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A fighter is an aircraft designed primarily for aerial combat.

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Can I legally own and fly fighter jets in the UK?

I’ve seen a similar post, but it applied to America. Could I own and fly a BAE Systems Hawk T1 in the UK? What kind of regulations are there? Obviously it would have to be unweaponised but I was just ...
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Fighter aircraft information

Can fighter aircraft accomodate more than one pilot who flys the plane? I mean similar to pilot, copilot. In general if Yes or No, Is it useful to have more than one pilot in a fighter plane?
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Is a fighter pilot allowed to fly two different model fighters?

Does a fighter pilot who flies the F/A-18E have permission to fly the F/A-18F for training a new pilot? Or does an F/A-18E pilot fly with an F/A-18F for night bombardment?
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Can fighter jets set their lights to flash six times?

So last night President Trump was in town at the Grand Rapids Airport in Michigan. I live about 5 miles away directly to the west of the airport. I noticed multiple high and fast flying jets (they ...
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How do you win a simulated dogfight/Air-to-Air engagement?

When simulating/practicing a dogfight/air-to-air engagement obviously real, live weapons aren't used. So therefore, how is it that these missions are "won"? So my first question is: In a ...
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What prevents fighters from being fitted with jetliner-style bleed-air wing anti-ice?

In a comment, John K points out that: In any case, military fighter aircraft have to avoid icing, which is kind of odd for those that are considered "all-weather" interceptors.. This, to ...
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How would a fighter be changed from having static stability to having relaxed stability?

A good portion of aircraft, especially those designed before the 1970's, possessed static stability. However, modern fighters (and some airliners) have been build with relaxed static stability. This ...
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How to know which NVIS Class is used in an aircraft?

I wonder if NVIS (Night Vision Imaging System) class for a fighter jet is fixed or not? Is it possible that the pilot can wear any NVG (Night Vision Goggle)? If I want to find out the NVIS Class that ...
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In USAF are people WSO by choice or is it because they didn’t make the cut to be a pilot?

Generally, is a US Air Force Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) someone who wanted to be an WSO or is specifically assigned and trained to be an WSO from the start, or someone who failed flight training ...
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What information is recorded in aircraft sensor and maintenance logs?

I was wondering what the sensor and maintenance logs in an aircraft look like and what are the values logged? Like maybe the engine temperature, altitude, exhaust temperature, etc. I know the data is ...
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Why so much throttle work on navy fighter during final approach?

• Look at his left hand: why so much throttle work while flying? What is he doing? • Is the throttle response very slow? It seems to me that the fighter don't accelerate so much when he gives full ...
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Are there jet aircraft for whose flights astrodynamics must be taken into account? [duplicate]

Civilian jet airliners don't need to push their yokes down to follow the curvature of the Earth because within the atmosphere the curvature is accounted for by automatical systems, right? I wonder ...
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As at 2020, why don't fighter jets have ≥ 200 rounds for their cannons?

I already read Why do fighter jets still have guns/cannons?, but it doesn't expound why 100-200 rounds suffice or how "6 seconds is actually a lot of 'gun time' for modern air-to-air systems ...
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Why do fighter jets pilots use an oxygen mask? [duplicate]

I always wondered why fighter pilots need to fly with a facemask. Since the cabin in pressurised wouldn't the oxygen level be the same as in any commercial jet so sufficient for the pilot to remain ...
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Ventral masts- what are they?

I have kids working on a model of a Boulton Paul Defiant, a WWII-era fighter plane. When we found images of this plane, it shows two rods sticking vertically down from the belly of the plane. Some of ...
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What is this jet aircraft appearing in the 2019 TV Series “Black Summer”?

This looks like an F-22 Raptor, but I can hardly see it:
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Which features identify an aircraft as a “Sixth Generation Fighter”? [duplicate]

I've been seeing all this news about how the Navy and Air force are going to get some new next gen fighter jets soon. However, I was wondering what will be the difference that makes it 6 gen instead ...
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Why does Pakistan continue to use F-16s?

Why does Pakistan continue to use F-16s even though they have their own JF-17s? What features do Pakistani F-16s have which their JF-17s don't?
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Would one fighter pilot know that another's mask is not on?

I admit, this comes from the original “Independence Day” movie from 1996, but during the first dogfight scene one of the characters claims they can't breathe and takes their mask off. Another ...
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How often is the name painted on fighters?

This question is restricted in US Air Force fighters as I don't know if other air forces paint the pilot's name on fighter. This question pops into my mind because of 2 reasons: this comment reminds ...
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What is the purpose of classifying fighters?

Fighters are classified by generation, as explained in this answer. Given this Wikipedia sum up, some fighters are not clearly in a defined generation, especially for 4th generation subclasses. Thus ...
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Do adding high thrust in plane prevents it from stalling?

I am convinced that fighter jets (every flying object) do stall. So from quora, Why don't fighter jets stall? But most of the fighters have thrust:Weight ratio > 1 which means that they are not ...
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What is this aircraft and the Air Force it belongs to?

Hi, Could someone identify the fighter jet type and the Air Force it operates in? Thanks
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What was the average duration of a Me-262 combat mission during WWII?

Me 262 in 1945 Maximum speed: 900 km/h Range: 1,050 km Service ceiling: 11,450 m Rate of climb: 20 m/s at max weight of 7,130 kg Thrust/weight: 0.28 Could a Me-262 fight for (1050 km) / (900 km/...
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Why do some fighter jets have double wheels in the front gear whereas some other aircraft have a single wheel?

