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A fighter is an aircraft designed primarily for aerial combat.

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Where can I find reliable data on maximum turn rates for jet fighters?

I'm looking for reliable data on maximum instantaneous turn rates for jet fighters, something coming from reliable sources, ideally official flight manuals or specifications. I can't seem to find ...
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Why do all new European fighter jets have delta wings?

Why do all new European fighter jets - Typhoon, Gripen, Rafale have delta wings? As I know, they were all designed separately. And they are not new either. Is there any particular advantage that ...
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Why is the front section of the Su-30 not aligned with the longitudinal axis of the body?

Please take a look at the picture of the Su-30 below. You will notice that the front section of the Su-30, from the nose to the canopy, is not in alignment with the longitudinal axis of the body. The ...
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What improvement was made in Su-35 over Su-30?

What improvement was made in Su-35 over Su-30?
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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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When the F 16 landing the flaperons are used for rolling due to the functionality as ailerons, but after touching the ground it is the same?

In landing gains the flaperons are down 20 degrees. If you have to do corrections of the bank angle on approach then you move upward only one of the flaperons. But after touching the runaway it is ...
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Can fighter jets be reloaded with ammunition mid-flight?

I know that we can re-fuel fighter jets mid-flight, but do we have also a mechanism to reload them with ammunition during mid-flight so they don't need to go back to base to reload?
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Why does Harrier have split hot exhaust nozzles?

This is a repost after the original questions were deemed too complicated. Hawker Sea Hawk shot by Smudge 9000 under CC-SA 2.0 licence. Harriers seem to inherit elements from Sea Hawk, that the ...
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I need some help to understand the rationales behind some STOVL jet designs, especially the Pegasus-Harrier configuration [closed]

In the question:Why do VTOL aircraft (F-35 or Harrier) have only one engine? Aeroailas answered why mature STOVL fighter designs only use one main engine, but did not answer why there are no mature ...
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How is the centre of lift and centre of gravity misalignment problem solved in Delta wing aircraft?

Since Delta winged aircraft don't have horizontal stabilizers to produce down force, how is that problem solved ?
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What is the difference between the flight control systems of different F-16 models?

It is mentioned that the F-16 A/B variants had an analog flight control system (FCS), while the C/D versions introduced a digital FCS starting from block 40. Can somebody elaborate on the differences ...
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What is maximum acceleration that can be achieved by afterburner in level flight?

I am wondering how a fighter jet (let's take F-22 for example) would compare to other vehicles in terms of acceleration while in flight. For cars and motorcycles, achieving 0-100 KPH in 2 seconds is ...
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Why do air forces still use bombers?

Something I have wondered about recently, since the advent of ICBMs what is the point of long range bombers like the B-2? I understand they have longer range and can carry more payload but wouldn't ...
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Why are fighter pilots seated and not reclined?

I have always wondered about this one. Pulling high G-forces is, I assume, the most physical challenge the pilot of a high performance fighter aircraft needs to be able to sustain without blacking ...
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What exactly do fighter pilots do during peacetime sorties?

I am located near a base with a Sukhoi Su-30 squadron of the Indian Air Force. These jets keep doing these sorties every day and night. I have always wondered what exactly these jets do during their ...
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Why don't the US Navy Blue Angels fly Super Hornets?

The US Navy demonstration team has been flying the legacy Hornet for a long time and I was wondering why don't they use the Super Hornet? The legacy Hornet is over 30 years old and showing its age. I ...
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What aircraft is this and to which air force does it belong?

Hi, could someone identify the type of this fighter jet and the air force which operates it? Thanks!
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Can a fighter jet land on a modified airliner?

Imagine this scenario: A modified military 747 is flying at a constant speed and altitude. On the top of the fuselage there is a device like a helipad but with three holes to accommodate the fighter ...
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Can the HAL Lca Tejas perform Pugachev's Cobra maneuver?

Can any variant of the HAL Lca Tejas (either the naval variant, the mark 1, mark 2 or later) perform Pugachev's Cobra? If not, why?
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Was any MiG-29 modernized to incorporate digital systems?

Did any air force using the MiG-29 ever modernize their aircraft so that they can fly on fully digital equipment such as the following? Digital HUD Digital fly-by-wire Digital navigation system ...
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What is the battery voltage for a Supermarine Spitfire?

I am used to modern aircraft being 28V systems. I found an article saying that a trolley AC plug in battery used to start WWII aircraft was 12V. I'm trying to confirm or disprove this.
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Why are some US fighters' canopies tinted while others are not? [duplicate]

Ok, I'm sure we've all seen how some particular US fighters have tinted glass canopies (I'm not sure what you would refer to the glass as), while others do not. Looking at the currently in-service ...
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Under what circumstances does the F-16 and possibly similar fighters deploy leading edge slats?

What does the F-16 (perhaps other fighters as well) use to decide when to deploy leading edge flaps? I would assume angle of attack, airspeed, stick deflection, or some combination of the three, are ...
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Is it correct that a jet fighter can be used as a non-lethal (sonic) weapon?

