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For questions relating to military aviation or possible effects of a country's military on other forms of aviation.

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cost effective air power [closed]

I came across an interesting speculation that basically wondered if it would be more cost effective to use cheaper jets as fighters in greater numbers. I thought it may be plausible, but I wonder if ...
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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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Why does Pakistan continue to use F-16s?

Why does Pakistan continue to use F-16s even though they have their own JF-17s? What features do Pakistani F-16s have which their JF-17s don't?
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Black aircraft at night no lights with helicopter following - is this a stealth aircraft? [closed]

I have just seen a dark long aircraft fly over my car followed by a long helicopter. I am not an expert at this but it is 8pm, i am on a hill with a few houses, there is a little street light on the ...
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Why does the military not use Engine Condition Trend Monitoring? [closed]

What are the advantages of ECTM and why is it not used in military aviation even though it will help in many ways?
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How to join Air Force Reserve with minor injuries that would interfere with Basic Training? [closed]

Is it possible to get waivers on fitness part of the Basic Training for joining to Air Force Reserve? If not, is there a way to join Air Force Reserves without Basic Training? Are there alternative ...
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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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Is the Boeing AC-25A Banshee a real concept or a gimmick? [closed]

Could this be a feasible concept aircraft to replace the AC-130?
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When escorting Air Force 1, at what safe distance must fighter jets fly?

Air Force 1 is sometimes escorted by fighter jets, either for security reasons or for show. Given that Air Force 1 is a very large aircraft that produces an extremely large amount of jet blast and ...
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Is it legal to shoot down hijacked passenger aircraft in some countries? [closed]

Are there countries which post-9/11 have adopted legislation allowing the shoot-down of passenger aircraft under any circumstances ?
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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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How expensive would it be for ejection seats to be installed on commuter planes?

Statistically, the chances of you being in an aircraft incident are extremely low, and once these seats are in place, you would never have to move them or do maintenance. The only difficult task is ...
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Is there any current knowledge of a 747 being used as a drone for military applications? [closed]

ex. direct action, reconnaissance Current military drones usually carry 4 hellfire missiles. If the military used a 747 drone the payload capacity could increase by a factor of 10.
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How do pilots protect their necks in jet fighters?

My uncle once told a story of a pilot forgetting to strap his neck, which snapped mid-flight and the plane crashed. How do pilots strap their neck properly?
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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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Why shoot down a passenger plane without knowing it will crash? [closed]

Flights threatened by a passenger and flights with lost coms and even flights in technical difficulty without criminal intent and not posing a security threat are sometimes intercepted and escorted by ...
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What measures are taken to ensure military pilots aren't going mad? [closed]

I'm asking specifically about single pilot fighter jets. How do air forces ensure pilots won't go mad and start a war with another country? For example, a pair of B2 pilots could start World War 3 by ...
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QF-16 vs Predator [closed]

What are the major differences in between the flying of, say, a drone like the Predator, versus the QF-16? What changes so drastically in the handling of the aircraft for the remote pilot? Are the ...
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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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Drone swarm technology on missiles [closed]

since drone swarm technology can control large amounts of drones in a coordinated manner, could it also be used on missiles? Imagine an aircraft could launch a few swarms of small missiles (like a ...
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What is this aircraft, and when was it used operationally?

What is this aircraft, when did it serve with the US army, and what was its role? source: americaloveshorsepower.com

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