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What is the use of this object in the cockpit of a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400?

What is the use of this object in the cockpit of a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400?
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What's that in front of the overhead panel?

There is that thing I have see a few pilot using it. it can be pulled outside and then inside. what's that and what's the use of it?
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Can you identify this antenna on a Cessna 172N?

Does anybody know what this antenna is used for? I suspect a glideslope antenna but I am not totally sure.
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Why does the B-2 Spirit have a pattern of thin white lines?

Northrop Grumman's B-2 Spirit bomber is mostly black or dark grey, but has a symmetric pattern of distinctive, thin white lines painted on its wings and fuselage. I have not been able to find anything ...
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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 the purpose of these movable panels on the MiG-35?

The MiG-35 has movable panels on the LERX (leading edge root extensions). There are a number of images around the web showing these panels deployed during slow flight and retracted otherwise. When do ...
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What is that sharp thing on the wall of the air intake of the F-15? [duplicate]

What is that sharp thing on the wall of the air intake of the F-15?
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What is this object name and how it works?

Photo is from here. I believe that it something like steer on a car. But seems that it has function or control more than just turning left or right. Is any different between left and right?
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What are the bars protruding from this C-130?

This C-130 was photographed on approach to Ellington Field (EFD), Texas. What are the protruding, truss-supported bars aft of and below the wing? There's an airshow coming up in ~3 weeks at EFD, so ...
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What is the purpose of the vertical splitter and the NACA duct at the MQ-9 Reaper engine scoop?

The engine scoop/intake on the MQ-9 features a vertical splitter at the inlet face, as well as another smaller NACA duct on the top cowl surface just aft of the inlet lip. I am guessing the former ...
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What is the device at the tail of the F-16 Block 60?

The F-16 Block 60 has a lot of advancements, one of which is the device at the tail. What is it? For clarification, I believe all these vents (second image) are for said device.
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What is this gigantic dish at Ben Gurion airport?

As the title asks, what is this thing for? Have never seen anything like it at other airports I've been to.
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What is the purpose of the extending wingtip panels on the Su-25?

Is it to increase the air resistance of the aircraft? Source: reddit.com
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Does the B-1B Lancer have controllable canards?

These three pictures shows the B-1B Lancer's canards and its elevators. I am not sure to call that feature a canard as the jet also has elevators. In my limited understanding, canard and elevator are ...
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What “jet engine” is featured in this ad that Simone Giertz made for a phone?

Simone Giertz's video "Having Dinner With a Jet Engine/Leaf Blower" has a number of views of the turbine, on a cart, with a ducted fan attached. This side view is the best view, in my opinion. I put ...
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What is the function of activating an individual elevator on the B-1B Lancer?

This B-1B Lancer's picture I captured from this Youtube video. The control axes is from Wikipedia. As we know, the three "conventional" axes are as follows: Roll axis controlled by aileron, Pitch ...
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What is the small openining on the bottom right of door 4R of an Airbus A321? [duplicate]

While observing taxiing A321 planes, I noticed that they had an open hatch-like opening on the bottom right of door 4R. I marked it here on a picture I found online. I could not locate it in the ...
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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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What are these protruding elements from SU-27's tail?

I recently saw in person SU-27 belonging to the Ukrainian Air Force. I spotted some protruding elements from its tail and I'm wondering what are they called and what do they do?
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What's This Cable Connecting Cockpit to Vertical Stabilizer in Air Tractor AT-401?

This is a picture of an AT-401 Sprayer Airplane I was wondering what's this steel-string stretching from cabin's windshield to the top of the vertical stabilizer ...
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What are these panels underneath the wing root of a A380?

What are these open panels underneath the wing root of a A380 (right above the person standing under the aircraft)? Are they ram air exhausts of the air conditioning packs?
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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 are those bumps on top of the Antonov-225?

What are those bumps on top of the Antonov-225? What are they for? And what are they called?
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What is this flat plate sticking out of the tail of Learjet 24D?

What is this protrusion on the tail of Learjet 24D (shown just above the avro museum logo) and what is its function? Learjet 24D Tail closeup Zoomed out image of the Learjet tail Source: images ...
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What is this hole on the F-22 Raptor?

I noticed this little hole that is right in front of the cockpit window of the F-22 Raptor. In some photos, it seems to be closed, while in other photos, it's open. Does anyone know (or think they ...
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How much can a plane benefit from another planes wake?

Could a smaller plane fly in a V formation behind a much larger plane to reduce fuel consumption significantly more than a plane its own size? At what point does flying in a larger planes wake become ...
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What is this square hole for? [duplicate]

When waiting to depart Edinburgh today I noticed a square hole (looked to be something that can be opened and closed) on the rear of the right side of the aircraft. Never seen it before and no idea ...
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What is the metal bit in the front of this propeller spinner?

