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How do weapon pylons attach to a fighter's wings?

How do weapon pylons attach to a fighter's wings? I'm particularly interested in the inner structure.
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How should airline pilots find out about military activity along their route?

What sources of information should a commercial pilot review before takeoff to become aware of military activity that might pose a risk to their flight?
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Why don't combat aircraft have rear-facing weapons?

This excellent question addresses the role of dogfighting in modern aerial warfare. However it seems that most ACM concentrate on maneuvering into shooting position. Why don't combat aircraft have ...
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Why do civil aviation aircraft not routinely carry missile defense systems? [duplicate]

With all the incidents with civil aircraft and missiles, why do civil aircraft not carry flares and other defensive measures by default? If official aircraft carry them it is technically possible to ...
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Is the F-16 cockpit pressurized?

Is the F-16's cockpit pressurized? If so, why does the pilot receive oxygen from the mask (please state the correct terminology for this)? Is it due to redundancy in case cabin pressurization fails?
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Why were the F-35B lift fan doors changed after flight testing?

Why were the F-35's lift fan doors redesigned from those used during flight tests? The original design had two main doors which opened to each side, rather than the “car hood” style door used in ...
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What are the flaps on the exhaust of military airplanes for?

I have been looking over some pictures of military airplanes, and I noticed that some of the more modern air planes have flaps on the exhaust I was wondering if anyone knew what the purpose of the ...
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How do internally carried IR missiles acquire a lock?

On aircraft that carry their IR missiles on external stores, like the F/A-18, an IR-missile acquires a lock by having its seeker being directed to the target heat source by whatever means and the ...
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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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Why do jet nozzles close at different rates?

After recently seeing the trailer for Top Gun 2, I was reminded of something that I always wondered about: why do the nozzles of some jet aircraft seem to close at different rates? Sure, it's likely ...
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What is the maximum height of USAF fighter pilot?

In response to this comment: Three days later I happened to meet a commercial pilot at school who has flown F4s during Vietnam. He gave me the worst news of my life. My 6'3" ass was too tall to ...
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What happens if I cross the ADIZ line without a flight plan and no clearance or contact with ATC?

I'm on a flight to/from the Caribbean on a single engine Cessna and I crossed the ADIZ (Air Defense Identification Zone) line. I haven't filed a flight plan, I don't have clearance from ATC, and I'm ...
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F-16 low speed SAM avoidance tactics?

After having watched the rather horrible yet fascinating F-16 avoiding multiple SAM launches: I'm left wondering why he doesn't increase his speed? There are, ...
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Why do some AFBs have planes parked at 45 degrees to others?

I'm assuming this is just a matter of available space but it seems you could get 4 across all aligned but maybe there is another reason. The image is from McGuire AFB but I've seen this on other AFBs.
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How is thrust vectoring controlled by the pilot?

Thrust vectoring is used to extend the manoeuvrability of aircraft outside a `normal' flight envelope, by providing (optionally differential) vectored engine thrust, as explored in many previous ...
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What is this aircraft and its submarine?

I got this picture from an anonymous source and I'm curious to learn more about its mission and I want to know if it's a genuine picture. It happens to be a submarine aircraft carrier.
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Does the cannon of the A-10 deliver more thrust than the engines do?

The A-10 Warthog is built around a 30 mm cannon that fires depleted uranium rounds, 65 of them per second. I heard from someone who worked on the flight controls a long time ago, that when the cannon ...
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What is in 'stealth paint' to reflect radar, and how does it work?

What is in the 'stealth paint' that coats stealth bombers e.g B-2 spirit, and stealth aircraft, e.g SR-71, and how does it absorb/deflect radar?
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What kind of WWII aircaft is this?

I saw this plane at a warbird fly in and would appreciate some assistance identifying it. I can only tell you what I'm rather sure it's not.. Grumman TBF Avenger Other US-operated Torpedo Bomber ...
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Can anyone identify the aircraft in the background of this photo?

This photo was found in some family belongings and we're trying to date it to identify the family member who may have been in his tri-service imaged. So, can anyone identify the plane in the ...
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Is it possible to be a pilot for both the RAF and a Commercial company?

I have always wanted to be a pilot for both the RAF and Commercial airlines. Would it be possible for me to serve, for say 6 months in the RAF, and then when not deployed work as a commercial pilot. ...
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What are some disadvantages that come with a design like a B-2 spirit bomber?

Here is a B-2 Spirit: source Source Many different things can get in the way with a design like a B-2. Although it has really good stealth and looks, does it have any disadvantages that come with ...
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Is it possible to recover from a flat spin?

In Top Gun, Maverick's F-14 enters a flat spin after flying through another F-14's jetwash, forcing him to eject and causing the death of Goose. Is this scenario possible or was it only created for ...
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How moral are military aviation patents [closed]

I was reading about F-35's version that can take of vertically and it's mentioned that they are using a patented technology by Rolls-Royce called Fanlift and Liftsystem which brings me the questions: ...
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How useful are the AOA Indexers and indicators for jet pilots and civillians?

I dont see them neccessary unless you are landing on a aircraft carrier. I just don't know a lot about them. I understand what they do but they just dont seem neccessary unless you are landing a jet ...
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How do planes search for submarines?

