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Why would a country prefer to purchase Su-35 rather than Su-30MK? [closed]

Given that the Su-35 is merely an upgrade from the Su-27, why is Indonesia purchasing Su-35?
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Does a military equivalent to civil ATC exist?

There are specific military ATC facilities, e.g. at military airfields, or temporary airstrips: Mobile ATC towers used by US Air National Guard’s for access to hurricane-devastated areas. Source: AAR ...
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Why were turbojets the first kind of turbo-engines, instead of turboprops?

During WW2, the first jet engines appeared en mass in combat aircraft. Britain and Germany made the first ones. But why were turbojets first? Why not turboprops, which are easier since the turbo-...
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When is a steep takeoff appropriate?

There are plenty of videos of aircraft performing "steep" takeoffs, such as this one. When, if ever, is this kind of takeoff appropriate. What is the procedure?
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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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What are these sensors on the Night Stalkers' Chinook MH-47G?

What are these sensors (or lights) on this heavy assault Chinook MH-47G of the US 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, "Night Stalkers"? Source, picture by Russell Hill This regiment was the ...
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What are the criteria for classifying which generation a fighter aircraft belongs to?

Current jet fighters have been classified as 4th generation, 4++ generation, and so on, with 5th generation being the latest, i.e F- 22. What is the criteria for such segregation? B-2 is a stealth ...
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Did the Stuka Ju-87 really have a radio altimeter? If so, when?

This is what Wikipedia says near the end of its radio altimeter article: The radio altimeter first showed up in the German Junkers Ju-87 "Stuka" dive bomber which was equipped with one for ...
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Is the A-10 Warthog being discontinued?

Popular forum feedback on the A-10 Warthog is that it is held in high esteem however I also read that it is no longer being manufactured. Is this true and why would a highly successful combat aircraft ...
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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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Why are there no Mach 4+ fighter planes?

Why are there no Mach 4+ fighter aircraft? It seems that such aircraft would have massive advantages when it comes to being able to fire longer range missiles and evade return fire.
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Is it allowed to use an ex-military aircraft overseas?

We are considering using an ex US military helicopter in our counter poaching operations in the Central African Republic, while keeping it registered as a US aircraft with the US "N" number. We are ...
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What are the main differences between Flares and Chaff?

Over the years I've heard the two used almost interchangeably but after watching some videos it would seem that they each have specific and particular functions.
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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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Can anyone explain why and how flames shot out of an F/A-18 as it crashed?

Can anyone explain why and how flames have shot out of the left engine of this F/A-18, whose left engine was apparently not generating power, the picture is here. And the source website where I got ...
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What was the takeoff run distance of a Fw 200 Condor bomber/transport?

The Fw 200 Condor was a large plane of Germany during WW2. It was used in recon and bomber roles against convoys. Wikipedia lists several specs including max takeoff weight of 24.5 tons and 4 engines ...
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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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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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How did the gyro gunsights of WW2 get the range and lead of a target?

I just read this article on the gyro gunsight, but I don't understand how it computed range/position to the target and then calculated how much lead is needed. Surely it must have had radar to get ...
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What is breaking away/peeling off in military lingo?

About breaking away or peeling off: Is this synonymous of a wing over? Is this a signal to your wing mates that you are leaving formation deliberately to engage the enemy? Does that mean you would ...
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Can you identify this aircraft photographed during solar eclipse 8/21/2017?

The following sequence of shots was taken about 9.5 minutes before the start of the eclipse, 1:12pm EST. Shooting in burst mode off of a tripod - all 3 shots taken within 1 second. Burst mode is 14 ...
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How does the Mil Mi-35M compare to the Boeing AH-64D Apache?

(Source left, right) How does the Mil Mi-35M compare to the Boeing AH-64D Apache? Both are attack helicopters. I have the following concerns with the Mi-35M: When compared to the largest U.S. ...
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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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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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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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What is this old US Army Air Corps plane?

