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A fighter is an aircraft designed primarily for aerial combat.

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Can jet fighter missiles descend or ascend?

I am wondering that if missiles fired from jet fighters can ascend or descend? Are they going to aim only horizontally?
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How do pilots maintain level flight after launching missile?

I saw, on National Geographic, two well built navy guys lifting a comparatively small missile to be attached on wings of an F-18 Super Hornet. So when one missile on left wing is launched doesn't it ...
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What trade-offs are being made in the design of the planform alignment of stealth aircraft?

Stealth technology uses angles in the aircraft shape, and homogeneous orientation of the surfaces. In the F-22A Raptor wing leading edges, tail surfaces, air intake bypass doors, refueling aperture, ...
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Is JF-17 a reconfigured Mig-21/F-7?

The JF-17 Thunder is a fighter jet which has been developed with the joint collaboration of Pakistan and China. There has been a lot of hype about this aircraft in recent years. Pakistani and Chinese ...
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What is the highest muzzle velocity of a gun on any fighter aircraft?

I'm looking for the greatest muzzle velocity of a gun on any fighter aircraft. I looked up the GAU-8 Avenger from the A10 Warthog first. Its muzzle velocity is 1,070 m/s, which is pretty darn high (...
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Are NATO fly-by-wire fighters designed to feel like F-14 Tomcats?

Related question: Do fly-by-wire flight controls in airliners provide artificial feel? Icefire, by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, contains the following passage: When the engineers develop a ...
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When does the use of afterburners save fuel?

An afterburner uses a lot more fuel for a little more thrust (rule of thumb: 50% more thrust for 5 times the fuel flow with full dry power). Is a flight maneuver possible where using the afterburner ...
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Do fighter jets have forward-looking radar warnings for missiles, and when was this first implemented?

Let's imagine a swarm of fighter jets intercepting another swarm. Both groups are moving head-on towards each other. Once they get in range, they will probably lock on and fire missiles. Do fighter ...
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How do combat jets know when to launch flares to counter IR missiles?

From my related question, it seems fighter jets do not usually track missiles by radar. Instead, they have a system that warns of radar lock. So what about infrared missiles (heat-seeking missiles)? ...
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Why is the F-16 still in service?

Reading the Wikipedia page, I see that the F-16 began production in 1973. That seems pretty old to me. So I ask, why is the F-16 still in service in many countries around the world? Is it that a ...
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Why isn't the F-15E called F/A-15?

In my understanding, "F" stands for "fighter" (air-to-air) and "A" for "attack" (air-to-ground). E.g., the F/A-18 Hornet can attack air and ground targets, which is why it's called F/A-18. the A-10 ...
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How does a fighter jet perform good and quick maneuvers with such small wings?

Fighter jets like the F-16, F-15, etc. have wings smaller than the length of the fuselage and can perform great maneuvers very quickly while an airliner with a long wingspan takes a lot of time to ...
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Why don't single-engine jets suffer severe gyroscopic effects?

I was reading up on World War I fighter aircraft, and saw that rotary piston engines, which powered many of those planes, produced extreme gyroscopic effects due to the large, heavy chunk of metal ...
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Do fighter jets experience a reaction or recoil force upon firing a missile?

When fighter jets fire a missile, do they observe any kind of reaction force due to firing the missile? If yes, how is this observed by the pilot? If no, why not?
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What equipment is used by Boeing to convert the F-16 into an unmanned aircraft (QF-16)?

How exactly does this equipment convert the F-16 into an unmanned aircraft? Is it possible to use this equipment on any other fighter (like the F/A-18 Hornet for example) in order to convert it into ...
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What are the differences in design considerations for ground attack and air dominance aircraft?

What parameters and types of performance are designers trying to maximize when building an air dominance fighter plane rather than a ground support fighter? What are the trade offs between them - what ...
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Why are only some aircraft in this formation creating contrails?

