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A fighter is an aircraft designed primarily for aerial combat.

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Why is the MIG-21 still used in several militaries even though it is so old?

I was looking through some of the cold was Era jet fighters and noticed that the Mig-21 that was made in the 50s is still in use in places like India and such and was wondering if anyone knows why ...
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What's the meaning of these jet fighter pilots gestures?

As per title, what's the meaning of the following gestures (if any)?
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Russian SU-57 vs US F-22s; who would win? [closed]

Let's say that Russia acquired a full squadron of SU-57s. Who would win? So they are flown by the same cloned person and have the same training. Both fighter squadrons have the exact same ground radar ...
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Why did the CF-105 cease production when it had such promising potential?

I have been reading about the CF-105 recently and noticed that although it was one of the most advanced aircraft of its era it was shut down by the Canadian government after one crashed in a freak ...
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What is the feasibility of using drones that can fly at 360kmh as anti aircraft?

What is the feasibility of using drones that can fly at 360kmh as anti aircraft? Linked under is a similar thread. However, with the prevalence of more advanced drones such as linked below wouldn't a ...
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Can fighter jet weapons be fired by ground personnel?

Does it makes sense for fighter pilots to have a ground personnel be connected to the aircraft and be able to fire weapons to help/offload work specially on stressful/critical situations? (You know is ...
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What is unarmed weight?

I'm doing research about fighter planes, and I've noticed two terms: unarmed weight and empty weight. I've tried to find what the difference between these two terms is, but I can't find a definition ...
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Do fighter jets have windshield wipers?

I was wondering if fighter jets do have windshield wipers for the rain. Other airplanes do. I can imagine that you don't need them because of their speed but I wasn't able to find some clear ...
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Why aren't all fighter jets' engine intakes on top instead of forward?

Reading the question and answer to How does the Yak-130 fly with blocked engine inlets, I am now wondering why it - or any fighter jet - has forward engine intakes at all? The top and accepted answer ...
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How does the Yak-130 fly with blocked engine inlets?

In this Yakovlev Yak-130 youtube video you can see at 2:45 where it closes the inlets(something I've never seen before, I've only seen the typical engine inlet covers) and then it does a perfect take ...
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What wing design provided the best energy retention for a fighter jet

As far as I know, tailless delta wings have the worse energy retention during a turn, is that true? If yes then why is that the case? Also jets like F16 with root extended shallow delta wings (40% ...
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Why doesn't Su-57 blend the engine nacelles with the fuselage, like other 5th generation fighters?

All the current and upcoming 5th generation fighter aircraft have increasingly similar physical layouts regardless of their origin. This seems to be due to similar design choices around stealth and ...
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Why are there still fighter pilots in cockpits?

Way back in 2010, Elon Musk said, The fighter jet era has passed. And he seems to have a point. Although fully autonomous fighter planes are some way off (see above linked article), why doesn't ...
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Can doppler radar be used to detect stealth aircraft by focusing on the characteristic flow field instead of the aircraft itself?

Any aircraft traversing through the air would impart velocity, pressure, and temperature gradients to the surrounding air, then there are some phenomenon which are unique to all winged bodies such as ...
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Why does the F/A-18 use external aileron and flap hinges?

As seen in the picture, the legacy Hornet uses ailerons and flaps with external hinges, and I was wondering what were the advantages of external hinges compared to flush hinges in the land-based ...
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Why do you land a fighter jet with AOA Units?

I currently begann learning Falcon BMS and watched some fighter cockpit landings on YT and learned the technique to land a fighter is to use your AOA and not Airspeed like you would do it on a GA ...
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Do fighter pilots have to manually input the ordnance they have loaded on the aircraft?

When ordinance is loaded onto a fighter or bomber, does the system automatically know what ordnance it has? Or does the pilot have to manually input for each pylon?
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Why do the engine of MiG-31 spit out flame when going for afterburner?

I was seeing this image. Always we can see an abnormal flame spit out of the engine when the pilot goes for afterburner. Why?
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What are the problems Ukrainians have with F-16?

Ukraine say they will not be able to operate F-16 till the end of the year, even if they get them. The communication does not explain, why. It is anything known on what are exactly they problems? Is ...
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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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Low and High G snapshot

I'm reading Fighter Combat: Tactics and Maneuvering by Robert L. Shaw and ran into this passage which I'm having trouble understanding. I was thinking maybe someone with experience would understand ...
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What capabilities have been lost with the retirement of the F-14?

As in the title. Ideally, I am looking for a study in the public domain that would summarize the US Navy's loss of capabilities with the disappearance of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat. I will also accept an ...
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What is this black streak on the F-35B?

I was seeing this image and noticed a black streak behind a vent on the fuslage of the F35. What is this vent used for?
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Did pilots use the radio in the Spanish Civil War?

Was radio communication used by fighter pilots during the Spanish Civil War? Fiat CR32, Messerschmitt Me 109 and Polikarpov I-16 were typical aircraft but I have no information about radio ...
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Which fighter jet is seen here at Centennial Airport Colorado?

These fighter jets landed at Centennial Airport Colorado today. What type of fighter jet are they?
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What does this hand gesture of fighter jet pilots mean?

I am trying to understand more of the gestures fighter jet pilot use. I have seen this gesture many times: Does anyone know what this gesture mean? Are there any good resources about the gestures ...
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Which fighter jet is this, based on the silhouette?

