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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Though it may sound similar, this is not a duplicate of this. The core difference is that the question there is limiting the development of all aircraft, but this is about limiting development of ...
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How viable are Airborne Aircraft Carriers on my alien world?

I have made a world that is a massive flat plane, with the surface gravity and atmospheric pressure of Titan, but a composition similar to Earth. There is one race, humans. Humans have a problem ...
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Can an airforce be developed in secret?

In the course of events in my world (tech = 1920-ish, but no airplanes. Maybe blimps.), a large archipelago nation is invaded by a naval superpower. The archipelago nation, which had been developing ...
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What reason would a military have for large aircraft reasonably co-existance with big rocket powered "flying barges"? [closed]

Premise Having spent a lot of time with Ace-Combat and Highfleet I got to thinking up a table top world a-la Imperial Skies which is set in an alternative 20th century. The setting being developed ...
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There's no space to construct a runway. Are early planes still useful and promising technology?

My setting exists on a huge vertical cliff with no top or bottom, and currently nearing the end of an steampunk-y industrial revolution, putting its tech level somewhere in the range of 1860s to 1910s....
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Would fixed-wing aircraft still exist if helicopters had been invented (and flown) before them?

The current setting i'm working on plays in an alternate timeline to our own in the late 1920's, with one of the key differences being that the helicopter had already been invented in the late 1880's ...
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Could standard aircraft(planes, helicopers, etc.) work as spacecraft in this world?

Ok, so I have this world(or maybe it will just be a dimension depending on how things pan out) called 'The Weird' that has air in space, like Earthlike air(for the most part). Also, the 'planets' or ...
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How advanced and/or important would aircraft be for a species capable naturally of decent to good flight? [closed]

I am wondering how a species capable naturally/supernaturally(with limits) of decent to good flight, i.e capable of flying for hours and possibly can hover, would treat aircraft like passenger jets ...
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How much lift would this multi-winged flying ship generate at 100 kph?

I would ask on aviation, but since this is a hypothetical aircraft, it isn't allowed there. Context: In this alternate history dieselpunk world there are the military branch of the "aeronavy&...
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Would an aircraft covered in radiation-absorbent sponges be invisible to radar?

Context: In this semi-futuristic war history, some militaries looked at the ultra-high performance concrete used in bunkers and thought: "hum, the only problem with bunkers is that they can't ...
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Is it possible for an airplane on the sky to play a sound so loud it could be heard 50km away?

I have a story where one side of a war takes advantage of psychological warfare, where a plane on an altitude of 60k ft or 15.2km has massive speakers to play horrifying, disturbing sounds recorded ...
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Is it possible for turbojet to share parts with turbopropeller or turbocharger?

The situation is the following: there is slowly rebuilt postapo world there is knowledge of "ancient" turbojet engine (including books and possibly even some parts left, though mostly from ...
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Introducing animals to a terraforming Mars by air-drop

So, the moment has arrived: Mars is habitable. Plants, fungi, and even insects have been introduced by air-drop, along with fish and crustaceans introduced as eggs. However, what larger animals could ...
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Intelligent bees build a military dirigible -- how is it different?

For this world honeybees have practical philosophies like those of humans. Their architecture is, overall, near identical to the nest design of real honeybees, and they have the same way of life They ...
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Can we build a radio-controlled flying drone using only pre 2000s military tech?

I have a constantly moving floating island that is looking to augment its air force against numerous threats in the sky. Having long run out of resources that don't grow out of crystals or biomaterial ...
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Would it be possible to build and arm an aircraft like an F14 or F15 without access to semiconductors while retaining similar capabilities?

"Exotic" particle radiation showers my world rendering advanced semiconductors ineffective in carrying out their intended roles in computing. For the purposes of this question the effect is ...
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What should be the "golden ratio" for lifting on a land glider?

Following the comment suggestions, I changed the question from directly asking for real world examples to this. Context: In this setting, some decades after the 2020's, earth had some climatic ...
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When dealing with a drought or a bushfire, is a million tons of water overkill?

The people of the Vorfall Panzer Werkstat gesellschaft build the largest aircraft in the galaxy. The pride of their fleet is currently the Gyre Explorer, which is an aircraft weighing in at 140,000 ...
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Are cheap electric helicopters feasible to produce?

I am designing a human society that exists in the near future. After the development of mass-produced, relatively cheap lithium-sulfur batteries (superior energy density to lithium-ion), electric ...
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Is it more efficient to launch a spaceplane from a space elevator to a destination on the planet, or to simply fly the plane through the atmosphere? [closed]

Suppose you have a planet that needs to send and receive cargo from a space elevator at the equator. Due to various environmental factors, surface-based transportation is unviable so all cargo needs ...
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What are the ideal features for an aircraft to fight flying monsters?

In the real world, combat aircraft are generally classified into two main groups; ground attack planes, which deploy weapons against land targets, and fighter planes, which are meant to destroy other ...
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Saturnian Cloud Cities Pt. 2- Ice-harvester planes

This is my second question in the series Saturnian Cloud Cities. The first one is Would this concept for a cloud city on Saturn work?) So, I am not going into details about the cloud-city here in ...
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Out of what type of cargo plane and at what altitude would the MC jump? [closed]

The main character needs to get from England to Norway, fast, and without anyone (Beyond a smuggler) finding out. He’ll be jumping out of a cargo plane that is flying from England to Norway in the ...
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Would a Single Propeller Back Configuration make more sense for an Anti-Gravity Airplane then a tractor configuration?

I have a setting that is pretty similar to Earth. The tech is at least around WW2 with some steampunk fantasy sprinkled here and there. A global war is about to break out. My civilizations need an ...
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How would differing gravity and atmosphere density affect aircraft?

