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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why do fighter jets still have guns/cannons?

I noticed that the "new" F-35 still has a GAU-22/A cannon installed in it -- albeit with only 182 rounds (more with ammo pods). Why do fighters still have cannons? The day of dogfighting is long ...
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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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Can a F-4 Phantom II pilot control weapons?

In the F-4 Phantom II, can the pilot in the front seat control the weaponry as well, or do they only fly the aircraft? And can the weapons officer in the back fly the aircraft in emergencies, e.g. if ...
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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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Why does the radar dome on the E-3 have a white stripe down the middle?

Every picture I can find of the E-3 has a blue/black radar dome on top with a fairly thick white stripe down the middle but I can't figure out why. Is it related to the position of the radar unit ...
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Why are Russian cockpit panels painted in turquoise?

Almost all cockpit panels of Russian aircraft types are painted in turquoise, whereas elsewhere the cockpit panels usually exhibit a dark grey color. As this "rule" seems to be quite prevalent, I am ...
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Why is Hydrazine used to power the F-16's EPU?

Why does the military use hydrazine to power the F-16's Emergency Power Unit (EPU)? What is so unique about Hydrazine fuel that it's needed to power the EPU? Why not use a less volatile and less ...
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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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