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Why is the lower deck of the Airbus A380 curved like a single deck airplane?

93 votes

Why don't they build airplanes from 3D printer plastic?

90 votes
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Why don't short runways use ramps for takeoff?

88 votes
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Could a Dyson fan scale up to be used as a bladeless aircraft engine?

72 votes

Locked out of private jet - how do you get in?

69 votes
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What control inputs to make if a wing falls off?

62 votes

Has anyone considered filling aircraft voids with helium to reduce the risk of fire?

61 votes
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Why are prop blades not shaped like household fan blades?

58 votes
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Which are more efficient in putting out wildfires: planes or helicopters?

55 votes

Why are airlines so concerned with checked baggage weight?

53 votes
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Why do cargo airlines frequently choose passenger aircraft rather than aircraft designed specifically for cargo?

48 votes

If a pilot ejects, what is the autopilot programmed to do?

48 votes

Can this helicopter/wrecking ball combo remain airborne?

45 votes

Why do modern fighter jets use 20mm guns?

42 votes

Why do airplanes use an axial flow jet engine instead of a more compact centrifugal jet engine?

42 votes

Why does the Antonov AN-225 not have any winglets?

41 votes

Why do aircraft cockpit displays use uppercase fonts?

36 votes
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What is the rationale for single engine military aircraft?

35 votes
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Can the removal of a duty-free sales trolley result in a measurable reduction in emissions?

34 votes

My ceiling fan preference is to have 5 blades because it's quieter. Do helicopters ever have 5 rotor blades. Why?

31 votes

Are glass cockpit or steam gauge GA aircraft safer?

29 votes

What button did a pilot press that led to them being caught for falsifying experience?

28 votes
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How can skydivers start at 15,000 feet without the jumper suffering from hypoxia?

28 votes

Is Aeroflot flying airliners without brakes?

27 votes
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Is the T-38 wing strong enough to carry any weapons?

26 votes
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Why aren't aircraft built with carbon fiber tubes?

26 votes
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Does a 4 bladed prop have almost twice the thrust of a 2 bladed prop?

26 votes

Why are commercial aircraft windows typically oval instead of circular?

26 votes

How have engineers managed to increase commercial airliner wing aspect ratios over time?

25 votes
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Why didn't early jetliners use turbofans?

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