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Why are military planes painted differently than civil planes?

I read Why are planes generally painted white?, and got interested in knowing, why don't military aircraft follow this? Rather than the advantageous white, most of the military aircraft are rather ...
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Were early military planes not pressurized?

I just heard that 1930s-40s planes such as the B-17 were not pressurized. Is this true? If yes, then how did the military men survive at heights of 30k ft?
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How common are conformal fuel tanks?

I know that the F-16 (F-16I and Block 50/52/60 models) have conformal fuel tanks standard now on top of the wing/fuselage area. The Silent Eagle model of the F-15E proposed by Boeing for South Korea, ...
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How are in-air refuelling craft grounded to each other?

This answer mentions that before refueling equipment is connected the F-16 and the refueling vehicle must be connected to each other. This does not seem to be the case for in-air refueling. Why is ...
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Why is mid-air refueling worth it? (or is it at all?)

Surely, mid-air refueling is a cool thing, but is it worth it? It's obvious that the military, for one, has some requirements to keep aircraft airborne so that they can keep patrolling, for example. ...
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How are military aircraft type certificated?

It seems that FAA requirements for any particular aircraft revolve heavily around the aircraft's type certificate. Civil aircraft are broken up into several categories based on weight or passenger ...
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What special airspace exemptions are granted for civilian fighter jets?

How do civilian fighter jet operations arrange airspace usage for conducting flight tours? Do they use military operation areas? If they fly into class A can they perform maneuvers, or do they need to ...
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cost effective air power [closed]

I came across an interesting speculation that basically wondered if it would be more cost effective to use cheaper jets as fighters in greater numbers. I thought it may be plausible, but I wonder if ...
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Are there laws about how close military aircraft can fly to passenger jets, and are they enforced?

Yesterday I was on a passenger plane flying at 35000 feet from Denver to JFK on a fairly clear day. Just west of Sioux City, we made a relatively sharp, but short, right turn for whatever reason (may ...
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Are military aircraft required to have black boxes?

In the United States, the FAA requires certain types of aircraft to have a Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and/or Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR). I understand these regulations to apply mostly to civil ...
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Are military jets always scrambled when communication to a commercial aircraft is lost?

I've heard that in case a commercial flight does not respond to Air Traffic Control, military jets would always be scrambled to check the state of the flight. The benefits of scrambling jets are ...
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What types of aircraft perform military airlift operations?

What planes are the key players in military airlifting? I know the C-130J, C-17 and A400M are among them, what others are there? What are the key differences between the above mentioned planes?
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Why does afterburner exhaust have “pulses”?

Instead of being consistently-dense, the afterburner exhaust looks "pulsed" in these pictures below. Is this a trick of the camera, a natural result of interaction with the air, or is there some ...
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How does maintenance differ for military fighters/bombers vs. commercial airliners?

And why do military fighters/bomber require so many maintenance hours compared to commercial airlines, which seems like just kicking the tires? What do they actually do? How does maintenance differ ...
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Can civilians fly military aircraft?

I saw a few videos of the Sukhoi Su-35 doing some amazing aerobatics and I was wondering if a civilian could ever fly one - either for aerobatics or just fly it as their personal jet. Obviously ...
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What UK aircraft looks like an Islander but with twin fins?

Driving on the M40 recently just south of Banbury, England, I saw a distinctive smallish plane I'm trying to identify — probably military from the dull grey/green color. It looked a lot ...
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Why is thrust vectoring not used on commercial jets?

Is there a particular reason for which thrust vectoring is not used in airliners as it is with military aircraft besides weight and complexity factors? I understand that on military aircraft ...
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Do similar angles on a plane make it more stealthy?

I learned in my intro to engineering class at my college that 5th gen fighters (which are stealth aircraft) are designed with similar angles to evade radar. Why is this true? Also, does the angle ...
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Can any military aircraft (only fighter jets not the military cargo ones) be stopped using Arresting Gear technique?

I know in mostly all of the seaborne landings on the Naval warships is done using Arresting Gear and there are some land based airfields also which used arrested gear methodology but do any aircraft ...
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Why are military and civil aircraft landing gear generally so different?

Why do military aircraft have a lower landing gear than civilian? I have in mind the difference between a Lockheed C-130 Hercules and a Boeing or Airbus. The first possibility that jumps to mind is ...
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Airbags in aircraft - is that just a military thing?

The Bell OH-58D (a military helicopter used by the USA) has an airbag to make life better in the event of a crash. I had never heard of such a thing in an aircraft before and I wondered if this ...
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Is it possible to get access to flight logs of USAAC trainer planes from the 1930s?

After answering this question on History.SE, I started to wonder if it would be possible to find out even more detail about the plane now that its serial number is known. I have no idea what kind of ...
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What's the point of intercepting an aircraft?

I know that it's possible for military aircraft to "intercept" a civilian or foreign aircraft (and I'm well aware of the US interception procedures), but why would they be doing it in the first place?...
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Emergency landing at Air Force airfield [duplicate]

What would happen if I perform an emergency landing at an Air Force airfield? Would they send fighters planes to intercept me? Would they arrest me? Would they detain my aircraft?
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Can military personnel land their own private aircraft at military bases?

First off, I am asking similar, but logistically different question to What process do I follow to land a civilian aircraft on a military base? If I am in the US Military (with a valid ID), am I free ...
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Do military pilots use amphetamines or other stimulants?

Related to this question: Do military pilots have flight & rest hours regulation? According to the wikipedia article, amphetamines were commonly given to Allied pilots. Are they still in use ...
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What does an Air Battle Manager do?

I heard someone talking about a position in the U.S. Air Force called an Air Battle Manager or ABM. What does a person in this position do?
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Is this an external cannon on an F-16?

What is the black pod starboard of the front landing gear on this F-16-I? At first I thought that it was a laser finder, but upon closer inspection it seems to resemble some type of short cannon. What ...
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Are ATC towers built in warzones?

Take Afghanistan as a for instance; do governments (e.g. USAF/RAF) or NATO construct ATC towers? I'd imagine so, at the air bases, in order to land/takeoff the vast amount of aircraft. Who controls ...
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How does IFF work?

How does Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) work? Are radar images of friendly planes recorded, or do friendly planes have transponders on them?
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Enemy plane detection [closed]

Suppose that an enemy plane comes into our radar surveilled airspace, and that this plane is mimicking the signature of a friendly aircraft. Can this tactic be recognized? Is there a way of ...

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