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Ok, for the F-16 to fire the gun on the ground you need, Ammo, electrical and hydraulic power, hold back tool removed, electrical safety pin removed, rounds limiter set to off or at least 100. No avionics need be powered. Master arm to arm, ground Jett to enable. Squeeze the trigger. The gun will fire until the last round switch opens because it’s out of ...


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All the discussions of engineering difficulties and cost-effectiveness are valid arguments but based on my USAF career in program offices and in operating commands, including 4 years in TAC, it boils down to money and priorities. Once the a/c is operational the program office is concerned with sustainment. They need to provide the engineering, tools, and ...


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They have. For example, look at the wingtips of the P-8. They don’t look like the commercial variant (because the commercial variant will snap off if you hang out in icing conditions for hours), but the wingtips it has essentially work the same way. In general though, the answer to your specific question is that there is no “aftermarket”. Air Force and Army ...


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Winglets work by using the span-wise air flow around the wing tip to generate forward 'lift'. This airflow is highly dependant on the angle of attack, so the winglet needs to be designed for a specific condition or it just adds weight and drag. Airliners spend almost all their time at cruise height and speed while loaded, so it's possible to design a winglet ...


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I think the main reason is that many of these planes were produced before winglets were common Look at a list of USAF planes and see what years each one were produced (I am not including every plane, but most of the common ones) C-5: 1968–1973, 1985–1989 C-17: 1991-2015 (has winglets) C-130: 1954-present E-3: 1977-1992 KC-10: 1979–1987 KC-46A: 2013-present (...


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Virtually any radar in the world can detect and track a stealth aircraft as well as to provide a “kill chain” to direct and guide weapons at it. The key is at exactly what range they can do this and that’s a function of the radar cross section of the target. Stealth aircraft typically, depending on the bearing and azimuth a radar illuminates them from have ...


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