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What is this part which is mounted on the wing of Embraer ERJ-145?

Take a look at the yellow parts which are mounted on the wing of an Embraer ERJ-145. What is it? Two closer images: From bottom:
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What is a 'Wing Loop Fault' on an A320 series Aircraft?

I was recently involved in a flight that had issues before take off. The plane was an Airbus 321. It was explained to me as being a "wing loop fault". The problem was that the ECAM messages were ...
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What are these things on the horizontal stabilizer on a Diamond DA40?

What are these things encircled on the horizontal stabilizer on the Diamond DA40? And why are they used from an aerodynamic point of view? Source: grupooneair.com
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What are the black boots on this Extra 300's prop?

I normally think of black boots on a prop as being for de-icing. However, the Extra 300 is not suitable for known-icing conditions, or even IMC flight. (It's AFM says "Only VFR flights at day are ...
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Identification of control column spade

I have a control column head similar to that used on the Spitfire and Hurricane but with two levers for cables coming up from the stick. I would like to find out what aircraft used this type. Markings ...
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What is that round antenna(?) on the bottom of a Piper Comanche?

Does anyone recognize this round object under the belly of a PA-24?
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What is that wing device that looks like a mini-spoiler on the CJ3?

The Cessna Citation CJ3 (model 525B) has that device circled below, what is it? Source: airplane-pictures.net I initially saw it as a mid-chord fixed spoiler-like device. As @programagor commented, ...
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What is that instrument with two knobs and what looks like range rings?

I just flew a Piper Warrior today and I got confused with the instrument shown below, it's the one above the CDI and to the right of the altimeter.
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What's this stick-like thing on the glass of C-130J? [duplicate]

Just was watching this video: C-130J Shadow Formation Landing You can see this stick-like thing on the glass of the aircraft. What's it? a sensor?
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What is this pattern on the windshield of aircraft?

The image is extracted from this Airbus A350 video (at 3m40s, when taking off) I circled in purple the strange pattern formed by few black straight lines. I'm quite puzzled as I have no idea of what ...
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What is this cylinder covered in threaded studs and what is it for?

I can't figure out what this is. It looks like each post is threaded, but why is a mystery to me. My guesses include a grounding post, a bolt/nut testing stand that's not actually in an aircraft, or ...
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What are these four tubes for in the intake for an Extra 300?

The fuel-injected engine has six cylinders, so it's not a "per-cylinder" thing nor is it related to a carburetor. P.S. That screen is the entirety of the air filter. Apparently it's meant ...
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Does F-35 flight stick have a trackball?

There is a trackball-looking thing on the side of F-35's side stick. What is this? Is this actually a trackball? There is also another round looking "button", although a bit different from ...
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What is the shiny stripe around the aft wing–body fairing on an A380?

Source: planespotters.net: 1, 2 Regardless of the airline, that part is always unpainted, and in the right conditions, it looks shiny. From below the plane, it wraps around the wing–body fairing. Is ...
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What is this stripe on the windshield of the Embraer E-Jet?

I noticed that there is a stripe along the upper edge of both forward windshields in the Embraer E-Jets: (cropped from Wikimedia) I tried to find a better picture, but couldn't find anything closer. ...
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What are the random, differently-coloured rectangular patches on the top of this Boeing 737's fuselage?

The top section of this green-painted Boeing 737's fuselage was slightly faded and I noticed a few dark-green, rectangular patches on its top. They look like patch kits on a bicycle tyre's inner tube. ...
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What are these protruding things on this Russian military aircraft (MiG-31BM)?

See the video In the video it is clear that the jet takes off and lands with all these 3 things "open/stretching out" (so it seems to fly just like that - not retracting them). Here is Wiki on that ...
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Is there a specific purpose for the silver “swoosh” on Air Force One?

Air Force One, just ahead of where the wing joins, has a silver "swoosh" on the bottom of the fuselage: Air Force Two, or other congressional aircraft painted with the blue/white livery that I was ...
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What is that yellow square to the right of the main entry door of this Lufthansa A350?

My question is: is it just part of the paint job, or does this yellow square serve a purpose? I haven't seen this square on any other airlines.
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What are these bars on an F-16's nose?

I've always wondered what the purpose of these "bars" on the nose of the F-16 (and some other military aircraft) are. Are they sensors (if so, what kind)? Are they lightning strips? I can't ...
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What is this extension at the tip of the Supermarine Southampton's wing?

Looking at this Wikipedia image of the Supermarine Southampton flying boat, I noticed what at first looked like a small wheel. But then I thought it couldn't be, as a wheel would be pointless in a ...
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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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Why does this Strikemaster have a textured leading edge?

I was at Duxford recently, and spotted a Jet Provost Strikemaster that had a rough texture applied to a portion of the leading edge of the wing. Why was this applied?
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What is this thing between the engines on the F-14 Tomcat?

On the F-14 as you can see from a picture there is some exhaust like thing in between engines. What is this?
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What's the name of this part of combustion chamber and what is it for?

