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A fighter is an aircraft designed primarily for aerial combat.

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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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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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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 data did the earliest HUDs display (for fighter jets)?

Ideally I'm looking for a screenshot with a bullet list of data. I started my search at the obvious encyclopedic site and was surprised to learn that the earliest HUDs (on fighter jets) go all the way ...
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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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Are strategic bombers still useful, or are fighters taking over this role?

During the mid 20th century and cold war, armies were having clear distinction between those aircraft designed as strategic bombers and those designed to be fighters for aerial combat. My ...
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Was any Russian design feature incorporated in modern US fighters jets or vice-versa?

US has bought or sourced many Russian fighter jets. Was any Russian design feature incorporated in modern US fighters jets or vice-versa?
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How do most fighters slow down after landing?

I understand that many fighters use drogue parachutes and wheel brakes. But aren't there other methods of slowing down after touchdown?
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Why do winglets reduce maneuverability (of fighter jets)?

In this answer Ethan makes the following statement concerning winglets on fighter jets: [Winglets] reduce maneuverability which is why you don't see a winglet on a fighter jet I could image that ...
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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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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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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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Do fighter jets have a traditional inverted fuel system?

Common solutions for aerobatic piston singles is to have either header tanks (for wing tanks, as I understand it) or flop tubes (for fuselage tanks). Do fuel systems in a fighter jet work on the same ...
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How is airbrake function performed on the Dassault Rafale?

At the end of airshow display (just before landing), the dassault rafale seems to slow down very quickly as it reach the top a final loop. It seems as if the pilot apply full airbrakes, but it seems ...
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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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What is this aircraft and the Air Force it belongs to?

Hi, Could someone identify the fighter jet type and the Air Force it operates in? Thanks
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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How do weapon pylons attach to a fighter's wings?

How do weapon pylons attach to a fighter's wings? I'm particularly interested in the inner structure.
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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 is this hole on the F-22 Raptor?

I noticed this little hole that is right in front of the cockpit window of the F-22 Raptor. In some photos, it seems to be closed, while in other photos, it's open. Does anyone know (or think they ...
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What additional functionality is provided by the F-14 nose pitot, absent in early models?

Early model F-14A had no nose pitot: ... but they seem to have quickly acquired them sometime in the late 1970s. The Iranian F-14s have them, and it's quite hard to find a picture of an F-14 without ...
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Why is this missile positioned in this odd position? How can it be launched correctly?

How this missile is positioned here in this odd position? How this can be launched right from this jet?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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Can a bird strike destroy the stealth capability of F-35?

There is a video according to which a F-35 aircraft has been struck by a bird in Israel. This, allegedly, disabled its stealth capability. More than a year earlier, two storks allegedly damaged ...
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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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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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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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The Mig 21 and the Mirage III have been criticized for lack of range, is this a limitation of the wing configuration?

Mig 21 Range: 1,470 km (910 mi; 790 nmi) at 10,000 m (32,800 ft) with 2 × K-13A missiles and 800 l (180 imp gal; 210 US gal) (Wikipeda) J-7 Combat radius: 850 km (459 nmi, 528 mi) (air superiority, ...
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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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What are these protruding elements from SU-27's tail?

I recently saw in person SU-27 belonging to the Ukrainian Air Force. I spotted some protruding elements from its tail and I'm wondering what are they called and what do they do?
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Is it true the F-16 has never lost a dogfight?

(Source) I have heard the F-16 has never lost an air-to-air dogfight - is this true?
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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 is the front glass in fighter planes called?

What is the front glass in fighter planes called? I mean the one which had the reticle marked in them not the canopy glass. Cockpit part on google doesn't seem to tell what I want to know. Are there ...