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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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How can a military combat pilot indicate surrender?

If a military pilot is captured by an enemy, how can he indicate that he has run out of ammunition to engage in combat or is not in a position to retaliate? Does he use lights, radio, and/or flares?
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What happens if you do emergency landing on a US base in middle of the ocean?

A theoretical situation. I fly from Honolulu International to the Bejing but my private jet gets fuel starvation and then I land on the Wake Island airstrip. What happens next? Would the military ...
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What is the history of “Joker” and “Bingo” fuel terms?

Why do we use, in military aircraft, the words "Joker" and "Bingo" to indicate the fuel status of the aircraft? What is the history of these two terms?
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How willingly does US Military sell fuel? [closed]

Okay. I somehow (Either through a emergency or because I "miscalculated" fuel burn) landed on a US military airfield in a semi rural place in a state in US mainland without a airport pretty nearby ...
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Can a helicopter mask itself from radar?

I have read somewhere that if a helicopter is traveling under 100 km/h and below 5 meters AGL then most radars will ignore it. From what I understand of this process, the radars can pick up things ...
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Were WW2 American fighters designed to operate from dirt airstrips?

Fighter or fighter-bomber planes built in America during WW2, such as the P-36, P-39, P-47, P-51. Were these designed to takeoff and land on dirt airstrips? My impression, and correct me if I'm wrong,...
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Why does the US Marines continue to fly the AH-1 Cobra, retired by the US Army in the late 90s?

My father flew Bell AH-1 Cobra for the United States Army in the late 1970s and a young man in my daughter's USN winging class (July 2017) was being assigned to Camp Pendleton to fly Cobra's for the ...
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Are there any operational, combat capable multicopter drones (as of 2019)?

Are there any small operational military drones with any form of weapons system on board, as of 2019? I'm basically referring to a more powerful, more sophisticated and refined version of something ...
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Can the dome gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress shoot the plane's tail off?

I was at the California Capital Airshow on Mather AFB over the weekend, and came across a beautifully maintained B-17 Flying Fortress. The crew were kind enough to allow people to go inside and take a ...
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What is the relation between clouds and radar effectiveness?

Recently, India's prime minister Narendra Modi commented on how cloudy weather can help a fighter jet escape from radar. Is there any technical reasoning to back these comments? Here is the quote ...
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Possible military aircraft ID, N. Carolina

I was recently in Oak Island, NC and saw the following plane flying above. It was low-flying and much louder and larger than the other small prop planes flying out of nearby Cape Fear Regional Jetport....
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What is the bend in the tip of the blade of the new Black Hawk?

The newer Black Hawks have this angle added to the end of their rotor blades. What is it for? How does it increase or decrease performance? Could this be used on airplane propellers? (...
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Can the Apache detect infrared (IR) lock?

Can the Apache, regardless if it's the AH-64E/D (US) or AH1 Longbow (UK), detect IR lock? I am aware that the Wildcat AH1, Merlin HC3/4 and AH1 Longbow share the same defensive systems that can ...
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Do stratospheric business and military jets use the North Atlantic Tracks?

The North Atlantic Tracks (NATs) are the airways generally used by airliners taking approximate great-circle routes between North America and Europe; due to the wild swings in wind strength and ...
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Why do Air Forces still use bombers?

Something I have wondered about recently, since the advent of ICBM's what is the point of long range bombers like the B2? I understand they have longer range and can carry more payload but wouldn't ...
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How many planes did the Soviet Union lose to Stinger missiles during Afghanistan War? [closed]

I have read Wikipedia articles about the war in Afghanistan, and it is often said that the Stinger had a great impact on the air mobility of the Soviet military. Beside the role of interdiction (A2AD)...
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What military aeroplane seen at Prestwick is this? [duplicate]

I saw this plane flying out from Prestwick airport yesterday but what is it?
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What is the call for when an enemy air-to-air missile has been fired?

In a scenario where a large multi-crewed aircraft was being attacked by a fighter that launched an air-to-air missile what would the call be that would alert the pilot that a missile was in the air ...
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Could a C-130 Hercules be built using WW2 technology?

I'm looking at this as a "time traveller carrying only designs in his head" scenario. Obviously turboprop engines are out of the question, but how close in capability would it be possible to get a C-...
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How effective was WWII bombers self defense anti-air armament?

Bigger WWII bombers like e.g. the B-17 Flying Fortress were equipped with lots of machine guns for self-defense against single-seat fighter aircraft. Wikipedia says: Defensive armament increased ...
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Is it unprecedented for an F-16 to get hit by its own bullet(s)?

According to Dutch state broadcaster NOS, an F-16 was hit by its own bullet(s) in a training exercise: De F-16 die in januari aanzienlijke schade opliep tijdens een oefening boven Vlieland blijkt ...
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What is the meaning of Spirit ###?

This Popular Mechanics article writes (about the B-2 Spirit). Only 543 people have ever flown in the cockpit of a B-2. Upon landing I'll become number 544, with the new Air Force handle "Spirit 544....
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Why aren't the undersides of military aircraft painted bluey-grey to camouflage them against the sky? [duplicate]

Why aren't military aircraft painted a bluey-grey colour to camouflage them against a bluey-grey sky? (I researched this but couldn't find a clear answer)
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Can someone/something other than the pilot trigger the ejection seat?

