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How does a U.S. military air traffic controller become a civilian air traffic controller?

If a person is working as a United States military air traffic controller and then they get discharged, do they have to go through additional training and tests to work as a United States civilian air ...
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Why hasn't the US military performed aftermarket modifications on certain aircraft?

The US military emits more CO2 annually than several countries. Winglets have been proven to work well in the commercial sector to reduce fuel burn, therefore reducing both CO2 emissions and fuel cost....
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Why are some US fighters' canopies tinted while others are not? [duplicate]

Ok, I'm sure we've all seen how some particular US fighters have tinted glass canopies (I'm not sure what you would refer to the glass as), while others do not. Looking at the currently in-service ...
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Weapon vs normal aircraft track

I've read that some radars can detect stealth aircraft or aircraft with low radar cross section but are not powerful enough to allow a "weapons" track or allow a missile or another aircraft ...
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What is the Mach Never Exceed number for a C-130J Hercules under ISA conditions (approximations are welcomed!)

I am looking for the Mach Never Exceed number for a C-130J Hercules so that I can create an approximate 1g envelope. Does anyone have any idea what this can be? I am trying to find the value for ...
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Why do some military aircraft carry two datalink pods?

I was taking a look at pictures of the SLAM-ER when I noticed an F/A-18C carrying two AWW-13 datalink pods on its left wing. Why carry a second one? Does it increase signal strength or something? ...
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Descent of Light attack aircraft to loiter altitude

How do Light Attack Aircraft (LAA) such as the Embraer Super Tucano descend from their cruise altitude to their loiter altitude to be on-station above ground troops? I want to know the way these ...
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How can you fly your own military jet in terms of altitude and acrobatics?

So I know that you can legally buy and fly a military jet like the Mig-29 and the SU-27 https://www.wired.com/2010/01/own-the-coolest-jet-on-your-block/ and https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29292/...
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Why does the UH60 have a titled tail rotor? [duplicate]

I've been looking at helicopter design recently, particularly UK military helicopters. I've noticed that most tail rotors are parallel/flush with the tail of the helicopter in most designs. When ...
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Why are some modern military trainer aircraft so bulky?

Modern military trainer aircraft are a lot wider and bulkier than the previous generation. Especially the canopy looks oversized. You can see this in the Boeing/Saab T-7 Red Hawk, Alenia Aermacchi M-...
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Why don't modern fighter aircraft hide their engine exhaust?

In many photographs, the F-4's unique geometry hides one or both engines. I've been told that this is one of the terrific accidental features of the F-4, as it would help shield the hot exhaust from ...
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Is there a career path to fly fast, military jets without being in the military?

I would like to pilot or fly in fighter jets however as I have mild asthma I cannot join the Royal Air Force. So is it possible to fly in or pilot these kinds of aircraft as a career without being in ...
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Does FAA have any info on army air corps pilots during wwII (know the FAA was formed later)?

Did the FAA (or its precursors) have any relationship to Army Air Corps pilots during WW2? If so, how would I request information on my deceased father. Most of his military records did not survive ...
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Can simultaneous departures be authorized from converging airports?

I am an ATC'r stationed overseas where we service two military airfields. The runways are 3 miles apart but converge. Our current regulations require aircraft from one airfield to delay in takeoff ...
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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 is the certification basis of tactical UAVs like MALE RPAS?

What is the certification basis of Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (MALE RPAS) tactical UAVs? Is it based on CS-25?
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Why is the Eurodrone (MALE RPAS) equipped with turbo props in pusher configuration?

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9c/EuroMALE_ILA_2018_%2801%29.jpg/1920px-EuroMALE_ILA_2018_%2801%29.jpg Why is the Eurodrone (Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted ...
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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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Can someone identify the Make and Model of airplane that this fuselage belonged to?

This gutted fuselage remnant was photographed by my mother at Whaler's Bay on Deception Island in Antarctica in 1994. Deception Island is directly south of the Falkland Islands in the narrow area ...
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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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How are carrier landings graded?

I'm an aspiring naval aviator (preferably a Hornet or an F-35) and a DCS player. Here's a question for any former navy aviators or LSOs. What would get you a good or bad landing grade on the carrier? ...
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Identify this USAAF biplane

I have been unable to match this USAAF biplane with a similar photo mainly due to the cockpit canopy. I've found no other like it. I believe the photo was taken at Madison, WI or Chicago, IL in the ...
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Can anyone help me with the Make, Model (version), and Unit of this WWII army trainer. Appears to be an AT-6 version

Location: Madison, WI Municipal Airport on May 21, 1939. Notice the straight bottom on the vertical stabilizer, crest emblem, pitot tubes, landing gear, exhaust location, antenna, etc. I have two ...
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Can anyone identify what appears to be a crashed WWII German plane?