The Republic Day celebrations at New Delhi, India had a series of flypasts by the Indian Air Force. What struck me the most was that in a formation with a C-17 in middle and two Su-30MKI flanking it, ...
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How can the canard configuration increase the aircraft's maneuverability? [duplicate]

I know that in many of the fighter jets, there are canard configurations like in F16, SAAB Gripen etc and heard they increase the aircraft's maneuverability. Can anyone explains how a canard helps in ...
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Why is the maximum speed of current fighter aircraft lower than those from the 1960's and 1970's?

While reading about the characteristics of the newest fighter aircraft, I observed that their maximum speed is lower than of the aircraft in the same roles half a century ago. For example, the iconic ...
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Why maneuverability and top speed are still issues in 5th generation air superiority fighter jets [duplicate]

In a previous question someone asked why do modern fighter jet speeds decrease compared to older fighter jets, and someone hinted that nowadays top speed is not a factor considering modern rockets ...
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What is the lightest weight operational jet/turboprop fighter ever deployed in combat?

Since the beginning of WWII there was been a trend towards larger fighter aircraft. In about 1960 the United States continued with larger fighters (F4, F100, F111, F15) but also started a branch of ...
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How are modern fighters cleaned? [closed]

I found this photo of a fighter jet being cleaned, how does this process work? (usatoday.com)
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Can civilians who buy ex-military fighter jets get the necessary maintenance information for them?

I was looking for fighter jets which are available to be bought by private citizens. I was wondering: how would you schedule the maintenance, as most of the jets are ex-military and there are no ...
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If all fighter jets become stealthy, how will they fight each other in the future? In dogfights?

I came across this question on dogfight-capable fighter jets still being made. If all aircraft become so stealthy, how will they fight each other? Only in dogfights, I presume. Or am I wrong?
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What fighters have both 1 & 2 engine versions?

Northrop originally built the F-5 "Freedom Fighter" (and T-38 "Talon") with two engines. Later it was re-fitted with a single F404 engine from the F/A-18, re-designating it the F-20 "Tigershark" to ...
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Is it possible to upgrade an old F-16 to the Block-60/62 standard?

Is it possible to upgrade an old F-16A/B Block-15 to the F-16D/E Block-60/62 standard? What modifications should be made, and how?
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How is that there is no leak through the fuel vents during aerobatics maneuvers?

Can anyone tell me how aircraft such as jet fighters and stunt planes design the fuel tank vent system to prevent fuel leaking through the vents when performing aerobatics, 360 flips and complex ...
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How did ww1 pilots handle G-forces?

The wikipedia page on G-forces, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-force, lists that WW1 aircraft encountered 4.5-7g during dogfights. This made me wonder, how did pilots in the early days of aviation ...
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Could a fighter aircraft be operated indefinitely?

Is it possible for an air force to operate a fighter aircraft indefinitely? Suppose a country has some Mig-21s or Mirage-IIIs. Is it possible for them to operate those aircraft indefinitely by ...
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Why is the Su-27 so much larger than the MiG-29?

I was watching the following video of the Russian Knights and Swifts aerobatic teams flying together in formation. The contrast in the size of their airplanes is striking. ...
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Why do the engines of the PAK FA (Sukhoi T-50) seem not to be not aligned parallel to each other?

The nozzles of the Sukhoi T-50 seem to be aligned not perfectly parallel. However, it is not very pronounced. What may be the reasons for aligning the nozzles engines not perfectly parallel. Edit: ...
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What is this "flap-like" thing on the back of the F-15?

I saw an image of an F-15 landing. What is that flap-like thing in the top of the plane in this picture? I couldn't find it on any other pictures or drawings of this aircraft.
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Where do military aircraft carry flares?

Many sources on the internet say flares are carried in the fuselage, but do not specify the exact location of the compartment. Does anybody know exactly where they are stored?
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Why are the in-flight refueling probes of French-built fighter aircraft non-retractable?