Let's say there was a two-person jet (take the F-15 for example) that was involved in some sort of accident in the air that incapacitated the pilot (unconscious but still alive) and left the aircraft ...
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Why is the F-35 engine nozzle exposed?

I was wondering why the F-35 engine is exposed. The F-22, F-16 and the YF-23 Black Widow have the exhaust nozzles of their engines blended flush with the fuselage. (YF-23 Black Widow) (F-35) The YF-...
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Do F-22's use cartridge start to start engines?

What method does the F-22 use to start its engines? In the video below, you can see a flap open and flame and steam shoot out as the engine starts to spin up. Is this an example of cartridge start? ...
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What is the breakout by service branch for FAA ATC specialists with military backgrounds?

For young people interested in air traffic control careers with the FAA and who view military service as providing a boost toward that goal, which branches are most and least likely to get them there? ...
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How are modern jets modified to takeoff/land on a dirt runway?

I've been reading a lot about the Soviet and Russian military aircraft, and it seems a lot of them are built to work on dirt runways, or modified to do so. How is this accomplished? Is it a simple ...
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Can a U.S. President have a non-government owned aircraft that would routinely be given the call sign AF1?

Can a US president use a personally owned jet with the call sign AF1? Would the Air Force be obligated to add security and defense measure to this aircraft if the president refused to fly in the VC-25?...
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What happens if Marine One's rotor blades fail?

While I was reading news, I came across this image of Marine One: This is Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Citation of Image 1 Citation of Image 2 On a closer look, I see there are two big exhausts just ...
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What does the “remote control” for a QF-4 look like?

As I understand it a QF-4 is a Phantom which is converted to a remotely controlled plane for use in weapons testing. (Apparently in non-destructive runs, a pilot is still on board for safety, ...
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Why do airplanes bank sharply to the right after air-to-air refueling?

Whenever I see videos on YouTube they bank really sharply to the right after disconnecting from the tanker. Why wouldn't they do a more shallow 30-degree bank? See this video for reference:
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Can a civilian purchase a new (Not Retired) fighter jet? [duplicate]

Let's take a jet like the F22 for example. Strip all the classified systems/weaponry out of it (civilian wouldn't need that), and just leave the basic aircraft itself. Could a civilian technically ...
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Does the US export the Mark 77 aerial bomb? [closed]

The Mark 77 bomb used by US fighter aircraft detonates with an impressive array of inferno when dropped in a cluster which is often done at airshows. Questions Is the Mark 77 bomb solely used by ...
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Could a SR-71 be shot down today?

I've read that the SR-71 had no missile defenses because it could simply outrun any adversary. Is this still true? Or is it unlikely that the SR-71 could operate unimpeded in the face of modern ...
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How do stealth aircraft operate from rough or contaminated fields without ruining their paint jobs?

While thinking about the MiG-29’s dedicated rough-field intakes, I started wondering about rough-field operations for other types of combat aircraft, and, naturally, since most new combat aircraft ...
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What's the point of the Total In-Flight Simulator?

Picture of the contraption: Source: wikimedia.org After a quick research, and Simon's link, it turns out to be a simulator for how different aircraft would handle. And was useful is simulating ...
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How are naval jets moved around below the deck of a carrier?

There are many kinds of jets on an aircraft carrier. I'm curious how they're moved around below deck. They have to be moved around for storage and to get to and from the large elevator that takes them ...
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How fast do the F-35 weapons bay doors open/close during combat ops?

(YouTube) I came across the following Norwegian F-35 video launching a live missile from its right bay door. Of course, opening the door and launching the missile drastically increases RCS, but it ...
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Is there a name for aircraft weapon load photos?

I remember as a kid I had a couple of books full of spec sheets and big glossy photos of military planes with every standard piece of weaponry laid out in front of them, something like this (c/o Tech ...
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What is the stall speed of the KC130?

Saw the video of the helicopter chopping off its own refueling probe. That made me wonder what the stall speed of the tanker is, and how difficult it is to fly slow enough for the helis to keep up.
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Why are special aircraft used for the carriers in the United States Navy?

Why are aircraft such as the legacy F-14 and now the F/A-18 used by the US Navy carriers? It seems to me that developing a new aircraft from the ground up is very expensive. Is it not possible to ...
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Why are military drones shaped so strangely?

Military drones, such as the Predator drone or the Global Hawk, tend to have a weird shape with a whale-like head, and engines concentrated at the back. The wings tend to be of very high aspect ratio, ...
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Which military aircraft does this seem to be? [F-16 vs MiG-21]

Can someone identify the aircraft based on the components, riveting style, or other technical details visible in these crash pictures? a) Based on publicly available details, the chief suspects are ...
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How many variations are there of the Avro Lancaster?

How many different variations of the Avro Lancaster are there?
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Did the XF-84H Thunderscreech really cause “900 sonic booms per minute”?

The Republic XF-84H, known as the "Thunderscreech" was an experimental version of the F-84F Thunderstreak. It was intended to be a supersonic turboprop fighter. Even at idle, the prop tips rotated at ...

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