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What is this black teardrop-shaped object under the C-47 Skytrain cockpit?

I was recently at the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère-Église, France, and I saw a C-47 Skytrain for the first time in person. I saw that, under the cockpit, there was a black, teardrop-shaped object. I ...
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Is there any version of CFM56 with can combustors?

This lamp is sold online: They claim it's made from a CFM56 combustion chamber. It looks like a can combustor, and I read everywhere that CFM56 uses an annular combustor. Is there a version of CFM56 ...
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What are those little pieces for on the C27J?

Here is a picture I took. You can see some pieces on the vertical stabilizer, but only on one side. I imagine this is for an aerodynamic purpose, but I am not sure. What do you think about its purpose?...
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What are these strakes on the belly of the F-16 for?

What are these 2 things doing under the F-16? Are they for aerodynamics? Source.
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What is this strake near the nose of the MD-80 for?

What is this for on the MD-80? Is it a stabilizer?
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What is this display for on the Embraer E175?

Caught my attention, never had I seen a display in this kind of overhead position in an aircraft. What is it for?
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What exactly are these two cones on top of this Sikorsky S-61 helicopter?

Haven't notice this thing on the Sikorsky, what is it? Another picture from another angle:
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What are these "holes" in the F-104 for?

In this video there are two "holes" that I'm curious about. One is rectangular in the all white section of the plane that flutters open/close during flight. The other is somewhat oval and is ...
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What are the bulges (with what look like air intakes) on the lower fuselage of the An-22?

On both side of the lower fuselage of the AN-22 there are long bulges. While the undercarriage doors are visible, they only account for a small proportion of the length, making me doubt they're just ...
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What is the protruding element on the vertical tail of this Airbus Zero E concept?

The TurboFan concept of Airbus Zero E has a protruding element on the top of its vertical tail, see the image below. Image source Zoomed image Only this variant of the Zero E has it, is it related ...
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What is this little "rod" thing on the back of the F-22 for?

I was curious what this little extra surface on the back of the F-22 is for. I can't see any use of it protruding past the engine nozzles, so what is it for? Also, does the structure have any problems ...
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What are these two sticks on chart holders?

Many different airplanes feature two small sticks on both sides of chart holders. These can be moved within a limited range. I've heard different versions about their use and haven't found any ...
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What is this thing sticking out under the F-22 Raptor's fuselage? [duplicate]

I was looking through some pictures I took of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor performing a demo flight at Oshkosh 2023 and I noticed this thing sticking out from the bottom of the Raptor's fuselage. ...
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What is this component below the fuselage of the Fokker F28 used for?

There is a long straight component with three attachment points below the fuselage of the Fokker F28 Fellowship: (image modified from Wikimedia) It looks like it is installed on both sides of the ...
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PZL M28 Skytruck exhaust alignment

Watching a short documentary on PZL M28 Skytruck, I noticed it has quite oddly aligned exhaust pipes. They point almost directly downwards, with only slight aft tilt: Picture credit: Łukasz Golowanow ...
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Manual or other information regarding Kollsman Instruments B40331-10-276 altimeter

I just purchased a used altimeter from eBay because it'll look pretty on a shelf, and I may add a computer interface to it. However, I need help finding information on it. This (from what I've been ...
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What is this tank on the wheel of a Westland Wessex HAS31B?

What is this tank on the wheel of a Westland Wessex HAS31B? I'm talking about the white tank on the left of the picture. Photo taken in Darwin aviation museum, own work, public domain.
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Why is this screw on the wing of DASH-8 Q400 sticking out, is it safe?

Was flying with the Dash-8 Q400 and saw the screw sticking out? It's on the wing near the wheel compartment as shown in the picture. Even if safe, it doesn't look pleasant to the passenger. Are loose ...
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What is this probe on the Airbus A330 engine nacelle?

What is the purpose of the little probe seen under the A330neo?
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What is this missile extended beneath an F-104 Starfighter?

On a video posted on YouTube there is a short clip of some sort of rocket-powered device - presumably a missile - extended beneath an F-104 on a mechanical sling. It must have been lowered into ...
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What is this thing apparently attached to the bottom of this Caravelle's engine, and why is it there?

This Caravelle 10B appears to have something mounted on, or stuck to, the lower surface of its No. 2 engine nacelle. (Image originally by clipperarctic at Flickr, via Russavia at Wikimedia Commons; ...
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What is this hole at the bottom of the DA40NG body?

This is the bottom of the fuselage of a DA40NG aircraft and where the right wing attaches to the fuselage. What is the thing I'm pointing at with the red arrow in the picture? As it is written in the ...
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What is name of this part on a helicopter?

What is name of this highlighted part of helicopter and what is its use?
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What does this handle from the movie Flight (2012) do?

