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Composites in aerospace are mostly Kevlar/Epoxy and Carbon/Epoxy, with some fibreglass (which has better compression stiffness than Kevlar and is sometimes combined with it). Carbon composites are severely incompatible with aluminum galvanically, so you can't have carbon and aluminum touching (the aluminum will corrode away) and have to have some kind of ...


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Simply put, because fighter pilots need to look around. If you're reclined too far, and you need to "check your six", it becomes an impossible task. A reclined position does minimize the effects of g-forces, but it also negates the ability to see all around you in 3D.


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Former F-14 RIO Ward Carroll has just uploaded a video on the Blue Angels: At 31m15s, he starts talking about the transition to the Super Hornet. Courtesy of YouTube, here's the relevant excerpt of the transcript: now this year for the first season ever the blue angels have transitioned to the super hornet now this has been ...


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Don't forget the good old space shuttle: Although the shuttle was not landed on the 747, it does demonstrate that it is aerodynamically possible to fly piggyback. The picture illustrates another challenge of trying to land on the back of another plane - you have to clear or otherwise avoid the rudder. And once it landed, the piggyback plane would be ...


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Land-based Mig29s: Many Indian (69 nos.) and some Russian, Egyptian and Syrian Mig29s are upgraded to 'SMT' standard that includes upgraded mission computer, glass cockpit, HUD, digital fly-by-wire, Zhuk-ME radar, increased range to 2,100km, in-flight refueling, among others. The basic objective of this upgrade was to improve range and make this a 'true ...


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