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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...