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Rob McDonald
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Were there any planes used in WWII that were able to shoot their own tail?

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Is it suspicious or odd to stand by the gate of a GA airport watching the planes?

31 votes

Why aren't all fighter jets' engine intakes on top instead of forward?

27 votes

What is a "pickle switch" in civil aviation?

24 votes

Why is a dedicated compressor more efficient than using bleed air to pressurize the cabin?

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Why are trailing edge flaps used for landing?

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Does glide ratio improve with increase in scale?

16 votes

Does FAA track every plane at every airport?

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Can supersonic booms intensify as you fly longer?

15 votes

Are there any known aircraft (experimental, otherwise) with non-fixed vertical/horizontal stabilizers?

14 votes

A plane is flying at constant velocity in equilibrium, then pitches up. What happens?

13 votes

If calculating turbulence is computationally expensive, why not do something simpler?

12 votes
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Why does the F/A-18 have so many lift supplementing devices?

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What would be the range of a cargo 777 full of usable fuel up to MTOW?

10 votes

Why are the back of the wings of some aerobatic planes swept forward?

9 votes

Is there usually vertical movement between the wing and fuselage?

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How does momentum thrust mechanically act on combustion chambers and nozzles in a jet propulsion?

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Why do expansion fans cause oblique shock waves to curve?

8 votes

How do canards reduce the X-59's sonic boom?

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Glider Flying Handbook page 5-6 error on effects of weight to stall speed?

7 votes

What determines maximum speed of a propeller aircraft - Thrust or Power?

7 votes

What does "Rotating airfoils of engines" mean in the US Code of Federal Aviation Regulations?

7 votes

Do aircraft pitch down even at very low angles of attack (below 0°) in a strong sideslip?

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Does the X-59 comply with the "area rule"?

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Is there a reason why the vertical lines of some airplane envelope graphs are not parallel?

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Why isnt the structure of the aircraft affected by high true air speeds or high ground speeds?

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Why should the dust protection on the Mi-17 helicopter not be used above 3000m?

6 votes

What are the complete assumptions and final conclusions from 'Thin Airfoil Theory' in aerodynamics?

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Why do most commercial aircraft have the Center of Gravity before the Aerodynamic Center?

6 votes

Swept outer section of the wing on turboprops

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