall and the differents speeds. So we also know that our TAS/ Mach number will ...
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how does recovering a plane from stall lead to exceeding the critical mach speed?

Recovering from stall itself states that the aircraft is below stall speed. So how does recovering from that stall lead to exceeding critical mach.
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Why does centre of pressure (drag?) move forward when transitioning from transonic to supersonic?

I am studying aerospace engineering at college and I am wondering why the centre of pressure moves forward when the aircraft changes from transonic flight to supersonic flight? Also, is centre of ...
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What happens if an aircraft goes above maximum altitude? [duplicate]

We all know what happens when a plane goes overspeed... but what happens when a plane goes above their max. altitude? And why are planes certified maximum altitudes anyway? Is it because there won't ...
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How to calculate aileron deflection for achieving similar roll dynamics at thin and dense air?

my question is inspired by projects like Perlan etc when one is trying to fly in thin air with a glider. It is well known that at high altitude (say 10-20km) aircraft control becomes 'sluggish'. ...
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Why doesn't Concorde stall when passing Mach 1, where a normal airliner does?

As Jay Carr asked: What is a high speed stall?, Jan Hudec explained: A difference from normal stall is that after supersonic flow separation the lift remains proportional to angle of attack and so ...