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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If you bought a demilitarized fighter jet, can you fly your own military aircraft to other country?

I was wondering, say, I bought a fully-functional MIG29 similar to the one Paul Allen bought some times ago, can I fly it to other country if the cost isn't the problem?
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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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Where can I find power and heat specifications for EFIS and IFE systems?

I am working on an MSc. thesis project about the electrification of aircraft. Since the rule of thumb is to design the generators for the worst case scenario, I would like to include as much ...