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Why wasn't there a belly gunner on the B-25 Mitchell?

The B-25 Mitchell doesn't have a belly gunner, which would seem quite dangerous. Why didn't it have one?
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Why does the MiG-15 have a cruciform tail?

The horizontal stabilizers of the MiG-15 are halfway up the tail. This is called a cruciform tail. Why did they put them there? Why not a T-tail or the normal tail where the stabilizers are on the ...
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Why are high-g requirements so important for training next generation of fighter pilots?

Background In the development of T-X program, a major step has been the refining of the technical requirements, in particular this "sustained G" maneuver: The sustained G maneuver shall be flown ...
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What are the ejection injury and fatality rates?

Most of us have probably heard about how ejecting from a military aircraft is dangerous in and of itself, and that ejection is not a get out of jail free card. The most common dangers seem to be: ...
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Does the F-16 have any armor at all?

When I read about the A-10 I'm met with statements (e.g. Wikipedia) such as: The A-10 is exceptionally tough, being able to survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high-explosive projectiles up ...
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Why would a fighter use the afterburner and air brakes at the same time?

I was looking for air brake pictures on different fighters, and then I saw a Tornado using afterburner and air brake at the same time! Air brake duty is to reduce speed, isn't it? So why would a ...
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Why do the missiles on an F-16 point slightly down?

I've been wondering this for quite a while: Why do the missiles on the F-16 point down a little bit? I went and did a little searching and found out that the F-16 isn't the only plane that has this ...
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What features enable the Su-25 Frogfoot to operate with such a wide variety of fuels?

It is widely attested* that the Su-25 Frogfoot's engines (the Turmansky R-95Sh and later the R-195) were designed to function using a wide variety of fuels, including diesel, gasoline, petrol, ...
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What was the yearly number of MiG-15's produced?

Wikipedia's article on the MiG-15 only states a basic number of 12,000 produced natively, with up to 6,000 more produced in other countries. But it does not list any years for this. When did mass-...
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Why do the MiG-15 and MiG-17 have a split air intake in their noses?

MiG-15 and MiG-17 both have a split air intake in their nose. However, they have only one jet engine. So why is the air intake split? Wouldn't it be a lot less drag to just let the intake flow ...
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Can an intercepting fighter jet force a small propeller aircraft down without completely destroying it?

A rogue aircraft may fly into a no fly zone, and be intercepted by standard military procedure. That involves increasingly intense attempts to establish communication. When all these fail, it may be ...
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Was the intended purpose of the F-117 Nighthawk originally a stealth-fighter?

Based on this question, I learned that the F and A-Letters in the naming of (military) aircraft reflects what their intended purpose is. A: Attack (Air-to-ground) F: Fighter (Air-to-air) their names ...
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Where did the SOE agents sit in the 161 squadron Short Stirlings?

I asked this question on history.se, where it was recommended I repost here. During World War II Special Operation Executive (SOE) agents were dropped into occupied Europe by No. 161 squadron of the ...
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How much is airspeed reduced on an A10-Warthog when firing its cannon?

I just read on reddit that you could use the recoil of the gun as the propelling force for the A-10 if pointed backwards. There is also a question here on Aviation.SE, saying that the gun has the same ...
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Aircraft Design [duplicate]

As you know, the sandwich panel is widely used in aircraft structures.Commonly used as a core from honeycomb Aluminium or Nomex(Aramid).The question is in the internal structure of some Fighters such ...
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What drives the design decision of where to place the refueling receptacle?

What has driven the decision to place the refueling receptacle behind the pilot and to rear of the plane. Is this simply driven by the change away from drogue and probe and the location decided by ...
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Why do fighter pilots use night vision goggles rather than normal light inside the cockpit?

I've seen military personnel using night vision goggles (NVGs). With their flight altitude, I don't think the enemy can notice them. I thought it may be due to eye strain, but other units use red ...
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Can military officers change occupation to become pilots?

From what I have read, the paths to become a fixed-wing pilot in the Air Force, Navy, and Marines, are to go to a military academy, enroll in ROTC in college, or go to an officer training school after ...
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What are these protruding elements from SU-27's tail?

I recently saw in person SU-27 belonging to the Ukrainian Air Force. I spotted some protruding elements from its tail and I'm wondering what are they called and what do they do?
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What are these engine inlet devices used for?

While looking at the Boeing Chinook CH-47 for this question, I noticed the screens in front of the engines, and found similar devices in other photos: Source: left -- right What are these devices ...
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Why did the RAAF procure the F/A-18 despite being purpose-built for carriers?

Why did the Royal Australian Air Force (and others) procure the F/A-18 despite being purpose-built for carriers?
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What is a compounding wing and how does it increase helicopter performance?

The US Army is developing a list of enhancements for the next generation Apache attack helicopter. Among them this was mentioned: Topping the list of major changes is re-engining with the 3,000-shp ...
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Were there any folding wing biplanes?

Given that several nations had operational carriers by 1920 and biplanes were still in military service, were there any folding wing biplanes? Wikipedia: United States first purpose built aircraft ...
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How do aircraft differentiate between missile locks?

