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111 votes

Why do English-speaking pilots and ATC say "Niner" instead of "Nine"?

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What does "Boeing" mean?

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Has an airplane ever been launched from a submarine?

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How did NASA Langley end up with the first 737?

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Why didn’t the Captain of Cathay Pacific flight 780 shut down engine 1 and land with a more reasonable speed?

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Why are there no "sleeper" planes?

61 votes

Would a slower speed and lower altitude reduce fatal incidents?

59 votes

Why do new jet engines cost billions to design?

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Is it possible to install a bike rack on a Cessna 172?

51 votes

Was the transatlantic crossing for Concorde too short to reach optimal cruising altitude?

50 votes

What is your responsibility when a distraught pilot is on frequency?

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Why did the space shuttle use bias-ply tyres instead of radials?

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Are there any real life instances of aircraft aborting a takeoff or landing to avoid a vehicle?

47 votes

Why then don't aircraft fly even higher, for even greater efficiency?

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Why don't we see business jets with wingtip fuel tanks anymore?

47 votes

Is fuel moved around during flight on a passenger or cargo plane? If so why?

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Why are aircraft coloured in yellow during construction, repair or overhaul?

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Was the Space Shuttle aerodynamically neutral while piggybacking, or did the combination act like a giant biplane?

44 votes

Could an airliner exceed Mach 1 in a zero-G power dive and safely recover?

43 votes

Why was the Concorde painted white and not black?

43 votes

Do pilots really wear "pilot's watches"?

42 votes

Why do airports remove/realign runways?

40 votes

Why was Concorde never sold as a private business jet?

40 votes

If the Captain's screens are out, does he switch seats with the co-pilot?

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How do aircraft windshields not crack when flying at supersonic speeds through precipitation?

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What is a "runaway supercharger"?

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The SR-71 flew at 2193 mph. Mathematically, how can this be Mach 3.3?

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Why pull up on the rollout after landing, after the nose wheel is down?

38 votes

Can passenger airliners hover completely motionless in the air?

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How did pilots avoid thunderstorms and related weather before “reliable” airborne weather radar was introduced on airliners?

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