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Why is the F-16 still in service?
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It fulfills the role it was designed for adequately, a replacement is not needed so why would they stop using it? The B-52 Stratofortress was introduced in the 1950s and is still in service. The ...

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Why did the Junkers Ju-52 have corrugated external surfaces?
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The corrugated skins on the JU-52 are a strengthening/stiffening measure: Corrugated skins are less prone to bending when loaded along the corrugation (the same reason we use corrugated boxes for ...

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What is the minimum distance between two civil airplanes parked in a hangar?
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"Don't hit the other planes. Don't hit the walls. Don't hit anything else in the hangar." - that's the minimum safe distance. There may be other requirements (e.g. by fire code: the number of ...

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What can be logged as Total Time?
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The interpretation of "Total Time" I've always seen is the sum of all the other categories. That is, your "total time" should be the sum of your PIC/SIC/Instruction (not as PIC/SIC) time. That said, ...

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Why is the C-xx aircraft series used by multiple manufacturers?
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Trademark law is a tricky thing: Two companies can use the same mark (name) as long as they are in different areas of business - like Apple (the computer company) & Apple (the record label that ...

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How heavy is too heavy to land on a grass strip?
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Your second question is really easy to answer: Q: How do aircraft designers make landing gear that can land on a grass field without plowing into the ground and ripping off? A: Big Fat Low-Pressure ...

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Can fuel be stored in the anti-shock bodies?
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Fuel is stored in fuel tanks, which typically have two requirements: They must be sealed so as to contain the fuel in all probable flight attitudes. (Ideally they will keep it contained in a few ...

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How does CDI work when flying to VOR without DME?
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The change in "sensitivity" of the CDI needle as you approach a VOR has nothing to do with the DME distance - it depends on your lateral distance from the VOR. You could be 5 miles straight up from ...

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Who to call for flight following?
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When you request flight following generally you contact the facility (either approach or center) responsible for the airspace you're in, so your real question is "How the heck do I know whose airspace ...

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What material is the smoothest for air to travel over the wing?
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Well first let's dispel the rumor that wings are "pretty smooth" - ideally (in the dreams of aircraft designers and the mathematical perfection of fluid dynamics modeling) they would be, and they ...

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Is it necessary to strengthen the airframe of an aircraft that is used for sustained low level flight?
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Since the question you're ostensibly asking is "Do you need to strengthen the airframes of aircraft used for sustained low-level flight" let's leave aside the military aircraft in your question and ...

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How does a pilot know if he has headwind, tailwind or crosswind?
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With no visual or instrument references you don't know if you have a headwind, tailwind, or crosswind. You also don't particularly care because you're flying a plane with no way to navigate and ...

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Can a plane fly backward if its propeller is in reverse?
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Fly? No. Wings generally only produce enough lift to keep an aircraft aloft when air is flowing over them in their intended direction. If you reverse the airflow over the wing (by moving backwards in ...

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Is there any System to warn of Runway Incusion?
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Yes, there are several systems. The simplest are REALLY BIG WINDOWS (and binoculars): When the entire wall in front of you is a big expanse of glass looking out over the runway there's a good chance ...

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Is flying at 14,000 MSL safe for children without supplemental oxygen?
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Let me start out by saying that Aviation Stack Exchange is not a substitute for medical advice. Most of us aren't doctors (though I have medical training I am certainly not a doctor), and even if we ...

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How is "information relating to the safety of flight" defined by the FAA?
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The language is intentionally vague. Much like Justice Stewart said about pornography, when it comes to "information relating to the safety of flight" you'll know it when you see it. Birds flying ...

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Is there a name for the area for aircraft to back track near the runway threshold?
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It sounds like you're talking about these: I'm not sure if the designation is "official", but pilots in the US (and the FAA in various documents) usually refer to such areas as a "Runway Turnaround ...

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Is there a tool to learn to pronounce aviation jargon accurately?
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With the exception of abbreviations (like FSDO, pronounced fizz dough) there's not much "jargon" in aviation that's not a standard word in whatever language you're speaking. Words like "dihedral", "...

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How can I know where wind is coming from by looking at water?
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The easiest way to tell the direction of the wind when you're near the water is to look for something on the shore that indicated wind direction (beaches often have flags on them) Barring that there ...

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Under what circumstances is an FAA accident report required?
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Generally you do not notify the FAA, you notify the NTSB (the relevant regulations are in 49CFR, specifically 49CFR830). If you notify the FAA they will contact the NTSB, because the NTSB is the ...

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How do pilots and controllers deal with TFR's that lie directly on an approach?
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There is exemption language in FDC 4/3621 (note the underlined section in the screen grab below): THE RESTRICTIONS DESCRIBED ABOVE DO NOT APPLY TO THOSE AIRCRAFT AUTHORIZED BY AND IN CONTACT WITH ...

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Why is the shape of the cargo compartment similar in large aircraft?
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The answer lies in the existence of something called a Unit Load Device (ULD) -- basically a cargo pod for aircraft that's the equivalent of the shipping pallet. ULDs allow oddly-shaped cargo (bags, ...

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What aircraft might have white wing tip lights?
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You don't tell us if you're viewing this aircraft from the front (approaching you) or the back (moving away from you), so let's look at all the options: Aircraft have three colors of steady-burning ...

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Would a large airliner such as a 747 or an A380 survive an inversion?
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Could it? Yes. Tex Johnson famously performed a roll in a Boeing 707. If performed properly it is a 1G maneuver (the airframe experiences +1G stresses through the maneuver - as far as it's concerned ...

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Is the Falling Leaf maneuver used for UAV recovery?
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The maneuver as described is not a particularly efficient way of losing altitude: You're alternately stalling & recovering from the stall. More efficient descent procedures exist. The technique ...

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Is it possible to "take a bullet [missile]" for another plane as shown in the movie Air Force One?
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Possible and Plausible are two different things. Is it possible to fly a fighter jet between a missile and another aircraft, and either (a) confuse that missile so it follows the fighter instead) or (...

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How can investigators tell the difference between impact damage and explosion damage when investigating debris from a crash?
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The short answer (to the question in your subject line) is that in an explosion the skin is blown outward, and in impact damage it's (usually) blown inward: In other words you can tell the direction ...

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What was the forensic process underlying the recent news regarding MH370 debris?
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If you bring an NTSB investigator a piece of 2024 sheet aluminum with zinc chromate primer and a urethane topcoat all they can tell you is "It's 2024 sheet aluminum, with some paint on it." - BUT if ...

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How is an aircraft with a stabilator trimmed?
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Pitch trim on an aircraft with a stabilator is normally accomplished by moving the entire stabilator and holding it in its new trimmed position either mechanically (using the same mechanism as normal ...

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Why is this VDP not authorized?
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The key is in the part of the procedure description I've highlighted: When local altimeter setting not received use Northeast Philadelphia altimeter setting -- you're using the altimeter setting for ...

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