What is that grey spirally bit in front of the propeller mounted on this Shvetsov ASh-62 radial engine?
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What is the reason for the strips on the nose of the Embraer E175 [duplicate]

Recently I boarded a KLM flight with an Embraer E175, when I noticed the strips on the nose (see image, marked with the black circle). Own image This Embraer E190 also has it: Image source ...
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What’s the purpose of the small “hole” in front of wing root on A320-214?

Someone knows what’s the purpose of this little “hole”?
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Why does the F-4's rear seat have a weather scope eyepiece?

In the front seat. The pilot has a flat screen radar scope that shows both the planes and the weather. But on the rear seat. The weather scope has an giant eyepiece. Perhaps glare protection? (...
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What are the two blisters on F-35 upper wing surface?

For all of the F-35 models you can find pictures with and without a blister on the upper wing surface. I'm guessing that it is sensors for the missile warning system that were retrofitted later on, ...
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What is that Boeing 757 custom cockpit interface?

Cropped; flickr.com, 2008 The photo is taken in cruise. The selected display shows takeoff data. There is also a send button (which hints at a datalink capability for communicating values). I ...
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Is this one of the engines from the 9/11 aircraft?

I ran across an interesting set of post-9/11 photos and I noticed this picture in particular: The closest item on the truck looks a bit like an airplane engine, but I can't tell for sure. Is it one ...
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What is that ceiling compartment of a Boeing 737?

Does somebody know what that big box in the roof of the 737 cabin is?
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How does F/A-18 autotrack work?

This is about the alleged "UFO" video. However, I'm not interested in speculation about what exactly the aircraft being tracked in the video is. What is "autotrack" in an F/A-18 Super Hornet? Does it ...
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What are the rotating disks at side of the throttle control [duplicate]

Pardon me if inaccurately describe the plane's cockpit. From watching aviation videos, I have noticed two disks at both sides of the throttle levers. They are colored in alternating white and black ...
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What are these clip-like things?

With me becoming an aviation enthusiast and AirBerlin becoming insolvent, my mom has gone on a hunt for deals on what I can best describe as AirBerlin merch (old uniforms, shirts, skirts, belts and ...
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What are the circled features on the upper surface of the A380 wing?

On the A380 wing are at least 3 red circle each side. There seems to be a black part inside. Is this a dip stick, or something else?
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What are these hexagonal things under the Concorde's neck?

The Concorde had a pair of dark-coloured hexagons under each of its forward boarding doors, as seen in this picture (showing the hexagons on the left side of the Concorde's neck): British Airways ...
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Does the a320 neo have anything like MCAS? [duplicate]

I am trying to book a flight that will be on an A320 NEO. Does this have any 'new' systems or features, like the MAX MCAS system? I'm asking this question also because one airline has just grounded ...
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How are this helicopter's blades perfectly timed with the camera shutter? [closed]

This is a video of the Mi-24 helicopter. The rotor blades appear not to be moving. Did the pilot and photographer sync the camera and helicopter to make this video and how? I do not know the true ...
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What is the bend in the tip of the blade of the new Black Hawk?

The newer Black Hawks have this angle added to the end of their rotor blades. What is it for? How does it increase or decrease performance? Could this be used on airplane propellers? (...
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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 are these openings on the TBD/TBM Avenger?

I've been looking at some pictures and models of the TBF1 and TBM3 Avengers, a torpedo and dive bomber from WW2. I've noticed in some cases there are these openings/slots towards the leading edge of ...
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What is the offset in a seaplane's hull?

I noticed there is a little offset in a seaplane's hull (highlighted in the following picture). I suppose this is useful as it exists in all the seaplanes I know. It appears to be neither a ...
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What are the unusually-enlarged wing sections on this P-38 Lightning?

Halfway through this video of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, there's an unusual-looking example. Notice the enlarged wing sections outboard of the engine bodies, and also how the cockpit fairing ...
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What’s this vortex generator like thing below the wing?

In Barcelona’s El Prat Airport I saw some ceiling fans and noticed that they have on the lower part of the wings something that looks like a wingtip device or vortex generator. As far as I understand ...
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Why do the in house Boeing 737 max tails have a drag chute? [duplicate]

In the recent videos of some in-house (tagged as Boeing instead of some airline), at the top of the aircraft's tail, there is a rope with a small drag chute attached to it. What is the purpose of this?...
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How are these flywheel-like devices used in the Boeing 737 Max? [duplicate]

The recent news video CNN's exclusive look inside a Boeing 737 Max simulator shows a 737 Max simulator cockpit. There are a pair of what look like large black flywheels on the console, shown spinning ...