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What kind of wing shape does the F-22 Raptor have?

The F-22 Raptor possesses a trapezoidal wing configuration: a low aspect-ratio tapered wing wherein the leading edge is swept back, and the trailing edge swept forward to form somewhat of a diamond-shape.

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Airplanes and Aircraft

Why do airplanes use aviation fuel?

Most airplanes need aviation fuel to keep the engines running and to keep the planes in the air. Some dont need aviation fuel like gliders, there powered by the wind.

Nowadays,the technology is so advanced that solar-powered aeroplanes are getting introduced.Maybe we will see them in the coming years.

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Aviation fuel is made to a more-exacting formula than other fuels, and it's tracked for quality from the refinery to the fuel nozzle. The most common aviation gasoline is 100LL (means "low lead"). 100LL was introduced shortly after World War II and has been made the same way ever since. Automotive gasoline, OTOH, is reformulated very frequently and isn't held to quality standards quite as high as avgas is...for the simple reason that bad fuel can kill an aviator but mostly inconveniences a car driver.

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How are fuselage station numbers measured?

Fuselage station numbers are measured based upon distance, in inches, from the Reference Datum.

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Airplanes and Aircraft
Military Aircraft

Is the F-15 Topcat still in use today?

There is no such airplane as an F-15 "Topcat". The F-15 "Eagle" was produced by McDonnell-Douglas and sold to the United States Air Force, as well as Israel, Saudi Arabia and Japan. However, Grumman Aircraft did produce the F-14 "Tomcat", a supersonic variable-wing fighter/interceptor. It was sold primarily to the United States Navy, and some were also sold to Iran before the Islamic revolution in 1979. Beginning in the late 1990's U.S. Navy squadrons flying F-14's were either disbanded or their Tomcats were replaced with F/A-18 Hornets. Although Iran could no longer purchase spare parts from the United States the Iranian Air Force managed to keep some of it's F-14's flying by using or modifying components from other aircraft and manufacturers for use in the F-14.

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Helicopters
The Difference Between
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What is the difference between a Black Hawk and a Pave Hawk?

The UH-60 'Black Hawk' Helicopter was derived from the original Sikorsky S-70 model, and put into service with with the US Army beginning in 1979. It was purchased by the Army as an eventual replacement for the UH-1 'Iroquois', nicknamed 'Huey'. The UH-60 Black Hawks carried greater loads, including more troops, and had greater range. There a great many variants of the Sikorsky S-70 / UH-60, including variants used by the military forces of many nations. There are also US Navy variants of the S-70/UH-60 called the SH-60 'Seahawk'. An army variant of the original UH-60 is an MH-60 'stealth helicopter' version, modified to reduce radar signature. Two of these were used in the special operation by US Navy Seals to get Osama bin Laden. As for the Pave Hawk, this was another variant, the HH-60. This variant was fitted with various special electronic features to aid in search and rescue missions, as well as insertion and extraction of special operations personnel.

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How big is a uav?

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Lighthouses

What is an IFF beacon?

With most military aircraft moving as fast as they do there needs to be a system where you can tell who is on your side - friend - and who is on the other side - foe. An IFF beacon Identifies who is Friend or Foe.

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How can you buy Antonov An-225?

You can't buy one. There is only one that is working and they were supposed to make more but they didn't. And the cost of one is less that 1 billion dollars.

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Oh, come now. If someone REALLY wanted an An-225, and had half a billion dollars or so, Antonov would fix you up because they've got one sitting there half-finished. They say it will cost $300 million to finish the plane, so if you went over there with $500 million they would sell it to you.

And then you'd have to find airframe and powerplant mechanics who speak Russian because that plane is NOT marked in English!

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Military Aircraft

How do you lower the tailhook on a fighter jet in fsx?

if you are in an fa18 hornet, it is in the bottom right hand corner, it is a lever that says (HOOK). on mine i just press shift+Q.

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Fighter Aircraft
Missiles

How many missiles does a fighter jet have?

Typically 2, one on each wingtip launch rail. However underwing missile launch rail pods can be added for special missions, making the total number much larger.

The basic missile load on the F/A-18 is 4, two heat seeking sidewinders on the wingtip launch rails and two radar guided sparrows on fuselage launch rails.

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Very few fighters are limited to two missiles these days (although way back in the 1950s two was a common maximum load).

It depends on the particular aircraft, examples:

F-4 Phantom usual load - 4 radar guided Sparrow + 4 heat-seeking Sidewinder

Su 27 - up to 12 in a mix of radar-guided and heat-seeking (and the option of self-guiding).

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Airplanes and Aircraft

What do the wings and flaps help a plane do?

As the engines compress and ignite a fuel air mixture, and then blow it out the back to push the plane forward, air rushes over the wings. because of the wings shape, the air is thinner above the wing and more air is being pushed down. This creates thrust. So when the pilots pull back on the control yolk, small pannels bend on the back of the wing either up or down, making the plane point eaither up or down, and the engines push the plane forward while the wings keep the weight of the aircraft aloft, as long as the plane maintains a certain speed, known as its stall speed. Flaps are larger panels that create drag (if the pilots use them, or else they lay flat) and slow the plane down, but they also create lift. so its a give and a take. This makes planes slower yet "floaty" on approach. Hope that helps I'm just 14.