6 to 8 of these planes flew through the Ogwen Valley in North Wales, UK, this morning (2nd of June). Hawks and other training jets are common sights, but I’ve not seen these before and can’t identify ...
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Energy Maneuverability Theory Applied to WW1 Fighters

I am trying to test the Fokker D.VII, Spad S.XIII, Sopwith Camel, Nieuport 28, and the Se5a using the model in this paper: https://apps.dtic.mil/sti/pdfs/ADA066034.pdf It's called Combat Performance ...
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Were European single-engine fighters considered superior to U.S. designs at the start of WW2?

There was a wide consensus in U.S. military circles about 1940 that U.S. pursuit fighters were substantially less capable in terms of performance than their equivalent European counterparts. ...
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Why is there no video of the drone propellor strike by Russia

I've seen lots of videos of the Russian aircraft flying near the US drone, but I've yet to see a video of the reported collision with the drone's propellor. Is there no video of the strike? If not, ...
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Why would a fighter drop fuel into a drone? [closed]

According to the BBC: A feed from a camera fitted under the fuselage of the surveillance drone shows a Russian SU-27 making two extremely close passes while releasing, what appears to be, fuel as it ...
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What is the exact blue-green color that used to be popular in cockpits of Russian fighters

Does anybody know the exact name of the color that was used to paint all Cold War era Soviet fighter cockpits? It’s a blue green color but I’d like to get the exact color as I’m currently building a ...
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How are shock waves formed at fighter jet inlets when the shock wave is already formed at the nose cone?

If the main shock wave is formed at the nosecone of a jet aircraft at supersonic speeds, how is the airflow still supersonic at the inlet of the jet intake? Shouldn't the inlets experience subsonic ...
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Is it possible to fly with lower than 1 g-force?

I was watching this video GOING SUPERSONIC with U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds! and at some point (video 15:20 minute) the g-force appear to be 0.7. Here image from the video: As you can see the g-force ...
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Can you drop the bombs of an F-16 during 9G-forces?

An F-16 simulator instructor told me that it is not possible to drop the bombs of an F-16 during 9 G-forces. I was surprised by this fact and looked it up, but I couldn't find anything about this. So ...
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Why do most military multi function displays use CRT or LCD instead of something like OLED

As I understand most screens for military MFDs utilize LCD screens or used to use CRT screens. OLED however has some advantages over LCDs especially in terms of weight and space. They're generally ...
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How much of the Mig 25 utilized vacuum tubes?

I've often heard that because the Soviet Union lagged behind in integrated circuit development, they built their fighters to rely less on them compared to NATO and American platforms. The Mig25 is ...
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Why did the British Royal Air force not see a mass adoption of American Fighter planes and bombers?

I understand the RAF made extensive use of C-47 and other support aircraft from the US, but they never seemed to adopt fighters and bombers for frontline service like the British Army so eagerly did ...
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Why do missiles typically have cylindrical fuselage and not a fuselage that generates more lift?

For example, Tomahawk Cruise Missile, or Harpoon anti-ship missile. They fly straight and level for the most part of their flight regime. I think if they had a fuselage optimised for level flight then ...
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What is the fundamental difference between a land-based jet and a carrier capable jet?

Are the carrier-capable planes designed as carrier-capable from the ground up? Or are they made carrier-capable by modifying a land-capable design? For example, Mig-29 versus Mig-29K ? In the latter ...
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Is it possible to fly around the world to stay in daylight with a fighter jet?

I was wondering if it is possible for a fighter jet to fly around the world and stay in daylight? For the Southern and Northern Hemisphere, the time and speed of daylight is different during seasons. ...
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Are the F-18 movements in the Top Gun: Maverick movie really possible?

Lately, I watched the new movie Top Gun: Maverick. A few times Maverick made some impressive movements when he was getting hunted by another fighter jet. He somehow goes slightly up, brakes and gets ...
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Why do fighter jets make a whistling noise when landing and taking off?

Lately, I was watching fighter jets (F-16s and F-35s) from very close (fascinating!) and heard for the first time the "whistling noise" when they were landing and taking off. I expect it has ...
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Why are fighter jets so loud when doing slow flight?

Going to air shows I noticed that when fighter jets did slow fight, it was just as loud as high speed passes. Why is this?
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What were other possible solutions proposed to solve the problem of clean weapons separation for the F-18 Super Hornet?

I'm curious as to what other solutions were considered besides canting the pylons.
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Why are the red/white control surfaces under the wing extended during a take off?

These pictures are more than a little dated as the CF-101 Voodoo's have not been flown since the mid 80's. In these two photos we can see the Voodoo is performing a full afterburner take off. Note ...
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Did the F-16 have an AoA limiter since the very first variant?

Did the F-16 have an AoA limiter since the very first variant or was it added later?
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Countries that have unmanned and manned fighter teaming projects [closed]

I have been wondering what countries currently have military programs related to teams of manned and unmanned fighter aircraft? For instance, I know that the US has several programs related to this ...
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Why do F-35B jets hover with their weapons bay doors partially open?

This is an interesting phenomenon noted for F-35B aircraft during vertical flight and vertical landing. They will do so with their weapons bay doors partially opened. ...
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Why would an F-35 take off with air brakes behind the cockpit extended?

At the Farnborough Airshow, I saw an F-35 take off with air brake behind the cockpit extended. Why would they do that?
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