I am interested in the process of using maritime patrol aircraft in an antisubmarine role. I hope there is some general answer, because I have no idea what such missions look like. How long can such ...
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How were fighter jets built in the 1950's?

As far as I know, jets did not see mass production across the world until the 1950's. So I'm interested in how they were built in that time. How many different types of factories were needed? How did ...
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Keeping the engine under the wings, doesn't hurt the lift as the airflow speed is higher under the wings?

To create a lift, the airflow speed on top of the wings should be higher than the airflow speed on the bottom of the wings. But when you keep the engine on the bottom of the wings, wouldn't it hurt ...
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What procedures are used for midair refueling without air supremacy?

One of the major themes of the answers to (and comments on) my earlier question about tankers not having ejection seats is that tankers are used only in environments where the threat from enemy ...
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Why is there such a low level of automation in the aerospace industry (compared to other industries such as automobile)?

I have been watching some episodes of the documentaries made by National Geographic lately and I have noticed something that I can't find an explanation for. In this episode of Megafactories - ...
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Why was the Vulcan bomber used for the Falklands raid?

There is a lot of information about this complex operation. But can anybody explain why they chose to use an aircraft? They could easily shoot cruise missiles from a ship or ballistic missiles from a ...
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Why is there a difference between military parachutes and those used for skydiving?

A couple hours ago I was watching a youtube video where skydivers jump using the skydive parachute, and after that, a military training where the soldiers jump using "old" type parachute, the dome ...
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How do logbook endorsements work?

I'm just finishing up Air Force Pilot Training (UPT). The day after graduation we are issued commercial certificates for SEL and MEL. The military does things pretty different from the civilian ...
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Why did the Avro Vulcan use a delta wing?

Why did the Avro Vulcan use a delta wing? The B52, from the same era, used a swept wing, and had a higher maximum speed. In the answer to What are the advantages and disadvantages of a delta wing ...
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What are these aircraft at AMARG? Why are they dismantled this way?

At the AMARG boneyard (Tucson desert, Arizona), there are tons of aircraft, but a limited number of models are dismantled according a special way: wings or tail or both separated from the fuselage: ...
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Why don't combat aircraft have rear-facing *laser* weapons?

This question is similar, but only talks about guns. I don't mean a laser that is going to destroy the plane, but why aren't rear-mounted, rear-firing lasers that can blind a pilot a thing? Most of ...
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Would a laser dazzler be militarily useful? [closed]

I saw Why don't combat aircraft have rear-facing *laser* weapons? pop up in the Hot Questions list and that motivated me to join here and ask this question. Weapons that blind are banned. But ...
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Why don't the US Navy Blue Angels fly Super Hornets?

The US Navy demonstration team has been flying the legacy Hornet for a long time and I was wondering why don't they use the Super Hornet? The legacy Hornet is over 30 years old and showing its age. I ...
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What are these aircraft at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake?

What are these 12 aircraft at the co-ordinates 35.677323, -117.676903? I recognize the F-111 and C-130, but not the others. Source: google maps
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Can I join the Navy after a corrective eye surgery and still be a Naval Aviator?

I currently do not pass the requirements for uncorrected distant visual acuity according to the Navy physical standards document. However, if I were to receive eye surgery to correct my vision before ...
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Do U.S. aircraft carriers still include a Marine Corps squadron?

When I was in the 3rd Marine Air Wing back in the early 70s, there was one Marine Corps squadron on each navy aircraft carrier, but on some shows I've seen recently (mostly on the Smithsonian Channel) ...
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Why does the US Marine Corps fly the Harrier, a VTOL or operationally STOVL aircraft?

The UK flies the Harrier because they have STOBAR carriers, but why does the United States Marine Corps fly the Harrier?
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How did a Soviet SA-3 missile manage to shoot down the F-117 Nighthawk?

This question is about the F-117A that was shot down in 1999. How did an obsolete missile like the SA-3 shoot down such an advanced aircraft for its time? This question has nothing to do with how ...
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Why was the F-117 retired so quickly?

Why was the F-117 retired after so few years in service (Approximately 25 years) while other military aircraft are in service for many decades? Many of the 60 built should still be air-worthy. For ...
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Identify an USAF transport aircraft in Greenland around 1960

Could anybody help me identify this aircraft? It was photographed in Greenland around 1960. Thanks in advance.
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Why would the USAF have no support for autolanding?

One thing I noticed when reading through the KC-10 flight manual (see page 184 for the specific reference) is that the KC-10 lacks support for Category III operations, unlike its civil DC-10 brethren. ...
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Why do military jets sometimes have elevators in a depressed position when parked?

Why do they have elevators in such a position as if the joystick is pushed forward, even though there's nobody inside the cockpit?
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Is the Mil Mi-2 still in production?

I have read conflicting reports that this Russian helicopter is out of production, yet others say otherwise. Could anyone confirm?
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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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What does M mean in A400M Atlas?

Atlas was the guy in Greek mythology that was literally carrying the world/planet in his shoulders. But was does "M" mean? Military? That's a guess, though...

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