ANS 2 - Wings and flaps give 'lift' to an aircraft.

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Airplanes and Aircraft
History of the United States
Military Aircraft

What is the most expensive aircraft of all time?

The Airbus A380

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It depends on how you do the accounting.

Overall programme costs? Individual (fly-away) price?

The B-2 Stealth is probably the single most expensive aircraft type to buy, with its cost ranging from $700 million to $2 billion depending on (again) how you do the accounting.

By comparison the A380 Airbus is about $300 million.

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Military Aircraft

What is datum reference line in aircraft?

Datum is an imaginary vertical plane from which all horizontal measurements are taken with the aircraft in a level flight attitude.

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Helicopters
Airbus
Military Aircraft

What aircraft hovers like a helecopter?

The Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey, Harrier, F-35, anything with VTOL.

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Game Consoles and Gaming Hardware
Military Aircraft

How fast is a f-18 super hornet?

A F-18 super hornet has a maximum speed of Mach 1.8 (1,190 mph, 1,900 km/h) at 40,000 ft (12,190 m)

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Inventions
The Difference Between
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Fighter Aircraft

What is the best jet fighter?

There is no fighter jet that is the best. Each fighter is designed for a purpose like reconaissance or air support. The Fairchild Republic A-10 is probably one of the best close ground support fighters. It incorporates the GAU-8 Equalizer. It will turn a house into a crumpled mess. The SR-71 Blackbird is probably the best Reconaissance fighter due to it being able to cruise at 80,000 ft with a speed of Mach 3.2. The Hornet and Raptor are also well recognized due to them both being all-weather, multi-role, supersonic fighters. The F-35 Lightning II is set to be part of the new fleet of aircraft the Air Force will purchase. It is a fifth generation multi-role supersonic aircraft with stealth technology or (LOW). It is also capable of V/STOL which allows it to take off like a helicopter vertically with only a little bit of forward thrust. If you have ever played Call of Duty you will notice the Harrier will hover over an area. This can hold same true in certain battles to come for the F-35 Lightning II. Also, the Eurofighter Typhoon is modern with high speeds and excellent fighter-bomber qualities.

It is really for you to decide.

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Firearms
Britain in WW2

How long can a Spitfire fire it's guns in battle?

36 secs

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Fighter Aircraft

Do fighter jets refuel in the air?

YES, many fighter jets are equipped with either a probe or a receptacle to receive fuel from a tanker aircraft. This can double a fighters flight endurance. This is very important as fighters use a lot of fuel to take off and get on station quickly.

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World War 2
Germany in WW2
Military Aircraft

What was the fastest fighter plane of World War 2?

The ME 262 would have to be the fastest fighter of Ww2

Answer Me262, the world's first combat jet fighter ever. With a top speed of 540 mph, it outclassed every other fighter the world had to offer. The fighter had poor turning, and attempting to do so in a fight would slow it down. The Me262's immense speed meant that no one could ever hope to outrun it. Once it finished a pass, it could pull up and nothing could track it without stalling first.

In the end, most of the Me262's were destroyed on the ground, and the remaining were captured by American and Soviet troops after the war.

Incidentally, the Me262 wasn't the only World War II-era jet fighter. The Gloster Meteor, a British-manufactured turbojet fighter, was the first and only allied jet fighter to enter combat. It was significantly slower than the Me262, with a top speed of just 415 mph, but it was far more reliable.

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The fastest Fighter in WWII was the ME163 Comet, a German rocket powered fighter, not jet, designed to intercept high flying bombers. Answer

The Me-163 was a rocket with wings and a cannon and was limited to 8 minutes of burn time. It would fly vertically and reach the bomber formations and then glide down for an attack and return to base.

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Military Aircraft

What is the difference between military aircraft and civil aircraft?

Military aircraft are designed to destroy the enemy's military aircraft and (sometimes) their civil aircraft. They also preform bombing tasks as well as a few non-combat tasks. Civil aircraft are mainly transports and crop sprayers that don't do much fighting.

Military aircraft are designed to fulfill a multitude of roles that are specified by the Armed forces that will be using these aircraft. These roles include Air attack as well as air support and defence of other military assets. Transport and surveillence are also key roles that military aircraft fulfill. Civil aircraft are designed to perform commercial transport as well as personal use and sports roles. Civil aircraft have no need for stealth or combat survivability the way military Military aircraft do.

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War and Military History
Airplanes and Aircraft
Military Aircraft

What war was a B-52 bomber used in?

They were most famously used in the Vietnam War, but have also been used in the Gulf War, the Iraq War, and the War in Afghanistan, plus in support of several peacekeeping missions in the 1990s and 2000s.

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Britain in WW2
Military Aircraft
Ammunition

How long does a Spitfire's ammo last in battle?

The Spitfire had 8 Browning Machine guns each with a 300 round magazine firing just about 1200 rpm. Full on guns a blazing would give it about 15 seconds of fire...give or take a second or two.

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Airplanes and Aircraft
Helicopters
Military Aircraft

What is 64 S on a C H?

Sikorski's Model S-64 Skycrane is known in US Army as the CH-54 Tarhe

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Fighter Aircraft

When was the f-14 tomcat invented?

The first flight was on 21st December 1970

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How far can a fighter jet fly?

Depends how much fuel you put in it

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