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Questions tagged [aircraft]

For questions about heavier-than-air artificial objects designed to fly through an atmosphere, including fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. Not for flight-capable living creatures (use [avian]) or lighter-than-air artificial flying objects (consider [airships]). Compare also [flight], [spaceships].

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Chainsaw airplane: Feasibility study

In my dream I have been chased by a plane which had chainsaw blades instead of wings. That woke up my inner worldbuilder and instead being terrified, I started to wonder if something is even possible. ...
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How many aircraft could this submarine aircraft carrier carry on its flight deck? [closed]

I have a humongous submarine aircraft carrier (dubbed a Kharybdis-class submarine) shaped like a triangular arrowhead. This submarine can launch a wide variety of aircraft from its flight deck such as ...
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Dragons vs WW1 airplanes

Dragons, or wyverns, are of course creatures that fly, that are fierce and can participate in dogfights against other dragons. I wouldn't be surprised if in a fantasy world humans domesticated dragons ...
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How would skeptics know that a single-engine plane could not destroy a falling meteor?

So I'm writing a story and decided to use Hida Furukawa as the location. It has a high school with a field of 650 ft that theoretically could be used for a small aircraft to be use to take off. In the ...
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How can a defecting pilot improve their odds of survival?

A bit of context first, this question is inspired by the famous North Korean pilot No Kum-sok, and his defection to the United States during the Korean war. A quick summary, he breaks formation, ...
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Using the atmosphere to increase the efficiency of rocket launches [closed]

Rockets are heavy because they need to transport the fuel as well as the oxidizer agent. For example, the hydrogen is the fuel and the oxygen is the oxidizer. The problem is it makes the rocket heavy. ...
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Is it possible to detect or recognize mammals, fishes or any other sea creatures that swims in an ocean from a flying aircraft?

I am working on a story and I would like to know if it's possible to detect or recognize mammals, fishes or any other sea creatures that swims in an ocean from an aircraft with our current technology ...
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With current or near-future technology, how plausible is an aircraft-based civilization?

A large group of billionaires, engineers, pilots, and volunteers come together to announce the creation of an aircraft-based civilization. Here, people spend most of their lives aboard an aircraft, ...
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is it possible to detect submarines in a sea from an aircraft? if possible how will it be?

While working on my story, I just came up with this doubt. Is it possible to know or to detect something like a submarine in an ocean from an aircraft with our current technology? I mean to detect it ...
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Ability to fly a plane after a century

In the story I am currently working on the plot revolves around this temple that is meant to be lost to time but one day discovered (I’ve made a post about the design of the temple itself before). ...
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Aircraft that can endure high winds and storms

I'm building a world where all continents are Islands. Since I was interested in giving a little bit of science backup on this particular thing, I decided that the weather was mostly windy and ...
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Is this aircraft plausible?

I'm thinking of constructing a flying machine in the comic story I'm working on. Since I'm not an aviation expert, I'll try my best to describe this aircraft and you guys can tell me if this machine ...
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How would SSTO aircraft affect warfare?

In my world, an engine very similar to the SABRE engine has been made. Along with it is the development of WEAV propulsion systems. The SABRE engine is a hybrid between a hypersonic jet engine and a ...
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Could this bubble float with a person inside? [closed]

Related to this previous question: Could a city be built out of Balloons? You can breathe helium in place of nitrogen to have a 85% helium to 15% oxygen ratio. Could a person be put inside a clear ...
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Rebels beating nuclear armed govenment with aircraft carriers [closed]

In an anti-gun debate (I was pro-gun, which is relevant), I used the example of an hypothetical ex-democracy which allowed guns (like the US) and then turned authoritarian with theological ...
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What advantages do Manned Aircraft have over Remote-Controlled Drones?

(For ease of reference, ECT aircraft are the drones, SEDA aircraft are the manned jets) I have the same problem as How to keep humans pilots instead of AI in a sci-fi future?, except I have a few ...
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Is it possible for a manned light aircraft to fly over some area of the U.S. unnoticeably nowadays?

I'm not sure if this question is on-topic here. Perhaps it should be asked on the Aviation SE. However it's not about practical details (I have no intention of doing such thing:). It's just supposed ...
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What would happen to an airplane in space?

What would happen to an airplane in space? Or to be more specific, would anything interesting happen to the plane itself, and would the passengers and crew be able to survive for longer than a few ...
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Depth Charges against Surface Vessels

Previously, a treaty was signed that effectively banned air-dropped bombs, and military versions of rockets and missiles. That treaty leaves a gap as far as Depth Charges go, and this is not precisely ...
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Small-scale aviation without fossil fuels

In my setting, fossil fuels do not exist. I'm handwaving an alternative behavior of radioactive material, and alternative magnetism-like forces. These are explained below. My question now is: Can ...
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Aerial surface assault without bombs/explosives

After the invention of the aircraft and its subsequent use in the Very Big War, the world powers came together and came up with the Plot Device Treaty, setting and expanding on the laws of war. ...
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How would battle strategies change if airplanes had much more limited ranges? [closed]

How would air tactics in a WWII-type war change if airplanes were limited to a flight time of ~15 minutes, had no radio communications, but were also much lighter due to the non-existence of internal ...
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What planetary conditions would make flight easiest for both lighter than air and heavier than air craft?

