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A fighter is an aircraft designed primarily for aerial combat.

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What was the first operational U.S. military jet fighter to fly at mach 2?

Was it the McDonnell Voodoo or the Lockheed F-104A?
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What is this three-bladed vintage aircraft?

We found this poster at IKEA, EDELVIK Poster 103.776.29. Allposters.com has another poster, which includes the same aircraft, but 2 in formation, possibly the same original photo/artist?
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What are the "panels" on the wingtips of the Panavia Tornado?

I am wondering about the purpose of the panel marked with the number 156 in this picture: The same black panel can be seen on the wingtips here: And also here: What purpose does this panel serve? ...
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Do you ever get to practice ejecting out of a plane as a fighter pilot?

The military throws away a lot of equipment simply because it doesn't hold up to current standards. So I was wondering the following. As a fighter pilot, would you ever get a practice run ejecting ...
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What is the rescue arrow decal on a military jet pointing to?

I've noticed that a lot of military jets often have an arrow decal with the wording "RESCUE" pointing to a rectangle of some sort. I tried looking around for information about it but I could not find ...
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How to select a Lead In Fighter Trainer in the presence of both single engine and twin engine fighter jets? [closed]

A major part of fighter pilot training is learning the handling of the aircraft itself. On the other hand, automatic controls on modern fighter jets take away a lot of the pain and hassle. I am ...
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In a fighter jet, what is the average weight of the ejection system?

In the old days, pilots had only a parachute pack. (In the really old days they might not even have that.) They had to open the canopy manually and jump out. Today, fighter jets have zero-zero ...
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Can anybody confirm which aircraft is in this picture?

Image Source Does anyone know what airplane is shown in this picture? It looks like the Republic F-84, but I'm not sure because the front landing gear is under the nose on the F-84 and this one is ...
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Was there really a wide gap between the performance of the F-16 similar contestants in the Lightweight Fighter Contest?

Five manufacturers submitted proposals – Vought's V-1100, Lockheed's CL-1200 the Boeing Model 908 and the F-16 and F-17. The F-16 turned out to be an agile dogfighter with "superior acceleration, ...
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How do flares work?

How do fighter jet flares work? What is the concept behind them and how do they stop impending missiles during flight? And also how do pilots know when a good time to launch flares is?
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Why is the reheat exhaust flame of some fighter aircraft blue while for some it is orange?

Why is the afterburner flame of some fighter aircraft blue while for some it is orange?
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Why is the end of the F-35's jet nozzle 'spiky'?

Why is the end of the F-35's jet nozzle 'spiky', is it like that to increase performance or some other factor?
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What are the differences between the MiG 31 and MiG 25 (if any)?

What are the differences between the MiG 31 and MiG 25, they look exactly the same, their overall performance the same. Is it the roles they were built for are different?
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Would a gimbaled, always horizontal cockpit be beneficial to fighter jets?

Would it be possible to have a spherical cockpit that was gimbaled in jets such as fighters so the pilot was always upright. With all controls in the cockpit wirelessly communicating with the rest of ...
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What is the average speed used by modern jet fighters when in dogfight?

I am asking this question pertaining to a game I'm designing. It is well known that many modern jet fighter aircraft can fly at supersonic velocities however I read that this top speed is hardly ever ...
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How does the shift in aerodynamic center affect the performance of swing wing aircraft?

I am trying to understand how a variable sweep wing changes the aerodynamic center of a plane, and its effect on the plane's maneuverability. I also would like to know the importance of the pivot ...
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Why do the F-22 and F-35 look similar to each other and different from previous designs?

Is there a reason the F-22 and F-35 look very similar other than style, they look very different to F-16s so is there a conscious effort to make them look cool?
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Where do most fighter jets and combat aircraft mostly get shot? ex: body, wings, engine area etc

I'm wondering where fighter jets mostly get shot. I'm trying to design a plane that might help this issue if most planes get shot in the wings. If they get shot elsewhere I guess I'm going to have to ...
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Is the SEPECAT Jaguar's design aerodynamically inferior to more modern jets?

If we compare the SEPECAT Jaguar's design with the latest jet fighters, what aerodynamic shortcomings do we find in its design? (I'm only asking about aerodynamics, not AESA radars, electronics suites ...
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Can a missile be fired when a fighter jet is inverted?

Is there an attitude limit for firing a missile from a fighter jet? Can the pilots fire them when they're pulling Gs, or inverted?
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How did night fighter aircraft manage to shoot down their foes in World War II?

I know that those plane had radar to acquire an approximate location of the enemy, but how did they spot them after that? You need to be accurate when you try to shoot down an enemy plane, and ...
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Why did the early versions of the Me-109 use a braced stabilizer?

The Messerschmitt Bf-109 had struts holding the stabilizer in place up and including the E version. I marked it with a red circle in the picture below of the 109 E-3 of the Flying Heritage Collection. ...
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In a dogfight, can a pilot shoot down a parachute? [closed]

Forgive me if my question sounds more like a rule of engagement for aerial combat than aviation technique. I was wondering that is it ok, in a dogfight, for a victorious pilot to shoot a defeated ...
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Why are some aircraft finally announced to the public? [closed]

What is the reasoning for telling the public about an aircraft like the f-22 for example.source:(commons.wikimedia.org) Isn't the point of keeping an aircraft top secret so other countries won't know ...
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Why wasn't Avro Arrow program revived ever? [closed]

When Canadians realized that it was a mistake to abandon their jet fighter program, why didn't they revive it? Why wasn't Avro Arrow program revived ever?
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Why did the later versions of AeroVodocody L-39 Albatross find much market success? [closed]

The Aero L-39 Albatros had great success in the past. Why didn't the later versions of AeroVodocody L-39 Albatross find much marketing success in the post-cold war modern aircraft market, like ...
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Where do all the bullets end up? [closed]

When planes engage with guns, many of the shots are misses... what happens to the bullets? Do they kill people on the ground and damage facilities? Do we have any records of this happening?

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