French-built fighter aircraft seem to have in-flight refueling probes that are not retractable, as seen from the linked images below. What are the advantages of a non-retractable refueling probe that ...
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What is this "No Hand Hold" thing in the P-51 Mustang cockpit?

Does Anybody remember Combat Flight Simulator WW2 Europe Series ? In the P-51, there is a "something" with "No hand hold" text on top of it What is that ? Image source
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Can a F-35 shoot while hovering?

I know fictional aircraft are different than real ones but there is an F38 on Black Ops 2 (F35 based plane in 2025) http://callofduty.wikia.com/wiki/FA38 It appears in a mission like this ...
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How does the canard plan of the Dassault Rafale work?

I'm quite puzzled after seeing some videos of the Dassault Rafale. When pulling the stick, the canard plan should move as in this video (low speed, high angle of attack, stick pulled backward on ...
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Where was the J-20 design stolen from? [closed]

Lets clear the Question Detalis Once upon a time, I heard something like "China hacked X country and stole aircraft designs" and rest of the news were about an newer Chinese jet Now, It looks somewhat ...
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Was the F-4 Phantom the only fighter to be in service for the US Navy, Air Force and Marines?

As is stated here: Furthermore, the F-4 came in both ground- and carrier-based models and served in the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines. The only other frontline fighter to serve in all three ...
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What is the stall speed for the Dassault Rafale?

Looking at this video of a Rafale escorting a high-speed train (TGV) I was wondering what the stall speed for the Rafale is at close to sea level altitude. Is this ...
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Which supersonic airplanes use Pitot Air intakes?

Which supersonic (fighter) airplanes use the simple Pitot Air Intakes / Normal Shock Inlets? Two examples already seen here on Aviation.SE (one and two) are Dassasult Rafale ($Ma \leq 1.8$) Image ...
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Why was the experimental MiG 1.44 so similar to the experimental TKF-90?

Why was the MiG 1.44 so similar to the MBB TKF-90? (for some information on the TKF-90 you have to scroll down this question, it is the only one source I knew about this particular plane) Here is the ...
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What would escorting an airliner which is the subject of a security threat by fighter jets achieve? [duplicate]

Today, a Ryanair flight from Lithuania to London Luton was the subject of a presumed hoax, and had some form of security alert. In the incident, it was diverted to Stansted, while being escorted by ...
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Can an airliner land safely using only propulsion control?

In this amazing story ,after losing all hydraulic power of the aircraft , Captain Al Haynes guided the plane to the Sioux city, crashed but saved 185 of the 296 lives (United Airlines Flight 232-Sioux ...
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What are the criteria for classifying which generation a fighter aircraft belongs to?

Current jet fighters have been classified as 4th generation, 4++ generation, and so on, with 5th generation being the latest, i.e F- 22. What is the criteria for such segregation? B-2 is a stealth ...
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In Polikarpov I-153, Were the gulled wings very important?

Lets look to the I153 It looks like it was made in order to make space for pilot to see its front just like here But What about in the aerodynamics study ? Are Gulled wing design very important ...
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Is delta wing design on a fighter a compromise? [duplicate]

I apologize for not providing a reference, but I recall reading a Russian designer, I think he had something to do with Mig-29, while talking about Mirage 2000, said that a delta wing is essentially a ...
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What is the guy in green showing to the F/A-18E pilot before catapult launch?

In the following frames, you can see a guy in green showing a panel-like device with numbers on it to the pilot of the Super-Hornet that is about to launch from the carrier USS John C. Stennis. What ...
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Where can I learn more about pilots' dreams during G-LOC? [closed]

I came across an extremely interesting note from a wiki article on G-LOC (g-force loss of consciousness, or blackout): Brief but vivid dreams have been reported to follow G-LOC. Sadly no citation. ...
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What is this "Micro T-tail" on the F-102?

I just noticed this unusual thing on the F-102 Delta Dagger. It looks like a micro T-tail. What is it actually, and what is its purpose?

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