There are two "excrescences" Near the end of diffuser of some combustion chambers. e.g. CFM56 and F101 What's the name of this part of combustion chamber and what is it for?
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What are these teardrop shaped thingamabobs on the bottom of the Panavia Tornado?

What are these two teardrop shaped thingamabobs on the bottom of the Panavia tornado? They could be hardpoints but I haven't found any photos where anything would have been mounted there. They don't ...
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What is the bulge under the engine of the Mirage III and some of its variants?

While attempting to create a Kfir in 3D modelling software, I noticed a bulge under the engine on the reference picture (a 2D side view) I was using, which I initially assumed to be a fin. After ...
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What are these grilles in the passenger cabin of this 787?

Below the windows, ahead of the seat, there are small grilles. Look: Source: Airliners.net What are those for?
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Why is there a hole in one of the layer of an airplane's windows?

On a commercial airliner, there is a hole in one of the layer of the passenger windows. See here: and here: Or in more detail: Can you explain the physical reasons for this design choice?
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What is this strange thing under Tu-95 which looks like a horse-fly's eye?

I was seeing this photo and saw an strange thing under the bomber. Too much looks like a compound eye. What could be it?
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Does anyone recognise this jet engine?

sorry for the terrible quality, it's what I've got. I've not been able to find anything looking like it using google image search. It looks too detailed for a random bit of clip art. Possibly around ...
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What's this outlet of IAE V2500 for? [duplicate]

Anybody knows what is this outlet for and why it is designed in such way? Edit: On MD-90 didn't see such thingy
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What's this part on the wing of BAE Systems Avro 146-RJ100?

It was always a question that what's this part on the wing of BAE Systems Avro 146-RJ100: Is it kinda aerodynamic component?
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Is this new intake of Airbus and Boeing aircraft's NACA inlet?

Anybody knows the name of this intake? look at the bellow images: Why don't Airbus and Boeing use the conventional NACA inlet? Why did they invent this kind of intake? I can see some parts of these ...
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What are these two circular areas on the fuslage of Fokker 100? [duplicate]

There are two circular areas on the fuslage of Fokker 100 which are shown in the bellow image. What are those? Why are the above these two areas written "do not paint"?
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Why do some aircraft series have an extra window? [duplicate]

Take a look at these two Boeing 717s, in some cases they have an extra window. why? Another instance. Boeing 737:
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What is this hole above the intake of engines of Mil helicopters?

Almost all the helicopters designed and manufactured by Mil have a hole above the intake. e.g. What is it for? APU? Other helicopters made by this company:
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What are these crevices below the wing of B-52 bomber?

What are these crevices below the wing of B-52 bomber?
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What is this intake bottom the wing of C-5 and why is it placed there?

There are two intakes bottom the wings of C-5. What are those and why are they placed there?
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What is this part of an aircraft (looks like a long thick pole sticking out of the back)?

On the website of Kenn Borek Air (an airline specializing in Arctic / Antarctic operations), on this page at the bottom, you can see the following picture: It looks like a long thick pole sticking ...
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What is this turbine engine panel that opens on landing?

Tonight I flew from Munich to Dortmund on an A319 and I happened to sit just above the wings and turbine on the right side. Upon landing, the turbine opened a window or panel which exposed some grid ...
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Are these two objects in cockpit of Antonov - AN 225 Mriya fans for air? What is their purpose?

In the above image, we can see two black objects that look like ceiling fans. This is just a reference image, but I am pretty sure that I have also seen small table fans mounted in cockpits of large ...
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What is this strut in biplane rigging, attached only to wires, not bearing any load?

A few biplanes like the Stearman have a strut parallel to the fuselage, halfway along the rigging's landing wires and flying wires, not fastened to the airframe, not bearing any obvious load. One on ...
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What is that wire connecting [duplicate]

What is that wire connecting the tail fin to the fuselage in beechcraft 1900 and so many other airplanes
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What are these Lights on the Center Column between Cockpit Windows on the A320?

I have always noticed there is what appears to be three lights on the center column, which separates the pilot and copilot window of the Airbus A320 family. From the looks, the center light is red and ...
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Why does Google's Wing drone have dimples?

The question What operational aspects of Alphabet's Wing drone delivery service will be the same as that of an airline? includes a cropped photo of a google drone from FAA Certifies Google's Wing ...
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What are these blades on the engine cowling of a Wittman Tailwind?

The Florida Air Museum in Lakeland has a Wittman W-8 Tailwind with four wooden, propeller-like blades on the engine cowling: Source: own work What are the blades for? It's an experimental aircraft ...
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What is this part on the Me 262?

I have seen this part on a me 262 model kit but I don't know what it is... I've make some research on it but I find nothing! Maybe it can be radar, or a weapon? Do you know what is this? And also its ...
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What's this black rectangle painted on the side of a V-1 flying bomb?

A friend sent me a photo of the V-1 flying bomb on display at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo. What's the black painted rectangle on the side of the fuselage? The writing isn't much help... Nicht auftreten ...
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What are these “winglets” on the roof of the 737?

I circled the parts on the fuselage in red.

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