I wanted to ask about something that, as an aviation enthusiast I have never seen before, from the movie Flight with Denzel Washington. Perhaps the reason is is because it's a movie. You pull these ...
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What is this aircraft-like object at Sea-Tac Airport? [duplicate]

Looking at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Google maps, I noticed at 47°27'47.8"N 122°18'15.5"W something that looks like a jet aircraft, but with folded wings and a tiny ...
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What is the purpose of this box behind the yoke on a 737?

I was looking at the 737 cockpit when I found this apparatus behind the yoke. I have never seen it before and I have no idea what is does. Can anyone help me?
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Why is the forward fairing of the pylon very shiny and metallic in appearance in A350?

One can notice the forward fairing of pylon is very shiny and metallic. This is quite unique and I do not find it in other aircraft. Why is this? Does it serve any specific aerodynamic purpose or does ...
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What is this nose projection on the Tupolev Tu-95?

The Tupolev Tu-95 has this long and quite substantial appearing projection from it's nose just under the cockpit windscreen: What is this? I initially though this might be a cannon but being a heavy ...
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Is this electrical socket found in aircraft?

I work for a a Public Utility in IT Asset Management, and we have been buying these auto air adapters (Dell's description) from Dell for our field workers. Each one comes with an adapter that goes ...
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What are those pylon looking things on the rear of this DC-8 wing?

(image source: airliners.net) What are those humps on the rear of the wing? Are they external fuel tanks?
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What is this Beechcraft bonanza A36 wing feature?

can someone explain what is this thing on leading edge of bonanza A36 aircraft. Thanks
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What does this 'R' number mean on the ND of this Airbus?

This number here, what does it mean?
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What is the round tube mounted on the roof just behind the windshield of a PC-6?

If you look at the below image: (image source: Wikimedia Commons) There are three "antennas" mounted on the forward portion of the cabin roof. The two rear, wing-shaped ones probably are ...
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What are those white things on the windshields of most Citation jets?

What are those white things on the windshield of most citation jets? Does it have to do with rain?
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What are the twin "air data booms" on the Su-22? [duplicate]

The Su-22 has two protruding "probes" at the nose. What are they? Air data probes (why two?)? Antennas? https://www.airliners.net/photo/Libya---Air/Sukhoi-Su-22M3/1615286/L
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Can someone tell me what is this on the overhead panel of the Boeing 777?

I found this on the Boeing 777 and it was on the Captain's side behind the speaker.
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What are the reflective structures above and to the rear of the engines on a VC-25?

In this video at 7:04 we see the following view of a VC-25 (an aircraft frequently known as "Air Force One"): What are the two shiny, gold-coloured structures above and to the rear of the ...
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What does this black lever next to the overhead panel on the Airbus 320 do?

What does this do? It's located next to the overhead panel of an A320 cockpit.
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What is the piston/leg on the aft wall of the L-1011?

In this response to the APU location on an L-1011, in this image, there appears to be a large piston or leg extended downward along the centerline from the aft wall: Modified: By Reedy (Own work) [CC ...
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What is the green arrow on the 777's airspeed tape? Does it exist on other types as well?

Image source: fsnews.eu I found this green arrow on the primary flight display (PFD) of a 777. What does it show? I'm assuming it's for showing acceleration and deceleration but I am not too sure. Is ...
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What does the "High Alt Landing" guarded push button on the A320 exactly do?

I am aware that not all variants of the A320 are equipped with the HIGH ALT LANDING guarded push button. I know that it is pushed before landing at high altitude airfields. Was wondering what it does ...
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What is this jutting structure in the tail section called and what is its function?

I was wondering if there is a name for this particular structure on Su-27 and F-22 and if they serve any function?
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Why do most ARFF trucks tend to be so angular?

玄史生, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons I've been looking at various types of ARFF (aircraft rescue and firefighting) apparatus, and while some rapid-response vehicles do appear to be more conventional, most ...
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What’s this on the J-10 fighter? [duplicate]

What's this on the J-10 fighter? Source: wikimedia.org
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Why do propeller driven planes have intakes/inlets, such as this one on the P-51 Mustang?

Specifically talking about the p51, why do they have intakes? Don't propeller-driven planes not require any sort of intake because the propeller is what propels it by pushing air behind it?
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How does this instrument in a DA20 measure flight time?

Could you please explain how this counter works (in the picture)? I thought that it starts with propeller (so propeller starts moving so this counter), but seems it registers the pure flight - from ...
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What are these paint patches on this 787-8?

What are these paint patches on this British Airways 787-8 (G-ZBJB)?
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Drain line under drag chute door of F-4 phantom

What is this drain line under the drag chute door on the F-4?
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What are these white drops on the exhaust plug of a CFM56-7B engine?

Does anybody know what those white dried-up drops are? I checked out another Boeing 737-800 on the ramp and it also had the same defect so I'm guessing this is a common issue, or is it? This shows up ...
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What is the tapered cone on the B747 CF6 engine inlet cowling?

B747 and B767s are supposed to be using exact same GE CF6 engine, and as such their components are interchangeable including inlet cowl as they show to be effective in the IPC. However some of the 747 ...
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