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Is it feasible to repair a C152 that flipped onto its back?

So there's a C152 that was tied down and blew over onto its back, suffered some damage to its wings (but electric flaps still work) and significant damage to its stabilizers. Can it be fixed by ...
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Can a stopway withstand thrust of B737 engines on takeoff if the aircraft is lined up on the edge of the runway?

Can the thrust of Boeing 737-300 engines break the asphalt surface of a stopway marked with yellow chevrons? Can anyone give a documented reference?
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Could abrupt flight controls input cause damage in these circumstances?

I went flying yesterday with a friend in my 1972 Grumman AA-5. She's a good copilot for someone who doesn't know much about flying. I showed her how you can pitch up and down, cause 0G, and float, ...
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How would a hole in the side of a plane affect its flight?

Let's say an explosion blew a hole in a plane's fuselage without ripping the aircraft apart or damaging the engine and wings. How would the hole affect its flight?
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Does the F-16 have any armor at all?

When I read about the A-10 I'm met with statements (e.g. Wikipedia) such as: The A-10 is exceptionally tough, being able to survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high-explosive projectiles up ...
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Could a person damage a jet airliner - from the outside - with their bare hands?

Given just a small hammer, I'm pretty sure I could disable a large airliner with a few well-placed blows. What about with my bare hands? In other words, are there any parts of a large aeroplane that ...
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Is it possible to overheat or damage the engine on an F-16?

The MiG-25 can supposedly damage its engines by commanding too much thrust and gaining too much speed. Somewhere around mach 3 damage to the engines is likely, I believe. What about the F-16? What ...
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Is it unprecedented for an F-16 to get hit by its own bullet(s)?

According to Dutch state broadcaster NOS, an F-16 was hit by its own bullet(s) in a training exercise: De F-16 die in januari aanzienlijke schade opliep tijdens een oefening boven Vlieland blijkt ...
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If all control surfaces were disabled, could a passenger plane be controlled by distribution of the passengers?

Let's assume that a large military plane has its control surfaces disabled in combat. The engine(s) can still be controlled. There is a substantial number of ground forces being transported. In ...
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Why don't aircraft carriers have multiple sets of arresting wires?

On this answer to this question regarding the merits of angled flightdecks on aircraft carriers, @JanHudec makes this interesting observation: You don't really have "two flight decks". The ...
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What repair can be done on this wingtip? (777)

The accident happened in August 2012 and broke the wing of the Boeing 777-200 passenger jet. While taxiing at Shanghai's Pudong airport, its wingtip hit the tail of another aircraft. What action need ...
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What happens to en route flights when a major earthquake etc. destroys facilities?

Suppose you're flying a big plane in to an airport like Mexico City, already in final descent, when an earthquake strikes. Large cracks appear in the paved infrastructure catching some vehicles by ...
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What are the consequences of hail damage to a small GA plane?

I recently found a Cessna 172 that had been totaled by the insurance company because of hail damage. The PDF from that page has detailed pictures which show hail-divots all over the the wings, body ...