Imagine you have a crowd of people, who want to go to a certain territory (e. g. close to the border). An airplane flies over them such that when it reaches supersonic speed, there is a loud bang. ...
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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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How do solo fighter pilots sleep?

Tonight I watched Nova's "The Impossible Flight", a documentary film about the around the world Solar Impulse project where a solo pilot set the world's record for a 5 day non-stop flight from Japan ...
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How is it possible for the MIG 21 to have full rudder to the left, but the nose wheel move freely to the right and then straight or to the left?

How is it possible that the MIG 21 has the rudder to the left, but the nose wheel moves freely to the right, and then straight or to the left on the runway? See timestamp 1 min 11 sec in this video:
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the MiG-29's horizontal stabilizers (not what do they do)?

The MiG-29's tail axes are located fairly close to the leading edge, and rotate along an axis oblique to the chord. What are the possible consequences to this arrangement (e.g. actuator torque, ...
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How often is the name painted on fighters?

This question is restricted to US Air Force fighters, as I don't know if other air forces paint the pilot's name on the fighter. This question pops into my mind because of 2 reasons: this comment ...
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Is there a career path to fly fast, military jets without being in the military?

I would like to pilot or fly in fighter jets however as I have mild asthma I cannot join the Royal Air Force. So is it possible to fly in or pilot these kinds of aircraft as a career without being in ...
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Why do thrust vectoring nozzles delay?

I saw a video demonstrating the SU-30's thrust vectoring nozzles and noticed that the horizontal stabilizers begin moving up/down before the nozzles do. It seems that the F-22 also has this delay. ...
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Why was the F-14 retired 15 years ago while the contemporary F-15 is still operational?

The F-14 and the F-15 were designed in almost the same years and each one was at the top of its own "compartment" (respectively, US Navy and US Air Force). However, almost 15 years ago, the ...
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What is the maximum side slip angle that can be achieved by a F-16?

During which flight regime is maximum side slip needed (apart from take-off and landings in cross winds)? I have learned that during a knife edge maneuver, the side slip angle plays a crucial role in ...
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How can an aircraft hover almost vertically?

(Source: https://fat.gfycat.com/) The aircraft in this GIF (although being an RC plane) seems to be flying vertically, just meters above the ground. How is this possible? How is it possible to control ...
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Why does the F-15 have a swept-back trailing edge at its wing tips?

The F-15's wing has an curious feature: a swept-back trailing edge near the wingtips, along with an unswept inboard portion of the wing. (Modified from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Can anyone identify what appears to be a crashed WWII German plane?

This photograph is in my family's photo collection. The only information with the photo is, "Cousin Bud Kohl - aircraft wreck." If anyone can identify the make and model it is greatly ...
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What is the disadvantage of twin-engine fighter jets? [duplicate]

Some air forces in the world do not use twin-engine jets at all. For instance, Pakistan. Even though Pakistan could import twin-engine jets from China at a very cheap price, they never did that. What ...
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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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How does the F-16 achieve negative stability? [duplicate]

F-16 has negative stability at subsonic conditions. How is this achieved? To me it looks like a very streamligned, very normally shaped aircraft. Is the Center of Mass actually behind the Center of ...
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I'd like to know the name of this aircraft

I recognize it but can't recall the name, if anyone can tell me that would be great.
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Placing bomb bays on top in order to avoid radar detection [closed]

Considering that opening the bomb bay on a stealth aircraft increases the chances of the plane being detected by radars, why no one is placing the bomb bays on top of the airplane? At least for jet ...
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How are missiles attached/detached from a combat jet aircraft?

What is the mechanism holding a missile onto the hard-point of a wing, and how does it smoothly release the missile when it's ready to fire? What about the electric cables that also need to detach ...
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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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How much energy does unretracted landing gear consume?

I am interested in finding energy consumption (% kN) of unretracted landing gear (on a jet fighter) per hour. Although the shape and size tell us how much drag is being produced I need a general rule ...
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Would it be feasible to develop a dirigible-based refueling station for fighter aircraft?

The impossibly bad 2005 film Stealth featured a dirigible-based, mid-air refueling tanker station for the stealth fighters to use. At first, this seemed like it might have been the singular good ...
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Why don't most fighters have thrust reversers?

With the exception of the Panavia Tornado, fighters do not have thrust reversers. Why is this? Why does the Panavia Tornado have them?
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Has a pilot ever been disciplined for taking a guest for a flight in a single-seat fighter aircraft?

I recall reading of a spitfire pilot who was suspended for taking a member of the WAAF up for a jaunt to impress her. She supposedly sat in the pilot's lap throughout the short flight and they were ...
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In general, what are the RPM ranges/differences between the various compression stages on a 2 or 3 spool (LP,IP,HP) turbojet/fan engine?

I have a general interest in jet engines and am pretty new to the topic so I wanted to toss this question into the wind as I don't have any previous experience or knowledge to pull from and haven't ...
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What is the first fighter jet aircraft which carried out a night bombing mission?

Does anyone know in which occasion it was carried out and the date which it was carried out? Night bombing began in World War I and was widespread during World War II. A number of modern aircraft ...

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