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Why is the MIG-21 still used in several militaries even though it is so old?

I was looking through some of the cold was Era jet fighters and noticed that the Mig-21 that was made in the 50s is still in use in places like India and such and was wondering if anyone knows why ...
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Why does the USAF still use the C-17 Globemaster III?

The C-17 had to overcome flight-control problems, wings that were unable to carry their designed maximum load, automation growing pains, and a crew size reduced to just two pilots and a loadmaster so ...
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Why does F-18 have low wing sweep?

Compared to most other fighters, the f-18 has a low sweep angle on its wing; 20 degrees compared to the f-16s 40 degree sweep and f-15s 45 degree sweep. Additionally the wing has a relatively high ...
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Do the Aircade minigames enroll you into the US military(im from Romania and those minigames look interesting but no interest to enroll whatsoever [closed]

Mini games examples in photo(moderators this is not opinion based)
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What's the meaning of these jet fighter pilots gestures?

As per title, what's the meaning of the following gestures (if any)?
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Does the infinite focal point in a HUD resulting from the collimation mean the HUD is ALWAYS in focus for the pilot?

I've found lots of information regarding inifinite focus/projection, and collimation with HUDs. However, I am unable to get a definitive answer to this question. I understand that the HUD is in focus ...
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How did the engines on the ME-262 work? [duplicate]

I have been looking into the ME-262 jet engines recently but cannot quite understand how they worked and was wondering if anyone could explain it to me in a simplified way.
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Would a plane similar to a Lockheed Cl-1201 that is capable of deploying jets mid-air be practical in modern day military use?

In the late 1960s Lockheed was reportedly looking into making a massive nuclear-powered jet plane capable of staying in the air for around 41 days and also capable of carrying up to 22 fighter ...
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First airplane with software?

What is the first airplane equipped with software system? Any type of avionics with the computer code, probably the compiled file. I searched in Google, and it sounds like the F-8C Crusader jet ...
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Russian SU-57 vs US F-22s; who would win? [closed]

Let's say that Russia acquired a full squadron of SU-57s. Who would win? So they are flown by the same cloned person and have the same training. Both fighter squadrons have the exact same ground radar ...
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What was the Sperry "Follow Up and Comp. Mech. (Type K9)"

I found online a "Computing Gun-sight" used in WWII B-24 and B-26 bombers: Source Sperry Gyroscope Co., Brooklyn, NY, part # 655432: Source I have looked through the Sperry Corp. Archives ...
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Unusual pattern over English Channel

I have just spotted this Beechcraft flying an unusual pattern over the English Channel (late at night). It has no call sign etc. I'm thinking maybe a military aircraft looking for illegal migrant ...
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Why were the external stores pylons on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet canted outward?

It is very visible in the picture above that the external stores and pylons to mount them on F-18 Super Hornets are canted outward. I do not believe the legacy Hornets had their pylons mounted this ...
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What is the feasibility of using drones that can fly at 360kmh as anti aircraft?

What is the feasibility of using drones that can fly at 360kmh as anti aircraft? Linked under is a similar thread. However, with the prevalence of more advanced drones such as linked below wouldn't a ...
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What is this different airplane being flown in formation by the Red Arrows

I was in Lincoln, UK today and saw the Red Arrows practicing. After looking more closely at the photos I took, I see that one of the formation aircraft is different. What is this different aircraft? ...
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Can fighter jet weapons be fired by ground personnel?

Does it makes sense for fighter pilots to have a ground personnel be connected to the aircraft and be able to fire weapons to help/offload work specially on stressful/critical situations? (You know is ...
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Which WW1 plane is this?

I have another scanned negative from my collection (see my other post with Emil Werner). I just would like to know what kind of plane it is.
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Do military transport aircraft engines rely on the same supply chain as the civilian version?

I know that some military transport aircraft share the same engine as civilian aircraft, e.g., the TF39 used in C-5A was called CF6 in the civilian market. When the manufacturer makes the plane, do ...
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Would it be practical to have missiles that can aim forward and backwards?

I have been researching recent air-to-air combat kills in some recent wars and in every case it seemed that the pilot who was in the back won. So I was wondering why they don't just design a missile ...
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How do supersonic warplanes deal with birds?

The Ruppell's Vulture can reach 11 km and can weigh 9kg. The Kori bustard can weigh 18kg. Many warplanes must break the sound barrier within reach of birds, especially on terrain hugging or sea ...
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Help ID a WW1 Plane

I purchased a wooden box of glass and nitrate negatives at a flea market in Berlin Germany in 1995. There are about a dozen more in the lot with planes in them. This image has never been published to ...
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Why did the F-14 sweep wing control have a cover?

I learned from Top Gun maverick that the F-14 had what seemed to be a metal cover in front of the wing sweep adjustment cursor. Maverick modifies the sweep angle twice, and twice needs to first lift ...
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RB-77C Destroyer on March 10th, 1964 over Magdeburg

It is claimed that a spy plane with the registration RB-77C Destroyer was shot down near Magdeburg on 10 March 1964. Does anyone know anything about this?
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Why are there still fighter pilots in cockpits?

Way back in 2010, Elon Musk said, The fighter jet era has passed. And he seems to have a point. Although fully autonomous fighter planes are some way off (see above linked article), why doesn't ...
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Why wasn't the F-14 upgraded for an electronic warfare role after the Cold War?

The new DLC for VTOL VR got me thinking: why wasn't the F-14 Tomcat retrofitted for the electronic warfare (EW) role? The concept of electronic attack and defense was starting to rise to prominence ...
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What aircraft is this compass from?