I'm working on a story that involves a lot of interdimensional travel, but I know little to nothing about building the physics of entire planets. All I know about this one particular planet is that ...
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Achieving VTOL by blowing wind directly in the wings? [closed]

In my story I pictured an aircraft that possess ducted wings that achieve lift by having air blown directly at them, originally by fans, then "bladeless" dyson thrusters that would have been ...
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How could a mostly medieval civilization withstand an invasion by a modern air power? [closed]

In my story a medieval civilization of elves is facing an invasion from a modern day earth power. They have prophetic powers, which have predicted the invasion will happen in ten years, and have that ...
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Would Medieval Paratroopers be useful for sieging castles? [closed]

In my world, there exists giant eagles kind of similar to the ones in LOTR. These eagles are large enough to ride and are domesticated. As a result, people have been using this giant eagles in warfare....
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Would airdropped kinetic projectiles be useful against medieval armies?

In my world, there exists giant eagles kind of similar to the ones in LOTR. These eagles are large enough to ride and are domesticated. As a result, people have been using this giant eagles in warfare....
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What type of world or geography that makes aviation combat more important and superior than ground or naval combat

So I wanted to write an Ace Combat type story but I'm having trouble what type of world that would explain the importance and mass production of aircraft. I tried to look at the map of Strangereal but ...
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Effective Design for Light-Powered Aircraft Engines? [closed]

How would aircraft engines be designed which use magic orbs able to output insane amounts of light for power? In this industrial era setting, ordinary engines exist and are the cheapest option for ...
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Could an aircraft power its flight only by heating the air around it?

Your typical aircraft propels itself by expelling something, may it be air, combusted fuel or even ions. Would it be possible for an aircraft to do none of those things and simply heat the air around ...
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I have an armada of teleporting sky fortresses. Do I still need a navy? [duplicate]

I'm trying to flesh out the military capabilities of my universe and just started to move into defining sea power. When defining the air power I created a few things, the important ones for the ...
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For how much and for how long would a "Closed Cycle Nuclear Thermal Rocket Engine" generate thrust for a floating ship?

Context/TLDR: The "Closed Cycle Nuclear Thermal Rocket Engine" is just a big nuclear steam engine that in this specific case, uses the (non radioactive) water steam to stay in air, at the ...
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Would there be any ways to theoretically have powered flight before the invention of an engine?

Would there be any ways to theoretically have powered flight before the invention of an engine? I am trying to design some way to power a plane before the invention of the engine. I need the plane to ...
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How Big Can An Ancient Bird Powered Glider Get?

What are the practical limitations of a glider made of bronze age materials and pulled by well trained birds? Due to psychics able to control animals, and a cultural fixation with domestication, ...
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Hyper-Agile Submarines?

Building off of another question I asked about the realism of short-range combat in the future, I was thinking about making combat scenarios with small, hyper-maneuverable submarines. These submarines ...
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What modifications do I need to put on my aircraft to fight against drones?

I'm messing with a fictional scenario I created, "What do I do to my ww1-ww2 aircraft to use them to defend against a drone fleet? The "drones" for convenience, think MQ 1 Predator. The ...
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What weapon would this aircraft use against drones? [closed]

I need a weapon pod for anti-drone use to be mounted on a plane. The plane's performance is (roughly) equal to the Japanese Ki-10 biplane, but without all the extra combat bits attached (guns, ammo, ...
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What are some of the structural problems inherent to a kilometer-scale hydrogen airship?

Airships are interesting vehicles, in that they are, as far as I know, the only ones to turn the square-cube law to their advantage. For a proportional increase X in length, width, or height of the ...
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Why would a military use hybrid jet-propeller planes?

Hybrid jet-propeller planes in real lift where a weird thing that existed in the 40s & 50s, no type of them ever saw combat use or even limited production. In modern day not even much research is ...
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Increasing G force tolerance

How can I increase the G tolerance for a person who will be participating in intense side to side/lateral movement as well as some vertical high G maneuvers. Ideally the application should be able to ...
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What kind of propulsion system would work in the air and underwater?

I have a futuristic aircraft that's supposed to be submerged under the sea and to lift off again without an issue. The problem is, I don't know of a propulsion system that could work both under water ...
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How would tough, high flying & heavy "skyships" affect warfare?

When I say this I don't mean airships, with their large & vulnerable gas bags. These Skyships have their lift providing method safely within their armour. Regarding their armour, it isn't light. ...
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Could an Earth-like world use airships as heavy cargo haulers?

I'd like to have freights transported across my world by airship heavy cargo haulers with some passenger variants as well. Imagine the scene with such airships soaring above the land, floating ...
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How advanced could air power get without engines?

In my world, humanity was put on a Earth-like (but not Earth) planet thousands of years ago by an alien species for reasons. Before these aliens left, they created a field around this planet that ...
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What type of safety features would a commercial nuclear jet aircraft have?

Let's say that you have a commercially/privately-operated jet aircraft. It's not something that's going to be used by a single pilot, or someone making mail runs, or a bush pilot; it's more of the ...
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What would the effects of a 25-megaton thermonuclear weapon be on a military vehicle 13.7 kilometers away?

Let's say you have a B-41 nuclear bomb with a yield of 25 megatons. It ground bursts in the direct center of Madrid, Spain. A Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet multirole fighter is flying directly away ...
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Cryogenic Hydrogen Powered Fighter Jets Design [closed]

A possible future power source for passenger airline aircraft is liquid hydrogen, and assuming we solve the safety and infrastructure issues, it's doable and much less sci-fi, as for example, a Martin ...
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Can archers on the ground shoot down a hot air balloon?

As a scenario, let's say that a group of heroes is traveling in a hot air balloon as a proof-of-concept for bandit-proof travel. Some particularly well-armed bandits naturally have taken an issue with ...
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