What planetary conditions would make flight easiest for both lighter than air and heavier than air craft together? The planet is earth like and habitable, but the conditions can be adjusted to suit ...
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Low density air on a planet - effects on civilian and military aircraft (not spaceworthy)

Would aircraft have problems creating lift in a low density atmosphere? How plausible would it be to have jet biplanes, triplanes, possibly even quadruplanes under these circumstances? EDIT: As a ...
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Disk Craft vs Other Military Vehicles [closed]

I think I know the answer to this already, but I'd like to get some input and see what other people think. In the story I'm writing, anti-gravity technology has been developed and UFO-like flying ...
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Could a WWI biplane fly if it were dropped from a high altitude instead of using a runway?

A society lives on geostationary platforms at some vast height above the ground. The platforms themselves are not affected by gravity, wind, etc. Their technology has only just reached the point where ...
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How to create a silent propeller aircraft? [closed]

Which engine type would allow a propeller aircraft to operate silently?
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How long would it take to build a spaceship?

I'm working on a science fiction story which includes the following premise: Tony Stark invents an unobtainium reactionless engine, and the protagonists want to build a spaceship around it, big enough ...
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Delaying the development of aircraft

In my world, I want two primary things: Battleships to maintain their prominence much longer (Story takes place in roughly 1950s era tech), and as part of that, aircraft to initially develop much ...
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Air routes around a “hurricane eye” on a tidally locked planet

On a tidally locked Earth-like planet a big part of long distance air routes would have to approach the hurricane eye and some may even benefit from it. On Earth aircraft are able to save time and ...
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What would be the most efficient design for a ship that is propelled telekinetically [closed]

Suppose you possess a great level of telekinesis capable of molding steel into almost any shape just by concentrating. And you could use it to both create a ship and propel it at almost any speed you ...
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Would an aircraft that uses assisted takeoff and water landing be realistic?

Assisted takeoff is one of several technologies that can possibly boost efficiency of aircraft, as said: Listen to the changing sound of engines during flight and it’s obvious: an aircraft draws on ...
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Wings made of force fields? [closed]

I am trying to work out a system of "energy wings" for large sea-landing spacecraft in the vein of Space Battleship Yamato. Farewell to Yamato (1978) The "wings" would materialize only during sea ...
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Problems When Disguising A Spaceship As An Airplane?

Our Heroes are a small group of people around the level of the heroes of The Skylark Of Space. Operating on a budget of maybe ten million dollars, they've built a spacecraft with a mass somewhere ...
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Mortars on a plane?

I am designing an airborne gunship (think something along the lines of a Lockheed AC-130). I'm considering the different kinds of weapons that could be placed on board. I have an idea that mortars ...
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Feasibility of mothballing passenger jets and cannibalizing some of them

Situation: A huge, well organized group of survivors (including pilots, technicians, etc). A few dozens of passenger jets left that because of shortage of fuel soon would not serve as transport ...
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Cold War: Behind Enemy Lines

It's earlier in the Cold War and tensions between the two superpowers are extremely high. Both are flying regular sorties of fighter craft and strategic bombers loaded with nuclear weapons near the ...
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How can I fund the SNECMA?

The SNECMA Coléoptère was a French VTOL plane that was fairly successful in testing but could not get funding to build a second prototype after the first one crashed on its ninth flight. After that ...
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How to alter the atmosphere as to make aerospace engines highly volatile?

When thinking about a potential answer to this question about preventing flight in a cyberpunk dystopia, I had an idea that I do no possess sufficient knowledge to prove/disprove.  Thus you'll be ...
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How do I prevent flight in a cyberpunk future?

~200 years into the future, most of mankind has been wiped out by war. The remainder lives in walled supercities, to protect them from the hazards of the wastelands - including a nation of machines ...
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Fighting a dragon with modern military units Part II: Airborne First Encounter

So, we have our MEU vs. dragon scenario set up. Harriers launch and zoom overhead as the Marines on the ground hop off their LCACs onto the island and spread out in search of the beast, anti-materiel ...
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Planes in Saturn

So I'm writing a story that takes place in Saturn's atmosphere, and I've run into a bit of a problem. You see, I wanted it to be possible to have some pretty badass scenes with sci-fi fighter jets ...
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How to design a steam powered supersonic aircraft?

Using 19th century technology could we break sound barrier with a manned aircraft running on steam engine only? To qualify the said aircraft must cross Atlantic Ocean with a flight ceiling capped at ...
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How many Sovjet Era transport planes would be required to transport 30'000 Rhinocerotidae to the southern US border unnoticed?

In a world similar to ours, a mad scientist is bent on preventing the ascendance of one certain individual over the rest of the people inhabiting the northern part of the continental America, also ...
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Influence of very stealthy black helicopters on modern warfare

It is 1977 year of a slightly altered history of our world. The Soviet Union has invented, and USA have stolen blueprints (or opposite, USA invented, Soviet Union stole) of a very stealthy flying ...
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What parts do I need for an airport, and how large does it need to be?

I'm trying to design an airport for a city, but have been having trouble with scale and layout. The city in question has heavy air traffic, equivalent to that of London, but when I look at airport ...