I have come into possession of some of my grandfather's things including some aircraft parts that he had. He was a naval pilot who flew single-engine fighters in WW2 and then at some point ...
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What aircraft is this clock from?

I have come into possession of some of my grandfathers things including some aircraft parts that he had. He was a naval pilot who flew single engine fighters in WW2 and then at some point transitioned ...
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What are the "Aft Bobweights" for on a full power hydraulic aircraft?

I like military aircraft, and recently I've been researching the feel system for the control stick. It seems that there is something called bob weights to improve the feel of an aircraft. It's a ...
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What is the name of the area, controls and instruments where a loadmaster sits?

In a HLA (such as an Antonov, C5M, or C17 Globemaster III), what is the name of the area where the loadmaster sits? Also, what are the names of the controls and instruments that the loadmaster uses ...
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Why do you land a fighter jet with AOA Units?

I currently begann learning Falcon BMS and watched some fighter cockpit landings on YT and learned the technique to land a fighter is to use your AOA and not Airspeed like you would do it on a GA ...
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Six Propeller Engine Military-Type Aircraft at KPHX Sky Harbor

I was browsing the Google Maps 2023 image of the now-demolished Terminal 2 at Sky Harbor in Phoenix, Arizona. (See below.) I noted what appears to be a six-engine military transport aircraft parked ...
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Why don't modern military aircraft typically keep their guns covered?

Back in the 1940s, it was common to cover gun ports with tape. As well as improving streamlining, it would presumably help keep them clean. Spitfire Mk 1, with all eight .303 inch Browning machine ...
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Do fighter pilots have to manually input the ordnance they have loaded on the aircraft?

When ordinance is loaded onto a fighter or bomber, does the system automatically know what ordnance it has? Or does the pilot have to manually input for each pylon?
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For transporting 4000kg of cargo via Mi-17 helicopter for 54 km, how much maintenance cost per flight hour will be incurred?

In a disaster response case study, I am using Mi-17 helicopters for relief supplies transportation in a challenging logistics environment. Regarding this, I want to check my estimates with the actual ...
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How much fuel cost will be incurred for transporting 4000kg of cargo via Mi-17 helicopter for 54 km?

I am working on a logistics case study in which I am using Mi-17 helicopters for transportation of relief to the affected areas in a disaster. In this regard, I want to check my estimates with the ...
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Aside from simulated dogfights, do F-22 Raptors actively participate in live fire/target practice using live munitions?

I am aware that the F-22 was developed specifically for the air-to-air superiority role, although it has previously proven its worth for multi-role missions (in performing ground strike missions ...
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Do the military really use GA planes as target practice?

In the September issue of the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) magazine, someone wrote in to say that whilst flying their C42, two Typhoon fighter jets passed them (one either side) a ...
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Telling an unmanned aircraft from its flight path

I'm not a hardcore fan of aircraft - I just like to know what is flying overhead and why... Some days I hear this loud annoying droning sound coming from the sky - it's usually a military unmanned ...
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Seeking the memoir of a WWII Luftwaffe pilot

Around 40 years ago, or perhaps a little earlier (say around 1980), I read the memoir (or perhaps the biography) of a fighter or perhaps light-bomber pilot who flew for the Luftwaffe on the Russian ...
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Why no CFM-56 for the E3?

Why did the USAF not upgrade the E3 from TF33 engines to the CFM-56 like they did the KC135? From the Wikipedia page on the E3, the latter variants sold overseas had the CFM-56 from the factory and ...
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How Can I Know If An Airport/ Airfield Is Equipped To Operate During A Power Outage

My buddy was asked this by an IP. Is there a way to see in any publication that an airport is equipped to operate during a power outage? Or a way to see if a airfield has backup power?
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Where can I find crash information/reports based on the aircraft's Bureau Number?

I am writing a book about my military service. I was working the catapults as a final checker and the F-14 lost the shuttle and went into the sea. Both crew survived. This was with squadron VF-124 in ...
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Has putting car tires over wings ever been used to protect the aircraft from airborne attack?

Recently Ukrainian bloggers have published videos, where Russians have placed the car tires on the wings of they parked strategic bombers (Tu-95), most likely to provide some protection against drones ...
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Why is this plane indicating an altitude of 117,200 feet?

Looking at a plane tracker, I found something where the altitude is crazy high. Could it be a plane masking identity?
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How do engine doors work?

"Doors" here refers to something in or around the engine that can close or open, stopping or allowing the flow of air (or some other gas). I've heard of such things in a few engines. GE9X ...
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Why did the F-4 Phantom have quite so many stencilled messages?

Anyone who has built a model of a US Navy or Air Force F-4 Phantom will know the misery of attaching literally hundreds of tiny stencilled informational notices all over its body. Eduard 1:48 Tamiya ...
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accelerated turns in helicopter

In flight Manual of Russian Mi-17 helicopter, it is give that ”max bank permitted in accelerated turns is 45 deg up to 1km altitude”. At the same time it also mention max bank permitted is 30 deg up ...
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What are the problems Ukrainians have with F-16?

Ukraine say they will not be able to operate F-16 till the end of the year, even if they get them. The communication does not explain, why. It is anything known on what are exactly they problems? Is ...
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What is this thing sticking out under the F-22 Raptor's fuselage? [duplicate]

I was looking through some pictures I took of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor performing a demo flight at Oshkosh 2023 and I noticed this thing sticking out from the bottom of the Raptor's fuselage. ...
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Low and High G snapshot

I'm reading Fighter Combat: Tactics and Maneuvering by Robert L. Shaw and ran into this passage which I'm having trouble understanding. I was thinking maybe someone with experience would understand ...
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