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Factors to be considered when re-engining aircraft

What parts of the aircraft need to be adjusted / refitted / added when fitting new (different type) of engines? Also what what kind of re-certification regarding airworthiness etc. will be necessary?
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What is this helicopter type at a U.S. military base?

This helicopter is on a US military base, shown by Google Maps. I don't recognize the glass windows at the front top.
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Did the X-15 ever conduct a point-to-point flight?

The North American X-15 rocketplane flew at up to Mach 7 and at very high altitudes, it was also capable of spaceflight but these were quite steep parabolic patterns. At Mach 7 it flew leveled and my ...
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Isn't it dangerous for a soldier to sit on the outside of a flying helicopter?

AH-64 during an extraction exercise at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo in 2007 with a soldier on the avionics bay. I lit upon this image on Wikipedia. I see that the soldier is harnessed fastened to the ...
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How do missiles steer (mainly air to surface)?

How do missiles steer in the air? What techniques do they use?
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Why are the guns on the AC-130 not mounted on the underside of the aircraft?

Why must the guns of the AC-130 be on the side forcing the plane to circle the target. Would it not be more practical to have the guns underneath the plane shooting downwards?
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What were the common crew ranks on WWII US Navy flying boats and bombers?

I have been trying to figure this out for some time, but have not had much luck elsewhere. I have found info on USAAF bombers, and what ranks the crewmembers often had, but nothing for larger navy ...
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how can i help the air force at this age if I'm only 13 years old? [closed]

I'm young, 13 to be exact. I'm not old enough to join and I really want to help the brave men and women in the skies.How can I help the air force at this age?
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Why max thrust without afterburner is called military power? [duplicate]

The jets before the merge starts with military power, which means max thrust before ab.Why named that way?
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Could a supersonic fighter upset or damage a 757 by close flight?

In another thread, we are discussing the events of 9/11/2001, and what options an F-16 pilot would have, if it became sadly necessary to force a 757 to crash. It is presumed the F-16 does not have ...
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What do pilots landing on aircraft carriers do when the ship is not visible due to weather?

Say an aircraft takes off of a carrier to do a mission somewhere, and upon returning to the carrier the pilot comes to find that a thick layer of fog has formed just above the surface of the water in ...
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Do nose cones work well at high angles of attack?

On a lot of fighter jets, I see a heavily slanted intake, such as the F-15. I always thought this is to help ingest air at high angles of attack. However, what about something like the MiG-21? There'...
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The F-16s that were scrambled to intercept United 93 did not have time to arm the jets, so the pilots were going to “ram it” how does that work?

The Wikipedia page says Two F-16 fighter pilots from the 121st Fighter Squadron of the D.C. Air National Guard, Marc Sasseville and Heather "Lucky" Penney, were scrambled and ordered to ...
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What is this military turboprop aircraft?

I took a video of this military turboprop aircraft on August 6, 2020 at 7:03 PM in Long Beach, California. Here is a screenshot of it:
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What is a “Standard visual inspection”?

Passengers injured as US fighter jet comes close to Iranian plane The Iranian plane, belonging to Mahan Air, was heading from Tehran to Beirut on Thursday when the pilot staged a safety manoeuver, in ...
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What is this “Supersonic French” aircraft?

To celebrate Bastille Day, Ubisoft released the below (2D) in-game charm for their game, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. Despite frantic searching on Wikipedia, I cannot for the life of me figure out ...
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CH-37 Mojave Helicopter decibels

What was the decibels level for the Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave Helicopter? 1956 --1959. I need this information for the VA, to process my hearing claim. I was a crew chief in the Army.
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Ventral masts- what are they?

I have kids working on a model of a Boulton Paul Defiant, a WWII-era fighter plane. When we found images of this plane, it shows two rods sticking vertically down from the belly of the plane. Some of ...
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What is the helicopter in the background of this image of the V-22 Osprey?

I found a photo of a V-22 Osprey alongside an unknown helicopter on the left corner:
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What were those two military helicopters that I recorded?

I have recently recorded two military helicopters. Here is a screenshot of it:
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Is it possible for Mig 21 at corner speed to extend the flaps to minimize the turn radius? Or this is not an option?

The corner speed is around 330knots if you want to turn better than the enemy is possible to lower the flaps?
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Did the Mig 21 have differential stabilators to help the ailerons?

The MiG 21 had all-moving tailplanes or stabilators. When rolling, did one stabilator pitch up and the other down to act as secondary ailerons and help the main ones on the wing?
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Why are the wingtips of the Fairchild-Republic A-10 bent downward? [duplicate]

Why are the wingtips of the Fairchild-Republic A-10 bent downwards?It is subsonic aircraft .
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Why haven't we seen virtual reality jet piloting system yet? [closed]

Swedish technology aims to allow truck drivers to work from home. Why haven't we seen virtual reality jet piloting system yet? What are the barriers to the introduction of such technology?
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Does the payload of an ICBM or regular airplane bomber explode if the ICBM or bomber is shot down?

As the top says, does the payload of an ICBM or regular airplane bomber (please excuse my ignorance) explode if the ICBM or bomber is shot down? So, say a defense laser in space (yes, I know; this is ...
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Why does Pakistan continue to use F-16s?

