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A fighter is an aircraft designed primarily for aerial combat.

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Reason for limited engine fuselage on Sukhoi fighter aircraft? [closed]

To my amateur eye, there appears to be limited fuselage on the engines for Sukhoi fighters from Su-27 on. That is, the fuselage follows the curvature of the engines closely and there is a definite ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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What is this feature on a Sukhoi Su-27? [duplicate]

Most but not all Russian Su-27's (and variants like the Su-30, -32, -33) have a device that looks like a headlight in front of the cockpit. What is it?
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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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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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Does the F-4E Phantom II have a weather radar?

Here's the cockpit of the F-4E: The Main Panel NO7 says "Radar Scope" and when you put your mouse cursor on that "magician globe", the X-Plane 8.15 tooltip says "Weather Radar". So, what is that ...
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Why mount multiple autocannons on a fighter or CAS aircraft as opposed to a revolving barrel auto-cannon with a higher rate of fire?

Why would one design an aircraft with multiple chain guns instead of a single large rotary cannon, like the GAU-8 Avenger, and similar weapons?
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Do F-4 Phantom II pilots actually fold the wings?

In flight simulator X-Plane 8.15, the F-4 Phantom 2 can fold the tip of its wings (well, variable sweep). Is that useful? Why would a pilot fold the wing? To reduce lift for short landing?
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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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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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What is the 0-60mph time of an aircraft carrier catapult?

Tesla's new Roadster is giving a 0-60mph time of 1.9 seconds. Truly ludicrous acceleration. I was wondering how a fighter jet released from a steam catapult compares.
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Why F4 Phantom II didn't have an cannon? [duplicate]

Question is simple but seriously ? Who would design a FIGHTER bomber without an cannon ? What was the crazy reason they didn't added an cannon to it ? (Also My CPU is Athlon X2 II 250.... If only I ...
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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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Why would a country prefer to purchase Su-35 rather than Su-30MK? [closed]

Given that the Su-35 is merely an upgrade from the Su-27, why is Indonesia purchasing Su-35?
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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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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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Would it be feasible to build a jet fighter plane based on a wooden construction?

I read about the de Havilland Mosquito recently and that it was a quite successful British bomber in WW2 due its lightweight wooden construction. As far as I understand it, usual planes at that time ...
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How does a jet fighter with water-skis land safely?

I just read about the Convair F2Y on the obvious encyclopedic site. It's a delta wing jet fighter from the 1950's, with hydroskis so it can take off and land on water. Can such a landing be made ...
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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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Were WW2 American fighters designed to operate from dirt airstrips?

Fighter or fighter-bomber planes built in America during WW2, such as the P-36, P-39, P-47, P-51. Were these designed to takeoff and land on dirt airstrips? My impression, and correct me if I'm wrong,...
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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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Are there any methods to predict the location of a jet aircraft from its sound?

At times there are military fighter aircraft flying overhead of my location (MiG-21Bis and Su-30MKI). The first indication of their presence being the sound, that obviously causes one to look up to ...
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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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Do military jets' radar jammers block their own radar? And, if not, why not?

Will a noise jammer block the fighter's own radar? If I have understood it, a noise jammer, e.g., a barrage jammer, will emit a noise signal across a wide frequency band. Won't this make it hard to ...
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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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Are there limitations in US legislation on a US citizen to own a MiG-15 in Europe?

If US citizen buys cold war era MiG-15 jet fighter aircraft, which: - had been acquired from the museum (facility of the Ministry of Defense one of the European Union countries, member of NATO) by ...
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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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Would climbing onto fighters placed on display cause damage?

The question is about any more or less modern plane similar to Su-27 in its fuselage design. It's not uncommon to install retired planes as monuments. Here's one example in Eastern Europe (image from ...
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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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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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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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Why does it take so long to develop modern military jets?

In the 1960's, it took three years to produce a flying prototype of an aircraft that flew faster than anything before, was built out of a novel construction material, used a new type of fuel, and was ...
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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 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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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 was the first fighter jet that utilised thrust vectoring nozzles?

What is the first fighter jet that utilised thrust vectoring nozzles?
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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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Why do some fighters have two engines?

Some countries (e.g. Russia) develop fighter aircraft (e.g. Sukhoi) with 2 engines. Is it for maneuverability, or is it because they can't build an engine that would meet the power requirement?
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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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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 does a jet fighter landing flare compare to a civilian plane?

How does a jet fighter flare compare to a civilian plane? How low before flaring? Do pilot keep track of pitch or AoA to know how much should be flared? Is flare at last moment like in airliners, so ...

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