This photograph is in my family's photo collection. The only information with the photo is, "Cousin Bud Kohl - aircraft wreck." If anyone can identify the make and model it is greatly ...
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What is the disadvantage of twin-engine fighter jets? [duplicate]

Some air forces in the world do not use twin-engine jets at all. For instance, Pakistan. Even though Pakistan could import twin-engine jets from China at a very cheap price, they never did that. What ...
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Why are F-15s usually taking off with afterburners?

If there's no emergency, is it a big waste of money for military aircraft to take-off with afterburners? Why are they doing it, what are the advantages? Like here:
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How are missiles attached/detached from a combat jet aircraft?

What is the mechanism holding a missile onto the hard-point of a wing, and how does it smoothly release the missile when it's ready to fire? What about the electric cables that also need to detach ...
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What were/are the military designations of the JT8D and PW4000?

Turbine engines on U.S. military aircraft, in addition to their manufacturer-given names, receive separate designations (consisting of J [for turbojets], F [for turbofans; formerly TF], or T [for ...
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In general, what are the RPM ranges/differences between the various compression stages on a 2 or 3 spool (LP,IP,HP) turbojet/fan engine?

I have a general interest in jet engines and am pretty new to the topic so I wanted to toss this question into the wind as I don't have any previous experience or knowledge to pull from and haven't ...
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Could the SR-71 Blackbird be used for nearspace tourism?

The Blackbird had two seats onboard. Could it be reactivated for nearspace tourism, placing a paying tourist in the other seat? If no, why not or why isn't it being proposed? In leveled flight, the ...
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What is the origin of the “Pickle” switch for release of ordnance?

I am looking for proper proof of the theory that it is called so due to the Norden sight of the B17, which was said to assist the bomber in putting a bomb into a pickle jar, and hence it stuck.
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What are the reasons for the end of the dogfight era? [duplicate]

A lot of sources mention that a lot of modern era (5.Gen) fighter jet designs such as the F-35 are focussing on qualities and properties such as stealth, long-range attacks, and versatility just to ...
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Can an American citizen schooling abroad join the airforce? [closed]

I am a citizen of the U.S who is studying abroad from the age of 9. If I am to Apply to become a test pilot will there be any impediments? Due to security issues as it deals with classified aircrafts. ...
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Is a fighter pilot allowed to fly two different model fighters?

Does a fighter pilot who flies the F/A-18E have permission to fly the F/A-18F for training a new pilot? Or does an F/A-18E pilot fly with an F/A-18F for night bombardment?
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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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How do you win a simulated dogfight/Air-to-Air engagement?

When simulating/practicing a dogfight/air-to-air engagement obviously real, live weapons aren't used. So therefore, how is it that these missions are "won"? So my first question is: In a ...
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Is the CV-22 / MV-22 Osprey classified as a Helicopter, Plane or Both?

Is the CV-22 / MV-22 Osprey classified as a Helicopter, Plane or Both? If the President had to hitch a ride on one, would it become Airforce One(CV-22) and Marine One(MV-22)?
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If pilot use rudder to roll the aircraft at high AOA in the F4 Phantom then one aileron from one wing and one spoiler from other will be deflected?

I have heard that the F4 Phantom pilots can make barrel rolls at lower speed /higher AOA. They use only rudder deflection and keep the stick column centered (left /right wise)-only pull onto the belly ...
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In USAF are people WSO by choice or is it because they didn’t make the cut to be a pilot?

Generally, is a US Air Force Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) someone who wanted to be an WSO or is specifically assigned and trained to be an WSO from the start, or someone who failed flight training ...
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Can military aircraft send out false ADS-B tracking information?

Can most military and VIP aircraft out of Andrews AFB transmit false ADS-B signals? Here is the ADS-B tracking of Navy P-3 Orion that seems to be violating Iranian air space tonight if the ADS-B is ...
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Does the F-4 Phantom use (have) differential horizontal tail deflection?

Is differential horizontal tail deflection used to roll the aircraft around the longitudinal axis along with the ailerons / spoilers and a bit of rudder?
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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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