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Russian SU-57 vs US F-22s; who would win? [closed]

Let's say that Russia acquired a full squadron of SU-57s. Who would win? So they are flown by the same cloned person and have the same training. Both fighter squadrons have the exact same ground radar ...
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What types of aircraft can TS-1 fuel be used for?

I'm curious to learn about what types of military aircraft can take TS-1 fuel. For example, can a SU-30 or a YAK-130 use TS-1, or do they only take A-1? Also what types of helicopters can take TS-1? ...
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Seeking the memoir of a WWII Luftwaffe pilot

Around 40 years ago, or perhaps a little earlier (say around 1980), I read the memoir (or perhaps the biography) of a fighter or perhaps light-bomber pilot who flew for the Luftwaffe on the Russian ...
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Has this USAF flight violated russian airspace?

Just encountered this interesting flight on FlightRadar24: From the path, it looks like it may have "violated", or let's say, been to, russian airspace. Even if not, one has to wonder what ...
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Did India ever look to Russia for HAL Tejas's engine?

Recently, India signed a deal with the USA for a GE F404 engine for HAL Tejas. Given the lengthy and deep ties India has with Russia, did India ever look to Russia for a jet engine for HAL Tejas? If ...
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Is Aeroflot flying airliners without brakes?

I have just read the news that the Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has deactivated the brakes on nine of its aircraft. Not to dismiss the journalistic talent behind these reports, but could it be that ...
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What is the exact blue-green color that used to be popular in cockpits of Russian fighters

Does anybody know the exact name of the color that was used to paint all Cold War era Soviet fighter cockpits? It’s a blue green color but I’d like to get the exact color as I’m currently building a ...
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Why is the runway at Ulyanovsk Vostochny Airport so long and wide?

According to Wikipedia, the runway at the Ulyanovsk Vostochny Airport is tied for longest in the world (at 5000 meters/16,000 feet), in addition to being the widest (at 105 meters/344 feet). It's not ...
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Do airlines use GPS for critical purposes? If so, why?

It is being reported that airlines in Finland have noticed interference with their GPS signals near Russia. This is causing them to be unable to land at at least one airport: Lithuanian airline ...
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Why do Russian Su-30SM fighters have white nose radomes?

I am intrigued by the white nose radomes on Russia's Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters. Why white? Source These white nose radomes are especially noticeable in naval Su-30SM fighters, as the latter are ...
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Is it possible to start another engine of Mil Mi 8 with one engine started and APU off?

In the 737NG, it is possible to start the other engine without APU if one engine is already started, by routing air from the started engine to the other one. Is this possible in the Mil Mi 8 ...
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Is it possible to use US-made engines in Russian made air-frames? [closed]

Suppose, someone buys 300 Pratt & Whitney engines from the USA and 150 Mig-35 air frames from Russia. Then, they use their in-house expertise to fit those engines to those air-frames. What ...
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What is the altitude required to bypass Russia's airspace restrictions for airlines? [duplicate]

Given that Russia charges a lot for flights over Siberia from Europe to Asia, would flying above the Kármán line (100km) effectively bypass this restriction (from legal perspective) ? If not, what ...
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Why is the nose cone of the Su-34 white?

The title says it all. It can be clearly seen, for example, in this image: (image source: Wikimedia) The rest of the jet seems to have a camouflage.
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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 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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Why is the nose cone of Russian fighters pointing slightly down? [duplicate]

Let's take the Sukhoi Su-30 as an example: The nose cone is clearly pointing a bit downwards with respect to the level of the engines and wings. Why is this? How can this kind of banana even fly ...
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Was any MiG-29 modernized to incorporate digital systems?

Did any air force using the MiG-29 ever modernize their aircraft so that they can fly on fully digital equipment such as the following? Digital HUD Digital fly-by-wire Digital navigation system ...
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Do special procedures exist for commercial pilots flying over Russia?

Since Russia, and in particular the Asian part of it, is huge, I was wondering if there are special procedures for commercial pilots to follow over Russia (in particular and specifically Siberia and ...
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What are heat detection sensors and how can they cause a speed error?