I have explored many similar questions such as: How does a Missile Lock Work? How is a missile lock detected? In reading there respective answers, I have learnt about the multitude of detection ...
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What is this hole on the F-22 Raptor?

I noticed this little hole that is right in front of the cockpit window of the F-22 Raptor. In some photos, it seems to be closed, while in other photos, it's open. Does anyone know (or think they ...
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Why does the F-111 sometimes squirt a giant fire plume behind it? (NOT afterburners!)

As seen in multiple pictures: First, this one, it appears the aircraft is spraying copious amounts of fuel into the exhaust! Surely this provides no thrust, not in the way an afterburner (which the ...
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Was the F4F-1 Wildcat ever built?

The original design for the F4F Wildcat was as a biplane, but with the -2 model, it was redesigned as a monoplane. I am wondering if the -1 model was ever actually built, or did it remain as a ...
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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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Can I log my military training time as PIC, if I have a PPL?

It's my understanding that instrument and commercial training time can be logged as PIC, after you have a PPL. I received my PPL in a standard C-172. I was about to go through and log all my ...
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How do piston engines deal with sea spray (saltwater ingestion)?

From my related question, I want to know about sea spray being ingested into a piston engine during flight. Will this immediately corrode the engine unless there are special materials? I'm asking ...
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How practical is laser designation against helicopters?

Laser designation is a fairly common method for guiding missiles and precision bombs, but how does it perform against aerial targets? Given the ranges and kinematics involved, this method could be ...
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Does an uncovered naval aircraft suffer any weathering affects?

This question is for WW2-era naval aircraft. I noticed that some cruisers and battleships carried a couple seaplanes, launched by catapult and recovered with cranes. Obviously these are unprotected ...
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Is the A-10's cannon effective against tanks?

Perhaps this isn't on-topic, but is the A-10 effective against tanks (tank armour) when using its cannon? For example, this page claims: Using the cannon, the A-10 is capable of disabling a main ...
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Are there countermeasures for semi-active laser homing SAM?

I would imagine sensors that pick up the wavelength/PRF and a couple of emitters trying to flood the seeker. Or could chaff be sufficiently reflective?
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If a circling airplane (AC-130) fires a bullet how does the plane's trajectory alter the shell's flight path?

Background: An AC-130 is a military aircraft that has a cannon that fires out the side of its fuselage. If an AC-130 (or similar aircraft) is traveling in straight, level flight at a constant rate of ...
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Can it be determined from beyond visual range whether an unknown aircraft is armed or not?

In a typical situation, where an unknown aircraft appears on radar, and doesn't respond to any radio message, sooner or later fighter aircraft are scrambled to take a closer look. However, can it be ...
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What is this strange structure, of a type often seen by pilots in hilly regions? [closed]

I spotted a strange structure near a few paragliding spots in italian Alps. It's a screen about 10 meters wide, 6 meters tall, mounted on concrete base on ridge top. Someone said it's a training ...
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Why do “angels” mean MSL, not AGL?

In military aviation, crews will sometimes refer to "angels" meaning MSL altitude. However, one might guess that it is a pronunciation of AGL (AnGeL), above ground level. Did it originally mean AGL ...
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Is it true the F-16 has never lost a dogfight?

(Source) I have heard the F-16 has never lost an air-to-air dogfight - is this true?
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Was differential thrust used in the P-38 to improve turn performance?

In the P-38 Lightning could differential thrust be used to improve turn performance ? If so what was the procedure ?
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How many crew does a P-8 operate with?

According to Reuters, Iran says it refrained from shooting down U.S. plane with 35 on board. The article goes onto say the aircraft was a P-8 Poseidon with 35 on board: Iran refrained from shooting ...
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What is this propeller on the A330 MRRT refueling pod? [duplicate]

Illustration taken from this youtube video Earlier in the video, it can be seen moving: Is it to provide mechanical power for the boom operation ?
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Are well-known IR AAMs 'compatible' with aircraft from other countries?

The AA-2 Atoll was a Russian reverse-engineered clone of the AIM-9B Sidewinder. There are some sources that indicate, with varying degrees of veracity, that it was a good enough clone that the two ...
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Can Python be used onboard systems on aircraft or military jets? [closed]

Was working on a python related to avionics, came across a serious doubt whether code written in python would compile or run on a real time OS used in on board systems.
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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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Can a commercial airliner be used for military purposes?

Is it possible that in case of some very serious emergency, a commercial airliner such as the B777F could be used for dropping bombs or to serve some other fighting purpose? I am simply asking about ...
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How are military aircraft directed to targets?

How would a controller, say, AWACS or ground radar, direct via voice an aircraft to the location of an airborne target? I've seen it in movies, but don't know if they where right, nor did I ...
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Why is the Eurofighter's nose gear door shorter than the bay?

The Eurofighter Typhoon has an interesting "feature" in that the nose gear door is shorter than the nose gear bay itself by a good few inches, as shown here: Can anyone shed any light on the reason ...
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Are there any helicopters with ejection seats?

Are there any helicopters with ejection seats? If so, how is the clearance problem with the rotating blades solved?
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How common is it for military jets to use civilian airports?

Today my wife witnessed 3 fighter jets taking off from Teterboro Airport in NJ. She even took a video. How common is it for military jets to use civilian airports?

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