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Why was the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey not worked on more? [closed]

I've recently learned of the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey and it appears to be a very advanced and useful vehicle. I can instantly think of reasons why the Osprey would be successful such as: 1) It can ...
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Why do most fighter craft have a center stick?

Is there a specific reason why in most fighter planes, the control column is between the pilots legs instead of on the sides like Airbus airliners? I know the F-16 has sidesticks, but most of the ...
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Is there a universal departure recovery procedure?

Let us say you're in a non-fly-by-wire tactical aircraft (say a F-15 or an A-4) doing maneuvers in the local MOA, and you manage to depart the jet in some non-spin fashion. Is there a standard ...
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What is a "departure" in the context of flight testing / maneuvers?

I was reading about the F-35 flight tests and it mentions a "departure" at a couple of places. What does that word mean in this context? I understand spins and stalls but what's a "departure"? AF-...
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What is the meaning of segment in MTRs?

Military Training Routes (MTRs) with no segment above 1,500' AGL shall be identified by four number characters (IR1206/VR1207) MTRs that include one or more segments above 1,500' AGL shall be ...
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What is a tactical penetration descent?

I was flying the other day by a military base and heard a military aircraft (I'm not sure what type it was) request a tactical penetration descent from the controller at a civilian airport. What is a ...
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Is the Boeing AC-25A Banshee a real concept or a gimmick? [closed]

Could this be a feasible concept aircraft to replace the AC-130?
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Which "warnings" are issued when a military aircraft is going to enter foreign airspace?

There are reports in the media saying Turkey shot down a Russian military aircraft after ignoring several warnings and after they entered Turkish airspace. Which "warnings" are these? Are they ...
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Lockheed SR-71 take off protocol [closed]

I'm intrigued by the Lockheed SR-71's take-off procedure, as it seems different to that of civilian aircraft. I would like to know what are the major differences in take-off procedure, and why? For ...
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Why most military transport aircrafts use turboprop engines? [duplicate]

What is the reason behind that most (or many) military transport aircraft use turboprop engines?
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How much impact can be taken when flying in formation?

This recently published 360-degree video shows four F/A-18 Hornets performing impressive maneuvers what appears to be only a few inches apart. Considering the risk of impact I find it hard to ...
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Does ground clutter exist over the ocean?

Ground clutter is a radar term that basically means a bunch of noise, or cluttered returns, that occurs when you point the radar down at the ground (like for a radar patrolling aircraft). The terrain ...
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Is it required to memorize checklists for better efficiency?

Military pilots are instructed throughout training that they must learn all checklists off-by-heart (in the RAF anyway). This way things get done much quicker, primarily in the event of an emergency ...
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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - Why didn't Malaysian Air Force scramble jets? [closed]

It seems odd that a large commercial aircraft can deviate radically from its scheduled flight path without the military doing something about the situation. Malaysian military radar tracked the plane ...
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Russian-built and NATO (USN, European) probe-and-drogue -- are they interoperable?

Considering the current diversity of coalition air fleets in some parts of the world (the Horn of Africa situation comes to mind), can Russian-built tankers refuel NATO probe-and-drogue receivers, and ...
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B-52s that are not in service demolished?

Have all the B-52s that are no longer in service already been "guillotined," i.e. chopped in two to make them no longer flyable?
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How do drones overcome latency?

The US Military's use of drones has become commonplace, and widely known at this point. Although these vehicles are operated from nearby bases during these attacks, it seems like the latency (time of ...
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What would the ranks most likely be of the crew of a B-1B?

I'm currently attempting to write a novel which briefly features a modified B-1B undertaking a risky, highly important mission in support of a Special Access Program. Since a few scenes are set in the ...
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Does mid-air refueling have very hard constraints on weather?

I'm guessing mid-air refueling has constraints on windspeed and wind direction, visibility, and precipitation. I may have missed some, but those alone make me feel like mid-air refueling can't be done ...
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Intercepts and aerial combat in IMC (or my no-fly zone is full of clouds?!)

If a reasonably modern fighter was placed into a situation where they had to engage in aerial combat while in IMC (say if radar picked up non-squawking aircraft coming from a hostile military airbase ...
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what is the disadvantage of blended wing body ,that they not used to achieve more than subsonic speed? [duplicate]

Blended wings have more efficiency than today's wing design,high lift to drag ratio,more efficiency,less fuel rate ,it have lot of advantages so why not they used for commercial airplanes as well as ...
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Are civilian/GA pilots expected to "see and avoid" fast military jets in VMC?

I don't know if this also applies to the U.S. or just to Europe, but in Europe the civilian airspace is frequently used by military jets. On numerous occasions I've seen F-16's and other fighter jets ...
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What would happen if a helicopters rotor hit the [in-air] refueling probe?

My first guess is that they would catastrophically fail - but I also read the Eurocopter Cougar has propeller blades that will withstand the impact of a 20mm round (I'm guessing other military ...
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Why is Mi-35M so huge in size? [closed]

Why is Mi-35M so huge in size? What is the benefit of having an attack helicopter to be so big? If there is no benefit, why wasn't its size reduced? Apache is not as huge as this.
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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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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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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 ...