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Is there a publicly available database of all military airports in Europe?

Does anyone know of a publicly available database that lists all military airports including location in Europe? https://ourairports.com/ seems to be limited on that end. Thank you!
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Do military pilots have a phrase like “aviate, navigate, communicate”?

The phrase "aviate, navigate, communicate" is commonplace among pilots, as a reminder to concentrate on flying the aircraft first, with navigation a secondary focus, and fitting in communication when ...
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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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How did the two F35 planes get from Fort Worth to Williamtown?

I am curious how the the F35 that recently arrived in Williamtown Australia arrived there. Were they transported at any point, or were they flown the entire way? How many stops did they make? Did ...
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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 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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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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How similar/different are the roles performed by Military and Civil pilots?

Broadly, Military and Civil are the only two categories in which the Pilots can be classified on the basis of the roles performed by them. What are the similarities and differences in tasks performed ...
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Qualification Requirement of Aircraft taxi and landing lights?

Can anyone provide any standard through which taxi and landing lights are certified for use on aircraft? And which certification is required for military aircraft lighting systems?
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What is this weapon spotted at an airshow in South Africa?

I was at an airshow in South Africa, and they had this trailer sitting about. No one knew what it is. Those little red plates all say "warning, high voltage". Those buckets are open at the bottom, ...
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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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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 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 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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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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What are the differences between the MiG-15 and MiG-17?

Apart from the extra wing fence and angled leading edge of the MiG-17, what are the differences visually between the two aircraft?
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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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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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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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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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What are the differences between the CH-46 and the CH-47?

The CH-46 and the CH-47 Chinook are very similar-looking aircraft and seem to serve similar purposes - only though for different branches of the U.S. military. What are the differences between the CH-...
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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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What is an afterburner and how long can a jet fly on afterburner?

I heard this word so many time in military documentary about jets, especially fighter jets, but I don't fully understand what it is or how it works. In a documentary from the Discovery Channel, all ...
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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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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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How can cargo be jettisoned from a C-124 in flight?

I was reading about a C-124 that was carrying three nuclear weapons over the Atlantic, and developed engine trouble. The article said that two of the weapons were jettisoned into the ocean for safety ...
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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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Why do heavy bombers not carry air-to-air missiles?

Imagine a heavy bomber – such as the B52, Tu160 or B1 – is heading toward a hot zone carrying a large number of AMRAAM or longer ranged missiles. Why doesn't it also carry air-to-air ...
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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 this smoke coming from an F/A-18 shortly before takeoff?

Watching a video of F/A-18 fighter-jets taking off, I noticed some sort of gas blowing out behind the canopy shortly before the start of the takeoff roll. Here's a screenshot: In some videos the ...
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Why was the P-51 Mustang not adopted by the U.S. Navy?

I've heard from many WWII aviation hobbyists and WWII vets that the P-51 was essentially the pinnacle of U.S. piston-engine fighter design; it was fast, maneuverable, long-range, well-armed, allowed ...
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What is the non-projected cross-hair for on the F-18 HUD?

Top right, there's a little cross-hair - it looks like it's for lining something up, since on the second pane there's a little dot. I haven't seen this on any other HUDs. Appears to be present on all ...
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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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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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F/A-18E and F/A-18F Rhinos: What's the difference?

The answer to this question seems intuitively obvious: One is a single seat strike fighter while the other has two crew stations. But is that all? When it was under development I judged that the E ...
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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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Can a jet engine benefit from nitrous oxide boost?

I just read this wiki article again about the GM-1 boost system. This was used in Nazi planes during WW2. It injected Nitrous Oxide (N2O) into the supercharger of the piston engine. The idea was to ...
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What process do I follow to land a civilian aircraft on a military base?

Let's say I have business on a US military base (e.g. JBLM), and I'd like to fly a privately owned aircraft there. What is the process I follow before the flight to get approval to land, and once I'm ...
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What is this 'ball' in front of the cockpit of some fighters, e.g., an Su-57?

What is the lump/ball thing visible below and to the left of the canopy in this image of a PAK FA (which became the Sukhoi Su-57), and what is it for? It's also seen on other fighters. Image source
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Why are many military fighter aircraft designed to fly supersonic?

It is my understanding that these aircraft rarely fly at supersonic speeds anyway—the ordnance they carry, the increased fuel burn (even with supercruise), and the increased chance of detection make ...
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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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Which hand do fighter pilots use for the control stick?

Here is a question that has been bothering me for a while. Do right-handed fighter pilots use their right hand to hold the control stick? And do left-handed fighter pilots use their left hand? Or is ...
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Why is C-5 Galaxy not used for commercial airlines while Boeng 747 is?

For a layman like I am, both the planes look massive and similar in size and shape, as if a near copy of each other. Do the similarity only end in the size and shape? Do they not perform equally well ...
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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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