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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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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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Unusual Traffic Ene 68 degrees over Dorset United Kingdom - No strobes, green or red just solid white lights

I have spotted a line of traffic 1 minute apart, at least 12 objects, with 3 objects to the left and right of the main line of traffic. Clear night, no pollution, no noise, whit solid lights only. I ...
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Military paintjobs matte for airshow also?

Combat aircraft are painted in a matte paint to prevent them from reflecting moon/sunlight too much. But what about liveries used for airshows? Those colorful paintjobs, are they also always matte, ...
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What is (or was) the “international frequency”?

I have recently read a book about Douglas BADER. This pilot has lost his legs (because of accident in 1931) but after (thanks to his single-mindedness) he takes up the "broomstick" again and became a ...
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How did the De Havilland Mosquito compete with contemporary jets?

During the Second World War, the British De Havilland Mosquito light bomber achieved success in raids through its sheer speed. Traveling at up to 392 mph, it could outrun virtually all piston-engined ...
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Unarmed F-16 — why would it happen? [closed]

As is documented here among other places, a couple of the interceptors sent after United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 were scrambled so hastily they did not have time for the ordies to visit and ...
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What are these pipes on an Avro Vulcan?

As you can see above, there are two small pipes next to the main engine exhausts on this Avro Vulcan(the one at Duxford). I'm curious what these pipes are/what they are for. Are they fuel dump pipes? ...
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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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Have any aircraft ever been attacked by chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons? Information security compromises?

Have any aircraft, military or civilian, ever been attacked by chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons? Terrorist attacks and test firings included. Attacks on persons on-board the ...
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What are the correct procedures for military aircraft interception over international waters?

I recently read this list of errors in the film Top Gun. The list is long and fairly well done, but there is one I realized when thinking about that movie and that is Maverick may have actually ...
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Why can military aircraft descend below the DA / MDA during an instrument approach?

According to §91.175(c) Except as provided §91.176 of this chapter, where a DA/DH or MDA is applicable, no pilot may operate an aircraft, except a military aircraft of the United States, below the ...
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Procedure for simulating nonlinear flight dynamics

I am trying to simulate F/A-18 Hornet on Simulink. So, here is how I have made the model: Firstly, the initial flight parameters(Alpha, beta, V(magnitude), rho) are being calculated based on the ...
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Can a convergent nozzle be used for a supersonic jet engine?

Can a supersonic fighter incorporate a convergent nozzle or does it always have to be a convergent-divergent nozzle?
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Can jet fighters be made to be 2 or 3 times bigger than they are today?

I was watching videos on the Su-27 again, and this fighter appears to be a heavy version of jet fighters, which means it has longer range and can carry more weight. This got me thinking on what is ...
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Is it possible to use refrigeration technology to cool the skin of supersonic aircraft?

The fastest air breathing aircraft, the Blackbird SR71 flew at speeds above Mach 3. Its engines could achieve much higher speeds but were limited by the aircraft's skin which would melt due to ...
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What is the purpose of the glazed round area atop the Ju 87 Stuka G?

I haven't been able to find any pictures of this feature aside from models, nor any reference to what it is. I'm going to make a complete guess and suggest it's a searchlight for night-fighting to ...
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Why was the engine of the Ju-87 Stuka not replaced with a more powerful one?

Related to this question Why did the Ju-87 Stuka have a siren? I would like to know the reasons why they have not changed the engine of the Stuka when they realised it was easy prey for Hurricanes ...
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Did people really hand-start big bombers in WWII?

I am not a pilot so I don't know anything about hand starting propeller aircraft. But I wonder how easily can the propeller fire up unexpectedly during the procedure even if it's done right. Whenever ...
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Did the F-8 have a stall speed of 1.6x its landing speed?

Wikipedia says that the F-8 was to have a landing speed of no more than 100 mph (160 km/h) This web page says that the F-8 did have Stalling speed 157 mph. The two don't explicitly discuss ...
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Credible Sport Project: Is it possible to revive the idea with modern avionics?