Why does Pakistan continue to use F-16s even though they have their own JF-17s? What features do Pakistani F-16s have which their JF-17s don't?
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How to join Air Force Reserve with minor injuries that would interfere with Basic Training? [closed]

Is it possible to get waivers on fitness part of the Basic Training for joining to Air Force Reserve? If not, is there a way to join Air Force Reserves without Basic Training? Are there alternative ...
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Is the war pilot obligated to fly the same plane daily or must he change the plane according to every required mission? [closed]

Can the pilot change his plane, or can he fly in any plane, obediently, to the same plane as the one trained on it?
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What is the typical pilot to aircraft ratio in military squadrons?

On aviation.SE, we already find this question addressing the pilot to aircraft ratio in airlines. It states that typical big airlines have roughly between 15 and 20 pilots per aircraft. Military ...
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What is this long Bar/Rod on the Boeing MH-47G? [duplicate]

This MH-47G has a thick, long rod at the bottom left front. What's the purpose of this thing?
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How would fighter jets make contact with a previously hijacked aircraft?

For example, a plane is hijacked but civilians regain control, they know how to change the plane's frequency but no procdeures - i.e. dont know guard frequencies. There are fighter jets alongside who ...
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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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Which connector and cables are recommended for CAN?

Which mechanical connector(s) and cable(s) is/are recommended to arrange a Controller Area Network (CAN) bus communication or its aerospace counterpart ARINC 826 in the aerospace industry (civil & ...
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Why does the P-3 Orion use an engine driven compressor instead of bleed air for pressurization?

In another question, an answer mentions that the P-3 Orion uses a gearbox driven compressor for cabin pressurization, even though the aircraft uses T-56 turbine engines that supply bleed air in other ...
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What are these beams sticking out of the Su-17's nose?

As visible in the image above, there are these 2 beams sticking out of the Su-17's nose. One is longer and one is shorter. What are the purpose of these beams and exactly what do they do?
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Why would a foreign military aircraft be parked at a US Air Force base?

The aircraft in the attached Google Earth screenshot appears to be a Eurofighter Typhoon, parked all alone on the tarmac at Eglin AFB, Florida. Why would one single foreign fighter like this be found ...
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Why would an F16 battery make a buzzing sound?

According to this YouTube Video I heard the mechanism that moved the canopy, and then I heard a small buzzing sound. The video description says that it is spooling something, but I don't know what ...
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I just watched at least 20 airplanes flying northeast over Washington, DC every 15-20 seconds, what were they?

I just watched at least 20 airplanes flying northeast every 15-20 seconds over Washington, DC. They must have been military aircraft since flying very high. I just saw their lights (not blinking). ...
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Is there a minimum speed requirement for military transport aircraft?

I understand and military cargo/soldier transport aircraft are not as agile and fast as fighter jets, but I was wondering whether one had a minimum speed requirement to be able to become a 'military ...
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What is the biggest military aircraft? [closed]

I was just informed that the world's biggest aircraft was the Antonov An-225, and huge airplane. That being said, I was curious what the world's biggest military aircraft was. Are there limitations ...
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Which 2-seat 4th generation fighter/engine/configuration (de-militarized) would the best supersonic long-range civilian private transport?

Seeing recently -with some surprise- that former military jets of fairly recent vintage can be bought e.g. here and operated by (skilled+licensed²+rich³) private individuals after all classified/...
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Was the March 2019 Rafale jet ejection incident investigated?

This is one of the wildest stories I’ve ever heard of. Then again, this is CNN’s disaster-a-minute-for-ratings kind of reporting. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/france-fighter-jet-ejection-scli-...
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For aircraft with variable-sweep wings, how unstable is it to have each wing in a different position?

Wikipedia presents this photograph of an F-14 Tomcat, with one variable-sweep wing swept forward and the other back: I was surprised to see that this configuration was possible; much less feasible or ...
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What are the pros and cons of high service ceilings for fighter jets?

What are the pros and cons of high service ceilings for fighter jets? Can they bypass radars and attack effectively at high ceilings?
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Military paintjobs matte for airshow also?

Combat aircraft are painted in a matte paint to prevent them from reflecting moon/sunlight too much. But what about liveries used for airshows? Those colorful paintjobs, are they also always matte, ...
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Unusual Traffic Ene 68 degrees over Dorset United Kingdom - No strobes, green or red just solid white lights

I have spotted a line of traffic 1 minute apart, at least 12 objects, with 3 objects to the left and right of the main line of traffic. Clear night, no pollution, no noise, whit solid lights only. I ...
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What is (or was) the “international frequency”?

I have recently read a book about Douglas BADER. This pilot has lost his legs (because of accident in 1931) but after (thanks to his single-mindedness) he takes up the "broomstick" again and became a ...
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What advantage does Kawasaki C-2 have with a twin-engine configuration as compared to its competitors like An-70 or A-400?

While reading about various military transports, I came across the specs of Kawasaki C-2 and a few questions popped up. So please bear with me here if I list them all together as points, I hope ...
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Why can military aircraft descend below the DA / MDA during an instrument approach?

According to §91.175(c) Except as provided §91.176 of this chapter, where a DA/DH or MDA is applicable, no pilot may operate an aircraft, except a military aircraft of the United States, below the ...
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Procedure for simulating nonlinear flight dynamics

I am trying to simulate F/A-18 Hornet on Simulink. So, here is how I have made the model: Firstly, the initial flight parameters(Alpha, beta, V(magnitude), rho) are being calculated based on the ...

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