Questions tagged [fighter]

A fighter is an aircraft designed primarily for aerial combat.

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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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Why is there such a low level of automation in the aerospace industry (compared to other industries such as automobile)?

I have been watching some episodes of the documentaries made by National Geographic lately and I have noticed something that I can't find an explanation for. In this episode of Megafactories - ...
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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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What exactly do fighter jets and its pilots do during their peace time sorties?

I am located very near to a base with a Sukhoi 30 squadron in India. The Indian Air Force jets keep doing these sorties every day and night. I have always wondered what exactly do these jets do during ...
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What are these on the F/A-18F's wingtips?

At 5:34, former TOPGUN instructor Cdr E. Vincent Aiello (the narrator) says Looks like you've got [I can't decipher] Xes. What words was he speaking? Is he identifying the missile-looking object ...
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Was any MiG-29 modernized to incorporate digital systems?

Did any air force using the MiG-29 ever modernize their aircraft so that they can fly on fully digital equipment such as the following? Digital HUD Digital fly-by-wire Digital navigation system ...
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Why is the nose cone of SU-34 white?

The title says it all. Can be clearly seen for example in this image: (image source: Wikimedia) The rest of the jet seems to have a camouflage.
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Aviation theory for fighter pilots

Background: I'm an 18-year-old Finn and so I'll be starting my military service next summer. I'm currently applying to the Air Force to become a fighter pilot, but I don't have any previous training ...
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I want to be a French fighter pilot. Any advice? [closed]

Hello everyone! I want to be a French fighter pilot and I would like some advice from retired fighter pilots about how you should do things if you were at the same age as you were when you entered ...
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Would one fighter pilot know that another's mask is not on?

I admit, this comes from the original “Independence Day” movie from 1996, but during the first dogfight scene one of the characters claims they can't breathe and takes their mask off. Another ...
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What is the relation between clouds and radar effectiveness?

Recently, India's prime minister Narendra Modi commented on how cloudy weather can help a fighter jet escape from radar. Is there any technical reasoning to back these comments? Here is the quote ...
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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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Is moving payload masses during flight to restore mass centering, or to avoid having to trim, a useful approach?

Note: Title was previously "Movable big missiles/bombs/tanks under fighter jets: conceivable?" Example: lateral weight distribution in fighters Fighter-bombers jets are small and lightweight in ...
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Why do some fighter jets have double wheels in the front gear whereas some other aircraft have a single wheel?

The Typhoon has a single wheel in the front gear, but the Rafale or Gripen have double wheels in the front gear. What is the reason for this difference?
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In an F-18, how do rudders deflect during cross winds and gusts? Can rudders be deflected by different angles?

Deflection of rudders can balance moment about the centre of gravity. I have thought of non-symmetric deflection of rudders so that net sideward force is create to balance the moment about the center ...
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Does the US export the Mark 77 aerial bomb? [closed]

The Mark 77 bomb used by US fighter aircraft detonates with an impressive array of inferno when dropped in a cluster which is often done at airshows. Questions Is the Mark 77 bomb solely used by ...
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What is better a La-5FN or a Yak-3? [closed]

I have read some about soviet fighters. According to many different sources and books, the Yak-3 and the La-5FN were the best soviet fighters of World War II. However there is little info on both, ...
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Is it possible for someone to buy a fighter jet? [duplicate]

Yesterday I came across a video of a person who purchased 3 Harriers ("Harrier Jump Jet"). This brought up the question of: assuming he/she has the capability of paying for the price, is it possible ...
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How does the maneuverability of the FJ-2 Fury and F-86 compare?

The North American FJ-2 Fury was the US Navy version of the F-86 Sabre jet. I want to know if G maneuver limits were in favor of the F-86 or the FJ-2 Fury.
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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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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 can the canard configuration increase the aircraft's maneuverability? [duplicate]

I know that in many of the fighter jets, there are canard configurations like in F16, SAAB Gripen etc and heard they increase the aircraft's maneuverability. Can anyone explains how a canard helps in ...
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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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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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How is the impact force on the landing gear distributed in fighters?

Upon landing, what percentage of weight is distributed on the main and the nose landing gears of fighters? Upon landing of a fighter aircraft, what would be the approximate time of transfer of the ...
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If the Meteor BVRAAM is the best AAM, and the APG-81 is the best radar for detecting aircraft, then why don't all fighter aircraft simply use these? [closed]

Why are some missiles incompatible with some aircraft? If fighter A has better radar and missiles than fighter B, then why isn't it possible to simply integrate the better radar and missiles into ...
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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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Does anyone know what plane this is? [closed]

I have looked at hundreds of photos on line but nothing that has the upswept wings and the downswept rear wings with just one tail. I'd like to see a picture so I can paint it properly - thanks
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How was this flight authorized?

In this clip, we see a fighter performing risky manoeuvres at very low altitude around a densely populated civilian area. What authorization would have been required for this and why would it be ...
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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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