This photo was taken by my Grandfather in 1918 at Rich Field in Wako, TX. I don't think that it is a Taube because of the front structure, engine type, 4 wheels, fuselage shape, etc.
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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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Where can I find the flight path data for the Russian spy plane that flew over the US on 9 Aug 2017?

Multiple news outlets are reporting that a Russian spy plane, a Tupolev Tu-154M, flew past various locations in the U.S. Politico is reporting that the plane was seen on a flight-tracking website in ...
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Can a jet engine benefit from nitrous oxide boost?

I just read this wiki article again about the GM-1 boost system. This was used in Nazi planes during WW2. It injected Nitrous Oxide (N2O) into the supercharger of the piston engine. The idea was to ...
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How often are drop tanks actually dropped?

I know drop tanks are used to extend the range on many fighter jets, but how often are they actually detached from the plane once empty? A lot of WWII movies and documentaries show tanks being dropped ...
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What prevents miltiary jets and turbo-props from being refitted with a turbofan?

What prevents military jets and turbo-props (such as P-3 Orion) from being refitted with a high bypass turbofan?
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Are warbirds allowed to use afterburners?

Suppose a civilian buys a military jet, for example an T-38. Would he be allowed to use afterburners?
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What is this three-bladed vintage aircraft?

We found this poster at IKEA, EDELVIK Poster 103.776.29. Allposters.com has another poster, which includes the same aircraft, but 2 in formation, possibly the same original photo/artist?
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Why do military pilots report “gear down” during their traffic calls?

I've noticed that military pilots will often say something along the lines of: <airport> traffic, Basher 5-2 left base, full stop, gear down. Why the additional "gear down" call? Shouldn't it ...
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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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Are there limitations in US legislation on a US citizen to own a MiG-15 in Europe?

If US citizen buys cold war era MiG-15 jet fighter aircraft, which: - had been acquired from the museum (facility of the Ministry of Defense one of the European Union countries, member of NATO) by ...
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KC-130: What are the four tanks/tube on the wings in between the engines used for?

On the KC-130, what are the 4 tanks/tube on the wings in between the engines used for? I've seen them in photos but without explanation. I cannot find any mention of them whatsoever. If not storage ...
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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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Why is it not practical for the USN T-45 to be fitted with oxygen systems used in other trainers?

Back in April, the US Navy (USN) grounded all of its T-45 training flights due to issues with the cockpit oxygen system. I personally heard about this before the grounding secondhand from someone in ...
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How do military fighter aircraft identify themselves and each other?

I live in an area where there is much NATO military activity. Often there are various fighter aircraft fly-overs. But none of the common websites such as flightradar24, flightaware and ...
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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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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 does it take so long to develop modern military jets?

In the 1960's, it took three years to produce a flying prototype of an aircraft that flew faster than anything before, was built out of a novel construction material, used a new type of fuel, and was ...
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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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What causes this surface texture, and how does it affect flight characteristics?

The picture on this answer to "What is this plane seen in Mobile, Alabama?" shows a B-52D Stratofortress with a very irregular surface texture. (Source) Were they like this when they were new, or is ...
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What is this plane seen in Mobile, Alabama?

This was taken at the USS Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. It is probably a US Navy aircraft.
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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 do mixed-bag-of-hardware military coalitions handle communications, IFF, et. al. interoperability?

Back in the Cold War era, there were Western-allied air forces on one side using NATO-standard communications and IFF equipment, and Warsaw Pact-allied air forces on the other side using Soviet-...
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Do carrier-less militaries retain the equipment for carrier operations?

"How do jet fighters get to war?" made me wonder if aircraft used by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps for carrier operations retain their carrier equipment when sold to foreign powers who do not ...
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Do carrier-less militaries maintain carrier qualifications on allied boats?

"How do jet fighters get to war?" made me wonder if there was any cross-training for carrier operations between allied nations. While the equipment could be different (see "Do carrier-less militaries ...