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How did Soapy get to fly Hornets?

Allegedly, in early June 1983, while flying a Sea Harrier during a NATO exercise off the coast of Portugal, Royal Navy's Sub-Lieutenant Ian "Soapy" Watson found himself in a rather ...
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How effective was the computer-controlled gunnery on the B29?

The Boeing B29 Superfortress was equipped with multiple gun turrets which were linked to a central computerised fire control system. This training film covers the gunner's control interface, which ...
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What are the differences between foward air controllers in US military?

US Military has forward air controllers that join the forces on the front line and help them communicate with aircraft on the battelfield. I found several Wikipedia articles describing such position, ...
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How are foreign militaries regulated in the USA?

I believe the US military is not officially subject to the FARs, but what about foreign military aviation? What about aviation activities of the various National Guard outfits? Example...the Belgium ...
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Why is it not practical for the USN T-45 to be fitted with oxygen systems used in other trainers?

Back in April, the US Navy (USN) grounded all of its T-45 training flights due to issues with the cockpit oxygen system. I personally heard about this before the grounding secondhand from someone in ...
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How can a "due regard" state flight that has been intercepted indicate to their interceptor that they need to deviate around a hazard?

Military (state) aircraft sometimes conduct observation and intelligence-gathering flights near (but not within) the territorial airspaces of other countries, flying without the express permission of ...
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Can foreign military flying hours be counted towards an EASA ATPL in Hungary?

I'm an ex- Indian Air Force helicopter pilot with about 4000 hours of flying experience, including some 2500 hours as captain and about 500 hours as an instructor. Is there any means by which, I can ...
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Could anyone provide me with the performance charts for Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker?

I am looking for the Long Range Cruise Maximum Operating Altitude performance against the weight of the plane, all engines operating. Would be grateful if someone could point me the way.
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Can anyone help identify this turbine blade?

At the local army/navy surplus store and found this in a "junk" box. Got it for $1. Would live to know what airframe this came off of. Im new to this so compressor blade? Compressor turbine? ...
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Can fighter jets set their lights to flash six times?

So last night President Trump was in town at the Grand Rapids Airport in Michigan. I live about 5 miles away directly to the west of the airport. I noticed multiple high and fast flying jets (they ...
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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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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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What role does this ground crew member fulfill?

At the Miramar airshow a couple of weeks ago I noticed that in addition to the crew chief of each Blue Angel there was one additional individual standing behind the crew chiefs between aircraft #3 and ...
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Do strike aircraft turn off their datalink?

As far as I know, it is normal procedure for aircraft on a strike mission to go into radio silence at a certain point of the mission, as to not give of any unnecessary emissions that could warn the ...
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What is the difference between a weapons training aircraft and an actual combat aircraft?

From the Wikipedia page on the Northrop T-38 Talon: Most T-38s built were of the T-38A variant, but the USAF also had a small number of aircraft converted for weapons training (designated AT-...
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What is this high-wing, single-propeller, possibly military plane?

I recently acquired a black & white photograph of a group of military people posed in front of an airplane. I am seeking information about the plane, and maybe the people. The plane is mostly ...
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What is the take off and landing performance of the MQ-9?

At maximum takeoff weight (listed on wikipedia as 10,494 lb (4,760 kg), 11,700 pounds (5,300 kg) with upgraded landing gear), what is the minimum runway distance required (not including safety margin) ...
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Which military aircraft does this seem to be? [F-16 vs MiG-21]

Can someone identify the aircraft based on the components, riveting style, or other technical details visible in these crash pictures? a) Based on publicly available details, the chief suspects are ...
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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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Starstreak Missile system - How do the darts avoid colliding with each other?

There is plenty of detailed info online about how the individual darts fly and manoeuvre but nothing about how they maintain their triangular separation.
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Tail Warning Radar on the P-51

One of the "features" of the P-51 was a tail warning radar that was supposed to let pilots know if an enemy fighter was on your tail. However, a P-51 pilot told me that they generally ...
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Did C-124 loadmasters receive parachute and water survival training?

When the position of "loadmaster" was created for the Douglas C-124 Globemaster II, did prospective USAF loadmasters attend the parachute training and water survival school at the 3904th ...
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What are the unique shapes of the weapons control switches in a F-14?

In his answer to the question Muscle memory for weapons systems? Michael Hall mentioned "'blind fold cockpit checks'... (learning to) locate certain switches by feel, reinforcing muscle memory to both ...
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Is there any source or database from which we can find out the total number of military aircraft sold globally every year?

There are a few online databases that sheds light on the number of commercial jets that countries, airlines purchases every year. Is there any database that provides similar figures for military ...
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From RAF fighter pilot to commercial pilot

I’d like to become an RAF fighter pilot for many reasons but to become a commercial pilot once I leave the RAF is not one of them. I am, however, curious to know, if I were to become an RAF pilot and ...
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Are there any operational, combat capable multicopter drones (as of 2019)?

Are there any small operational military drones with any form of weapons system on board, as of 2019? I'm basically referring to a more powerful, more sophisticated and refined version of something ...
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F15 Startup Intake drop

So I’m aware that the F15 has intake Ramps that adjust to airspeed and AOA, in order to ensure that the airflow is entering the engine smoothly and not too fast. But why does the system drop the first ...
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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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Are there altitude limitations for aircraft-carried targeting pods, and are the reasons for those limits known?

In one of the 10-percent True interviews / dialogs with "Starbaby" Petrucha, Starbaby (an F-15E Strike Eagle WSO, among other things) asserts the targeting pod on the Strike Eagle, at the ...
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Plane Identification (Coast Guard, Air Force base region)

I live in Clearwater Florida and multiple times a day, I have giant multi-prop Coast Guard planes, ans choppers flying low over my home. However, today as I sat outside, I heard one but it sounded a ...
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What was the story of a serious incident with Galaxy C5 in about 1973

I am guessing it was a flight in support of the Yom Kippur War in October of 1973 that due a pitot tube failure that Galaxy C5 had to do an emergency landing on Azore with assitance from another plane ...
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What determines military aviation squadron numbers?

What determines the numbers and the names of squadrons, airwings, and other military aviation units? Does it go in order of when they were established?
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What were other possible solutions proposed to solve the problem of clean weapons separation for the F-18 Super Hornet?

I'm curious as to what other solutions were considered besides canting the pylons.
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Why are weapons pylon fittings usually tension fittings?

As far as I see, most of the fighter jet pylon fittings are tension fitting instead of the shear fitting. What is the logic behind that?
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Is Sapphire Stone Used as Windshields on Military Aircraft?

The optical clarity of of colorless sapphire stone and its unique refraction of light and strength for example, is not comparable to the clarity, etc. of amorphous/glass laminates.
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Can Navy WSO use autopilot to fly to safety?

If pilot becomes incapacitated, can Navy WSO use autopilot to fly to a safe place to eject?
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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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