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A fighter is an aircraft designed primarily for aerial combat.

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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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Would an Aero L-159 Alca air frame be able to withstand a supersonic engine?

Aero L-159 uses a Honeywell F124-GA-100 turbofan engine. First question is, can it be fitted with any modern supersonic jet engine? If YES, why isn't Aerovodocody doing that? If NO, why?
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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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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 doesn't F-15 have a protruded cone at its rear like what the Su-35 has?

Why doesn't F-15 have a protruded cone-like structure at its rear like what the Su-35 has? Left one is Su-35. Right one is F-15. This is Radar Warning Receiver. Where is F-15's RWR?
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Why are these carrier aircraft landing with the canopy open?

I was reading this answer here Aviation.SE, which includes the following video of multiple F7U-3 Cutlasses landing aboard the USS Hancock in 1955 (warning, video includes footage of a fatal rampstrike)...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Are the guns on a fighter jet fixed or can they be aimed?

Are the (built-in) guns on fighter jets fixed, or can they be elevated up and down or panned right and left for aiming? In other words are fighter jet guns aimed by pointing the whole aircraft at the ...
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Why are civilians not allowed to fly demilitarized US fighter jets?

I have seen it is possible to fly demilitarized Russian fighter jets in the US. Why is it impossible to fly American demilitarized fighter jets?
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Why was the Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut never adopted for service?

This is a rather long question, since I try to cover the historical background which might not be widely known. If familiar with it, you can skip to the "highlighted sections". As part of the ...
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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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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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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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How long can an F-16 stay supersonic?

I've been wondering for awhile to myself, how long can one stay supersonic? How long before one ran out of fuel? What would the issues of staying supersonic be (aside from control)?
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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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Why is there a white line on Russian fighter jets' instrument panel?

In several Russian fighter jets (e.g., MiG-29, Su-27) there is a white line on the stick that matches with another one on the instrument panel. Is there any reason for this? Cockpit of a mig29 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the maximum height of USAF fighter pilot?

In response to this comment: Three days later I happened to meet a commercial pilot at school who has flown F4s during Vietnam. He gave me the worst news of my life. My 6'3" ass was too tall to ...
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Can jet fighters be made to be 2 or 3 times bigger than they are today?

I was watching videos on the Su-27 again, and this fighter appears to be a heavy version of jet fighters, which means it has longer range and can carry more weight. This got me thinking on what is ...
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Unarmed F-16 -- why would it happen? [closed]

As is documented here among other places, a couple of the interceptors sent after United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 were scrambled so hastily they did not have time for the ordies to visit and ...
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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 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 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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Do fighters or bombers ever ditch their weapons?

I was just reading about the reasons why commercial aircraft will sometimes need to dump (or otherwise consume) their extra fuel. Things like decreasing landing weight, speed, reducing fire risk, etc. ...
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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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How were fighter jets built in the 1950's?

As far as I know, jets did not see mass production across the world until the 1950's. So I'm interested in how they were built in that time. How many different types of factories were needed? How did ...
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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 do naval jet aircraft need to have strengthened undercarriages?

I've read several times that the navy versions of jet aircraft need to have a strengthened undercarriage. Here is one example, and another. I've always just automatically assumed this was needed ...
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Was there a design flaw in the fuel tanks of the MiG-15/17/19/21?

Wikipedia article on MiG-15: Another major design deficit was that the tank could develop under-pressure if more than half the fuel had been used, which could easily lead to tank implosions, ...
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Why do the MiG-15 and MiG-17 have a split air intake in their noses?

MiG-15 and MiG-17 both have a split air intake in their nose. However, they have only one jet engine. So why is the air intake split? Wouldn't it be a lot less drag to just let the intake flow ...
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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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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 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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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 are these thermal spots on this infrared image of an F-16?

In this question, Hephaestus Aetnaean posted the following cool movie: which showed the following still: As indicated by the red circles (the yellow marking can be ...
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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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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 do many fighter jets have double vertical stabilizers?

Many fighter jets have double vertical stabilizers, e.g. F-14, F-15, F/A-18, F-22: On the contrary, most general aviation planes and commercial airliners do not. While there are certainly exceptions ...
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Do jet fighters have air conditioning systems?

In most jet fighters, the cockpit is a glass dome and the pilots are exposed directly to the sun. In addition, they are wearing flight suits and full face helmets (most of the time). I can only ...
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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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