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A fighter is an aircraft designed primarily for aerial combat.

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What are the advantages/disadvantages of in-fuselage engines (eg most fighter jets) vs wing/fuselage mounted engines?

Most modern jet fighter designs incorporate their engine(s) within the fuselage, while most other medium/large aircraft mount them either under the wings or on the rear fuselage. What are the ...
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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 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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Do fly-by-wire fighter aircraft automatically reverse the direction of control surface deflections during a tailslide?

During a tailslide (a flight regime where the relative airflow over the aircraft is from the tail towards the nose; i.e., an attack angle between 90º and 270º; i.e., the airplane is moving tail-first),...
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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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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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What was the yearly number of MiG-15's produced?

Wikipedia's article on the MiG-15 only states a basic number of 12,000 produced natively, with up to 6,000 more produced in other countries. But it does not list any years for this. When did mass-...
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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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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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If the EPU (Emergency Power Unit) on a modern fighter jet fails, will the aircraft drop out of the sky?

If the EPU (Emergency Power Unit) and batteries plus engines fail on a modern fighter aircraft, basically they will fall out of the sky, there is no dead stick landing - is this correct?
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Can anyone identify this jet?

I took the picture in 2011 at McCarran.
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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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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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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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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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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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What was the average duration of a Me-262 combat mission during WWII?

Me 262 in 1945 Maximum speed: 900 km/h Range: 1,050 km Service ceiling: 11,450 m Rate of climb: 20 m/s at max weight of 7,130 kg Thrust/weight: 0.28 Could a Me-262 fight for (1050 km) / (900 km/...
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Do afterburners use excessive amounts of fuel?

The purpose of an afterburner is to provide additional thrust, and it is obvious that more fuel is needed for that. But that is to be expected independent of an afterburner. That more thrust needs ...
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What is the vocabulary used by fighter pilots used to communicate?

As far as I understand, fighter pilots or more general military aircrews will use a dedicated phraseology to communicate with each other, which is different to communicating to ATC. Is this ...
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What happened with the YF-16 prototypes?

What happened with the original two prototypes of the YF-16 that were ordered during the Lightweight Fighter Program? Were they converted into combat-capable F-16's?
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What do those writings mean that are on the landing gear doors?

I've been watching carrier videos a lot these days and I notice these writings. What do these writings means? I didn't upload all of them, most of the time there are location names and sometimes ...
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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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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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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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What are the requirements for foreigners to join the RAAF as a fighter pilot?

What are the requirements for a foreigner (personally I'm from Cyprus) to join the Royal Australian Air Force to become a fighter pilot?
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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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What is the first fighter jet which was built with twin engine and tail configuration?

What is the very first fighter jet that pioneers the twin engine and twin vertical stabilizers over the engine just before the exhaust (like the F-14, F-15, F-22, Su-35, etc)?
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Are modern fighter jets bulletproof and armored?

Are modern fighter jets bulletproof and armored? One would not be wrong given part of their operations is being on the receiving end of enemy ammunition shooting at them.
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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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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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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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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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What is the difference in VTOL technology between British Aerospace Harrier II and F-35B?

F-35B safer and looks more stable in terms of VTOL capability. What is the basic difference between Harrier II and F-35B's VTOL technology?
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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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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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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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Why do all fifth generation fighters (J20, F22, SU57) put their wing above the fuselage?

I heard that upper wing could increase stability, but why do fighters need it? Or are there some other reasons? Please specify.
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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 all fifth generation fighters (J20, F22, SU57) use Trapezoid wings?

It seems that trapezoid wings are used by all fifth generation fighters (although the wing of J20 looks quite like delta wing), but why? What made a trapezoid wing so attractive? Why don't they use ...
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Does the P&W F100 turbofan engine of the F-16 really produce this much power?

I've been trying to calculate the power a P&W F100 engine on a F-16 is producing using some of the available data on thrust and velocity and I ended up with a number that I want to confirm. Here's ...
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Why is YF22 designed with conventional rudders while YF23 with all-moving rudders?

Are all-moving rudders more stealthy? If so, how come YF22 which is just as fixated with rear body stealthiness as the YF23 comes with conventional ones? Also, all-moving rudders have fixed camber, ...
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Why is the detcord on canopies wavy?

We know that the wavy lines on the canopy are detcord, to shatter the glass in case of ejection. Why are they wavy?
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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 improvement was made in Su-35 over Su-30?

What improvement was made in Su-35 over Su-30?
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Can the HAL Lca Tejas perform Pugachev's Cobra maneuver?

Can any variant of the HAL Lca Tejas (either the naval variant, the mark 1, mark 2 or later) perform Pugachev's Cobra? If not, why?
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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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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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Is it possible to use variable wing geometry on a fifth generation stealth fighter?

Is there any effect on the stealth features due to variable wing geometry? If not, why have such aircraft not been designed till now? Please explain the limitations using any structural principles if ...
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What are these strips on HAL Tejas?

What are these strips on and below the tail of this HAL Tejas?
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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 ...