From this news article on Saratov Airlines Flight 703: A report handed down by Russian investigators has blamed human error for the crash of Saratov flight 703, saying the pilots didn’t switch on ...
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Why aren't Russian jet airliners popular even in Russia?

Russia has the proven capability to build large jet airliners. Ilyushin Il-96 Tupolev Tu-204 But, if we take a look at the major airlines in Russia, they don't appear to have Russian ...
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Reason for limited engine fuselage on Sukhoi fighter aircraft? [closed]

To my amateur eye, there appears to be limited fuselage on the engines for Sukhoi fighters from Su-27 on. That is, the fuselage follows the curvature of the engines closely and there is a definite ...
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How do contemporary Russian jet engines compare to Western ones?

How do contemporary Russian aircraft engines like the PS-90A1 and PD-14 compare to similar engines from GE, PW, Rolls Royce and CFM International? How many years/generations they are behind their ...
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What is the meaning of nose-art on the Tu-160 bomber?

The BBC reports another Tu-160 interception on 15 Jan 2018 and it's clear that there is a large message painted on the side of the bomber. Looking at the Wikipedia page, it seems this style of nose-...
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What is this feature on a Sukhoi Su-27? [duplicate]

Most but not all Russian Su-27's (and variants like the Su-30, -32, -33) have a device that looks like a headlight in front of the cockpit. What is it?
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Why is the Su-27 so much larger than the MiG-29?

I was watching the following video of the Russian Knights and Swifts aerobatic teams flying together in formation. The contrast in the size of their airplanes is striking. ...
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Why was the Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut never adopted for service?

This is a rather long question, since I try to cover the historical background which might not be widely known. If familiar with it, you can skip to the "highlighted sections". As part of the ...
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Why is there a white line on Russian fighter jets' instrument panel?

In several Russian fighter jets (e.g., MiG-29, Su-27) there is a white line on the stick that matches with another one on the instrument panel. Is there any reason for this? Cockpit of a mig29 ...
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Why do the engines of the PAK FA (Sukhoi T-50) seem not to be not aligned parallel to each other?

The nozzles of the Sukhoi T-50 seem to be aligned not perfectly parallel. However, it is not very pronounced. What may be the reasons for aligning the nozzles engines not perfectly parallel. Edit: ...
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In what manner was the Vympel R-73 (AA-11 Archer) a game-changer in comparison with NATO's missiles?

I have heard that when the Vympel R-73 air-to-air missile was introduced it was a game-changer. I have also heard that after the collapse of the Soviet block it was tested by NATO (via re-united ...
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Why don't Russian aircraft sell as much as their European/American counterparts?

Are there any reasons other than political why Russian jets don't sell? For a case study, let's compare Sukhoi Superjet and Mitsubishi Regional Jet. Despite being delayed several times, Mitsubishi ...
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Why are Russian cockpit panels painted in turquoise?

Almost all cockpit panels of Russian aircraft types are painted in turquoise, whereas elsewhere the cockpit panels usually exhibit a dark grey color. As this "rule" seems to be quite prevalent, I am ...
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Was any Russian design feature incorporated in modern US fighters jets or vice-versa?

US has bought or sourced many Russian fighter jets. Was any Russian design feature incorporated in modern US fighters jets or vice-versa?
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Why is Mi-35M so huge in size? [closed]

Why is Mi-35M so huge in size? What is the benefit of having an attack helicopter to be so big? If there is no benefit, why wasn't its size reduced? Apache is not as huge as this.
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Where I can get historical jet fuels prices?

I would like to analyze jet fuels prices in 2014. Where can I get jet fuel prices for 2014, only in USA and Russia? As there are different types of fuels, it would be okay to get prices for one (...
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What is a "Russian IATA code"?

On Wikipedia, a few obscure ex-Soviet airports like Tamchy Airport in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan list "Russian IATA codes": IATA: none (ИКУ), ICAO: UCFL "ИКУ" being Cyrillic for "IKU", which is not a ...
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