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Image recognition in air to air missiles

Given advancements in machine vision, what issues would there be if air to air missile guidance used image recognition (at least in the terminal phase) to defeat flares and chaff?
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Why do stealth aircraft generally lose in maneuverability?

Whilst stealthy built aircraft have (or claim to have) many anti-detection systems, they seem to have to compromise on less maneuverability features, and even have to keep their missiles inside, not ...
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Need help identifying an airfield

I'm guessing Russian or Ukraine. It is VERY similar to Soltsy, but that is not it.
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Why military parachute backpack stays with the aircraft?

As seen on this youtube video where military personnel jumps while the backpack stays attached to the aircraft, why is that? what is the purpose of it compared to the other non military skydiving ...
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Why aren’t there Seaplane AWACS?

Why are there no seaplane AWACS? AWACS aircraft are excellent force multipliers, with their detection and networking capabilities. Due to their altitude, they can allow a naval force to “see” beyond ...
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What is the meaning of "Docile pitch behavior" in the context of Pugachev's Cobra?

In another answer on SE Aviation it is mentioned that the ability to perform Pugachev's Cobra in a non-thrust-vectored aircraft needs "docile pitch behavior of the airframe up to approx. 110° angle ...
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Why use the F-35

The F-35B has been troubled by "problems with its stealth coating, sustained supersonic flight, helmet-mounted display, excessive vibration from its cannon, and even vulnerability to being hit by ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Can an F-16 perform Pugachev's Cobra?

I know that the F-16 VISTA tech demonstrator incorporated 2D thrust vectoring and could perform this maneuver. I also know that military variants of the F-16 are prevented from intentionally entering ...
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Does the routine flown by the Thunderbirds in the F-16 feature true sustained knife-edge flight?

Does any aerobatic routine flown by the USAF Thunderbirds in the F-16 feature true sustained knife-edge flight? By "true sustained knife edge flight" we mean that the aircraft is maintaining ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there a name for aircraft weapon load photos?

I remember as a kid I had a couple of books full of spec sheets and big glossy photos of military planes with every standard piece of weaponry laid out in front of them, something like this (c/o Tech ...
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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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What are these engineers doing sitting on a large format drawing of B-47s aircraft?

This answer about solid-jet-assisted takeoff links to the page B-47 Jet-Assisted Take Off (JATO). An image there took me to a collection of historical aviation images, apparently from a LIFE Magazine ...
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Why does the US use two types of aerial refueling?

There are two main types of aerial refueling, the boom and the drogue. The US uses both, while most other countries use just the drogue. How are they different and why does the US use both?
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What is the ultraviolet signature, if any, of aircraft and jet engines?

The Wikipedia article on the FIM-92 B variant of the Stinger Missile says: In this version, the infrared seeker head was replaced by a combined IR/UV seeker that utilized rosette scanning. This ...
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What is the exact blue-green color that used to be popular in cockpits of Russian fighters

Does anybody know the exact name of the color that was used to paint all Cold War era Soviet fighter cockpits? It’s a blue green color but I’d like to get the exact color as I’m currently building a ...
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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 do aircraft (namely military) need/use formation lights?

Why are formation lights used,and why are they largely/always used only on military aircraft and not civilian?
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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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Were there any planes used in WWII that were able to shoot their own tail?

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, there's a scene where Indiana is piloting a plane and his father is acting as gunner. While shooting at incoming enemy planes, he accidentally shoots his own ...
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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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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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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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Why was the engine of the Ju-87 Stuka not replaced with a more powerful one?

Related to this question Why did the Ju-87 Stuka have a siren? I would like to know the reasons why they have not changed the engine of the Stuka when they realised it was easy prey for Hurricanes ...
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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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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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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 do most military multi function displays use CRT or LCD instead of something like OLED

As I understand most screens for military MFDs utilize LCD screens or used to use CRT screens. OLED however has some advantages over LCDs especially in terms of weight and space. They're generally ...
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What capabilities have been lost with the retirement of the F-14?

As in the title. Ideally, I am looking for a study in the public domain that would summarize the US Navy's loss of capabilities with the disappearance of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat. I will also accept an ...
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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 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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Was differential thrust used in the P-38 to improve turn performance?

In the P-38 Lightning could differential thrust be used to improve turn performance ? If so what was the procedure ?
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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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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 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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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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