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How does aircraft maintain precise speed, e.g. in formation flying or refueling?
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The key in holding the same speed as your wingman or the other aircraft is not to find the "perfect" throttle position, the key is to slightly adjust the throttle. When you look at cockpit-videos of ...

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What is an afterburner and how long can a jet fly on afterburner?
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By using the afterburner, fuel is injected into the downstream of the turbine. Exit velocity gets higher -> More thrust. Comparison of the generated thrust in an F/A-18C Hornet: Maximum thrust ...

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How can an aircraft hover almost vertically?
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The aircraft in the video is a remote-controlled (rc) airplane. Why it can "hover" is simply: The thrust generated by a big fan / rc-jet-engine is much higher than the weight of the plane. ...

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Why was brown chosen to represent the ground side of an attitude indicator?
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If they used green (like grass) you would have asked the same: "Why didn't the use brown (like soil)?" Blue - brown is easier to distinguish, than blue - green, blue - red or another color-...

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Why don't airliners use in-air refueling systems?
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2019 update: site is dead (now a scam service). See wayback machine here: The people from Cruiser-Feeder http://www.cruiser-feeder.eu/ try to make it happen. Here is part of the abstract from a ...

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What is the minimum distance between two civil airplanes parked in a hangar?
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If you look at some civil-aircraft hangars, you will see that the planes are almost touching each other, as you can see here: The planes are so close to each other to fit a maximum amount of planes ...

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Do military aircraft overflying other countries' airspace require special clearance?
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In switzerland, every aircraft is monitored by the air traffic control. However, if the plane flies without a transponder, it's an unknown aircraft for the ATC-Radar and the military will take the ...

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Why is being a commercial pilot stressful?
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Why is being a commercial pilot stressful? On a normal flight, the pilots take off, communicate with ATC, change some parameters in the navigation computer from time to time, and land. While on the ...

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Why does the Tu-22M3 nose have this peculiar shape?
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The Tu-22M3's nose houses a Leninets PN-AD radar and a NK-45 navigation and attack system. The NK-45 provides improved low-altitude flight, compared to earlier models. Several Tu-22M3's were ...

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