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Does the routine flown by the Thunderbirds in the F-16 feature true sustained knife-edge flight?

According to the airforce instruction AFI 11-246 V1 'air force aircraft demonstration', the target entry and exit alt are at 500 Ft, with no loss of altitude expected. The instruction applies to ...
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Can an F-16 perform Pugachev's Cobra?

In reality no. But in theory if no FLCS is present, according to the pitching moment coefficient (Cm) curve, then yes. Please refer to the Cm curve from the NASA F-16 wind tunnel data in NASA TP-1538. ...
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Does the infinite focal point in a HUD resulting from the collimation mean the HUD is ALWAYS in focus for the pilot?

The projector and the combiner create a virtual image on the other side of the combiner mirror. This image is perceived like a true image. The eyes need to adapt the focal length to the distance of ...
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How did the engines on the ME-262 work?

The Me-262 engine sucked air into the front of the engine with a series of rotating fans, compressing it. Fuel was then sprayed into the flow of compressed air and ignited, causing the fuel to burn ...
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Would a plane similar to a Lockheed Cl-1201 that is capable of deploying jets mid-air be practical in modern day military use?

An addendum for GdD's answer - the actual mission no longer exists. The fighter carrier concept came from the WWII experience that bombers needed fighter escort to have reasonable survival rate, ...
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Would a plane similar to a Lockheed Cl-1201 that is capable of deploying jets mid-air be practical in modern day military use?

This plane was never built for a variety of reasons: The nuclear reactor couldn't be built light enough, and yet safe enough. It would need to survive a collision with a mountain, and needed 20 feet ...
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First airplane with software?

A RAND report from 1982 suggests that the first digital computer in an aircraft was a fire control system on the F-102, quoting from page 1: "Among the earliest, if not the first, digital ...
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Is there a name for aircraft weapon load photos?

It is rather hard to find if there is a specific name for this sort of photo it appears to be referred to as a weapons Array in this Wikipedia link-(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_ordnance) To ...
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What is the exact blue-green color that used to be popular in cockpits of Russian fighters

According to this model color chart, Mig uses a turquoise shade for cockpit interiors: CMYK (54%, 0%, 10%, 43%), which corresponds roughly to the hue of Pantone 10297 coated: However we don't know ...
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