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A fighter is an aircraft designed primarily for aerial combat.

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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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Do fighter jets have deicing in their wings?

If there is such thing as deicing for fighters? If so, is bleed air or electric heating preferred? I could not imagine that a $50MLN fighter jet would not be able to get the ice off its wings.
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What are the reasons for the end of the dogfight era? [duplicate]

A lot of sources mention that a lot of modern era (5.Gen) fighter jet designs such as the F-35 are focussing on qualities and properties such as stealth, long-range attacks, and versatility just to ...
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Which hand do fighter pilots use for the control stick?

Here is a question that has been bothering me for a while. Do right-handed fighter pilots use their right hand to hold the control stick? And do left-handed fighter pilots use their left hand? Or is ...
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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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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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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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What is an afterburner and how long can a jet fly on afterburner?

I heard this word so many time in military documentary about jets, especially fighter jets, but I don't fully understand what it is or how it works. In a documentary from the Discovery Channel, all ...
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How was flutter mitigated in jets such as the F-15 and F-16?

As I understand it flutter was a serious problem for early jets, like the XF-104. Flutter can affect any of the extended members of an aircraft during high-speed flight, including the wings and the ...
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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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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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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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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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Why do fighter pilots use night vision goggles rather than normal light inside the cockpit?

I've seen military personnel using night vision goggles (NVGs). With their flight altitude, I don't think the enemy can notice them. I thought it may be due to eye strain, but other units use red ...
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Do fly-by-wire fighter aircraft automatically reverse the direction of control surface deflections during a tailslide?

During a tailslide (a flight regime where the relative airflow over the aircraft is from the tail towards the nose; i.e., an attack angle between 90º and 270º; i.e., the airplane is moving tail-first),...
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Do fighter jets use elevators as ailerons?

I saw jets in game using elevators to roll right and left, but I never saw them doing in real life. I was wondering if fighter jets actually use elevator to roll like they do in game.
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Would a stationary WWII fighter fall on its nose with full throttle and brakes on?

Would a stationary WWII fighter fall on its nose with full throttle and brakes on? It's a general question, but I am interested in the Republic P-47.
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How do jet fighters get to war?

Currently Australia is deploying F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to the UAE to fight in Iraq. Obviously the UAE (and Iraq) is a very long way from Australia and well beyond the typical range of one of these ...
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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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What are the pros and cons of having a side-stick versus a centered control stick in a fighter aircraft?

The Eurofighter Typhoon features a centered control stick: While for example in the F-16 the stick is on the right side panel: I find the latter configuration much more natural/ergonomical. ...
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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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Why do fighter jets still have guns/cannons?

I noticed that the "new" F-35 still has a GAU-22/A cannon installed in it -- albeit with only 182 rounds (more with ammo pods). Why do fighters still have cannons? The day of dogfighting is long ...
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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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Do fighter jets have an auxiliary power unit?

Do fighter jets have an auxiliary power unit? If they don't, then how does the propulsion/ignition process start in the engine?
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Why is YF22 designed with conventional rudders while YF23 with all-moving rudders?

Are all-moving rudders more stealthy? If so, how come YF22 which is just as fixated with rear body stealthiness as the YF23 comes with conventional ones? Also, all-moving rudders have fixed camber, ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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How could "aggressor" pilots fly foreign aircraft without speaking the language?

Context I watched a couple documentaries recently and found one where they were mentioning the training of American forces against Mi-24 that were captured and brought back to the US to test fly them....
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Why are many military fighter aircraft designed to fly supersonic?

It is my understanding that these aircraft rarely fly at supersonic speeds anyway—the ordnance they carry, the increased fuel burn (even with supercruise), and the increased chance of detection make ...
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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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