Synopsis: On a secret mission to rescue 52 hostages in Iran, Operation Credible Sport was created. The project consisted of a modified Lockheed C-130 Hercules and developed so that it would be able to ...
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How do helicopters avoid detection from enemies by using IR suppressors?

no IR suppressor IR suppressor All I know is that it blends the hot air before releasing it How does an IR suppressor help an aircraft avoid detection from a missile? Wouldn’t the entire ...
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How does the Harrier avoid engine damage when operating from dirt fields?

The Harrier V/STOVL jet was designed in order for its users to be able to retain a functional air force even with all conventional airports destroyed; to this end, it can take off from, and land in, ...
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I want to be a French fighter pilot. Any advice? [closed]

Hello everyone! I want to be a French fighter pilot and I would like some advice from retired fighter pilots about how you should do things if you were at the same age as you were when you entered ...
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Can civilians buy military aircraft?

Say one wanted to buy a retired F-14, or F-5, or a BAE Hawk. Could I do it? Obviously this would mean stripping out radars, weapons, rwr, and any other sensitive equipment, but after this, would it ...
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Did the Douglas SBD Dauntless have a second set of controls?

In the book Never Call me a Hero, the author mentions that there were controls in the rear seat of the Douglas SBD Dauntless. However, I don't recall ever hearing this before, though I know the TBD ...
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Can a CIWS engage aerial targets?

Can a Phalanx-type Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) engage small aerial targets like drones, UAVs, rotorcraft? Is there any case that Phalanx was used against aerial targets?
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Can a military pilot make his airplane invisible for the ATCs?

I'm writing a story about the pilot of the Austrian Air Force, who uses his Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft for unintended purposes. I've read stories in the internets that civil pilots allegedly can ...
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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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What licenses/endorsements or type ratings do you need to fly a fighter jet?

As the title says, what endorsements and licenses do I need to obtain before I can legally fly a decommissioned single seater fighter jet or trainer jet (like a L-39 Albatros or even a F22 when the ...
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What is this aircraft with a crew member in an exposed nose compartment?

Possibly from around 1935, possibly involving one of the two airplane-supplying-powers in the Spanish Civil war. (Seen in a documentary about the 20th century inter-war era...it's only onscreen for a ...
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Muscle memory for weapons systems?

How often do military pilots train to retain muscle memory for use of weapons systems?
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What are these windows/portholes on the English Electric Canberra bomber?

This may be an obvious question, but I don't know, which is why I'm asking here. I've searched "Canberra canopy porthole" and "window", but didn't get any information. There is a porthole of sorts on ...
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What color are cockpit weapons control?

Forgive my ignorance in my wording of this question. I assume the weapons control in a military aircraft cockpit are colored differently from other instruments the pilots has to look at considering U....
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Why do I never see fighter jets on sites like FlighRadar24 and ADBSExchange.com [duplicate]

On ADS-B Exchange they even have a filter option for military aircraft, and it will show all kinds of transport, mid-air refuelers, helicopters, and even training aircraft like the Texan, but I don't ...
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Did WW2-era aircraft have constant-speed or variable-pitch props?

This is slightly related to my other question on variable-pitch controls. I want to know if WW2-era aircraft typically had variable-pitch or constant-speed propellers. Variable-pitch lets the pilot ...
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How did jet engine aircraft perform compared to the best reciprocating engine aircraft during WW2?

How did the performance of jets in World War II compare to the cutting edge propeller planes (e.g. P-51, Zero's, etc) of the day?
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What is the typical sink rate during a well-executed carrier landing at the moment the main wheels touch the deck?

What is the typical sink rate during a well-executed carrier landing at the moment the main wheels touch the deck? And how has this changed over the decades?
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MIL-PRF-5606J, What does “J” means? Does it equal to MIL-PRF-5606?

MIL-PRF-5606J, What does "J" means? Does it equal to MIL-PRF-5606? Please let me know it they are same specification or not.
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How do dummy bombs simulate real bombs in training when they're so much smaller?

This picture shows a couple of Mk-76 25lb (11kg) Inert Training Bombs on a McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II; it's clear that the physical characteristics of the dummy bomb are quite different to ...

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