The Typhoon has a single wheel in the front gear, but the Rafale or Gripen have double wheels in the front gear. What is the reason for this difference?
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In an F-18, how do rudders deflect during cross winds and gusts? Can rudders be deflected by different angles?

Deflection of rudders can balance moment about the centre of gravity. I have thought of non-symmetric deflection of rudders so that net sideward force is create to balance the moment about the center ...
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Is it possible for someone to buy a fighter jet? [duplicate]

Yesterday I came across a video of a person who purchased 3 Harriers ("Harrier Jump Jet"). This brought up the question of: assuming he/she has the capability of paying for the price, is it possible ...
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How do the fighter jets in air shows color their smoke trails?

At some large military parades or airshows, there will be tiers of fighters arranged neatly. In order to increase the visual effect, white or colored smoke will be sprayed from the tail of the ...
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What are the pros and cons of high service ceilings for fighter jets?

What are the pros and cons of high service ceilings for fighter jets? Can they bypass radars and attack effectively at high ceilings?
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Why do all fifth generation fighters (J20, F22, SU57) put their wing above the fuselage?

I heard that upper wing could increase stability, but why do fighters need it? Or are there some other reasons? Please specify.
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What are these strips on HAL Tejas?

What are these strips on and below the tail of this HAL Tejas?
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Why do all fifth generation fighters (J20, F22, SU57) use Trapezoid wings?

It seems that trapezoid wings are used by all fifth generation fighters (although the wing of J20 looks quite like delta wing), but why? What made a trapezoid wing so attractive? Why don't they use ...
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Which fighter jet is the safest outside of combat?

I've heard that the Bloodhound SSC project decided to use a Eurofighter engine, because this was "safe". This got me wondering if there are any numbers on which fighter jets are safest. Something like ...
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I want to be a French fighter pilot. Any advice? [closed]

Hello everyone! I want to be a French fighter pilot and I would like some advice from retired fighter pilots about how you should do things if you were at the same age as you were when you entered ...
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How does maneuvering affect radar detection of stealth aircraft?

Stealth aircraft like the F-22 and F-35 have very low radar cross sections. These planes have angles of their fuselage set-up in a way to deflect radar signals. As far as I understand another stealth ...
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Can a F-4 Phantom II pilot control weapons?

In the F-4 Phantom II, can the pilot in the front seat control the weaponry as well, or do they only fly the aircraft? And can the weapons officer in the back fly the aircraft in emergencies, e.g. if ...
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Why do I never see fighter jets on sites like FlighRadar24 and ADBSExchange.com [duplicate]

On ADS-B Exchange they even have a filter option for military aircraft, and it will show all kinds of transport, mid-air refuelers, helicopters, and even training aircraft like the Texan, but I don't ...
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During airshows, how common is it to fly armed with (inert?) missiles?

I notices that these three Su-35s were armed with missiles during an airshow. At the 1-min mark, you can clearly see that jet #38 has 2 missiles under each wing as well as a bomb / (spare fuel tank?) ...
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Is the F-16 cockpit pressurized?

Is the F-16's cockpit pressurized? If so, why does the pilot receive oxygen from the mask (please state the correct terminology for this)? Is it due to redundancy in case cabin pressurization fails?
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Does anyone know what plane this is? [closed]

I have looked at hundreds of photos on line but nothing that has the upswept wings and the downswept rear wings with just one tail. I'd like to see a picture so I can paint it properly - thanks
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Why do jet nozzles close at different rates?

After recently seeing the trailer for Top Gun 2, I was reminded of something that I always wondered about: why do the nozzles of some jet aircraft seem to close at different rates? Sure, it's likely ...
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Are fly-by-wire fighters protected in AoA?

When thinking about fly-by-wire, I always think about civilian aircraft (Dassault Falcon 7X, Airbus A350...) for which protections are implemented to ensure the aircraft stays in its designed flight ...
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Do afterburners use excessive amounts of fuel?

The purpose of an afterburner is to provide additional thrust, and it is obvious that more fuel is needed for that. But that is to be expected independent of an afterburner. That more thrust needs ...
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Is an afterburner louder than the same jet engine without it?

I would speculate that an afterburner increases the noise because it is nearer to the exhaust. But it certainly causes so many changes in the exhaust flow that it could be less loud as well. It may ...
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What is the rationale for single engine military aircraft?

In aeronautics, redundancy is of primary concern. Having at least two engines is common for civilian aircraft. I expect the military to have at least the same level of redundancy. Moreover military ...
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Why do modern fighter aircraft still use transparent canopies instead of cameras feeding imagery to screens?

The F-35 loves to boast about the HUD letting pilots see 'through' the aircraft, but I was wondering why they even have a transparent canopy instead of embedding the pilot deep in the fuselage like ...
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What are the typical max speeds & g loads at which internal weapon bay(IWB) door can be opened for weapon deployment?

What are the typical numbers for popular aircraft like the F-22 & F-35 which have IWB?
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Why is this missile positioned in this odd position? How can it be launched correctly?

How this missile is positioned here in this odd position? How this can be launched right from this jet?
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Why is there such a low level of automation in the aerospace industry (compared to other industries such as automobile)?

I have been watching some episodes of the documentaries made by National Geographic lately and I have noticed something that I can't find an explanation for. In this episode of Megafactories - ...
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Is moving payload masses during flight to restore mass centering, or to avoid having to trim, a useful approach?

Note: Title was previously "Movable big missiles/bombs/tanks under fighter jets: conceivable?" Example: lateral weight distribution in fighters Fighter-bombers jets are small and lightweight in ...

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