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Typically pertains to the study of aircraft. Can relate to the theories, design, construction, behavior and use of such craft.

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Did President Carter state that the United States had developed “an invisible plane”?

The book The Presidents and UFOs: A Secret History from FDR to Obama says: Prior to the 1980 election Carter had stated in a news conference that the U.S. had developed “an invisible plane” which ...
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Did Pakistan supply an F-16 fighter jet to China for reverse engineering?

According to Bharat Karnad, in an opinion published in the Hindustan Times in 2017: PAF long ago passed on an F-16 to China for its aircraft designers to study and to reverse engineer many of its ...
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Is travelling by car better for preventing climate change than by plane?

From the Fairfax website traveller.com.au: Tourism and environmental damage: How travellers are ruining the world: Some friends of mine have stopped travelling. Pretty much, anyway. They're ...
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Do airlines increase price on repeat visits?

Where I live in the UK it is a common statement that looking around on comparison websites such as GoCompare or holiday websites such as BritishAirways will result in them using various methods to ...
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Has 2017 been the safest year in commercial aviation?

President Trump seems to be implying that him being strict on commercial aviation led to 2017 having been "the best and safest year on record". When reading carefully, he does not claim that outright; ...
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Has president Trump been “very strict on Commercial Aviation”?

President Trump seems to be implying that him being strict on commercial aviation led to 2017 having been "the best and safest year on record". When reading carefully, he does not claim that outright; ...
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Did an Indian man make an airplane or flying device in 1895?

I've come across a lot of Indian sources claiming that an Indian man named Shivkar Bāpuji Talpade made an airplane or flying device in 1895. Shivkar Bāpuji Talpade (1864 – 1916) was an Indian ...
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Did the US / UK supply the Russians with machinery before or during the Cold War?

I was reading this question on Quora, when I reached the last answer: I visited the Tbilisi Aircraft factory at the end of the Cold War and was astonished to see that MIG fighter fuselages were ...
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Do airlines have a “Do not pair” list of pilots who don't want to work with each other?

What happens when your pilots just don't get along? claims that there are "Do not pair" lists where someone can request not to work with another pilot. For this reason, co-pilots, or first officers,...
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Is paramotoring the safest form of personal aviation?

Paramotoring is the of sport of powered paragliding, where participants strap a 2 stroke motor to their back and a parachute, which they dub a wing, in order to fly. Blackhawk Paramotor, America's (...
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Is there any evidence that laptops in airplanes might be used for terrorist attack?

For some airports in the Middle East passengers are not allowed to bring electronic devices bigger than smartphones into the cabins. According to some news pages (e.g. this article) this ban should be ...
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Do airlines in North America make around $10 profit per customer?

A quick google search returns several articles such as this one claiming that airlines make less than $10 in profit from each customer. I feel there are a few reasons to doubt this premise: You can ...
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Can the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter be detected by WW2 era radar?

According to Pierre Sprey, the technology to detect stealth aircraft (e.g. the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in air by radar has been around ever since the Battle of Britain (i.e. 1940, early World War II)...
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Can you eliminate La Guardia Airport and still move same amount of NYC passengers by air, but faster?

Joel Spolsky (I think) made this claim on latest Stack Exchange Overflow podcast that you can eliminate La Guardia airport in NYC, and even if 100% of La Guardia flyers started using the remaining two ...
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Are women in burqas never strip-searched by the TSA?

An article falsely attributed to Jeff Foxworthy has been doing the rounds: US Message Board The Political Insider Truth of Fiction Above Top Secret It makes various claims and one of the claims are ...
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Is this picture of a bent propeller genuine?

This picture has been floating around the internet recently: Is it a genuine picture or photo-shopped? Or perhaps its some sort of optical illusion similar to the wagon wheel effect?
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Were videos of the Flydubai Flight 981 crash published before the official crash time?

On March 19, 2016, Flydubai Flight 981 crashed in Russia. It is reported (for example on English Wikipedia and Russian Wikipedia to have crashed at 19 Mar 03:42 am MST (i.e. UTC+3) in City of Rostov-...
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Can aircraft be hacked and “commandeered remotely”?

This sensationalist article by John McAfee on Business Insider makes a number of unsupported claims about cybersecurity. In the article, he claims that (emphasis mine): For the purpose of our ...
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Was this Jet Blue airplane snowed in?

This image has been making the rounds of Twitter, which shows a Jet Blue as airplane completely snowed in, with just its tail sticking out. The image is said to have been taken at New York's JFK ...
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Did Boeing and Douglas know about the dangers of square windows before the Comet accidents? [closed]

In aviation circles, the de Havilland Comet is well known not only for being the first jet-powered commercial airliner, but also for the more ignoble distinction of having crashed numerous times due ...
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Air travel risk vs taxi risk

When a person expresses fear about air travel, often somebody will helpfully explain that there is more chance of being killed in a vehicle accident in the taxi on the way to the airport than in an ...
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Did two people in jetpacks fly with an A380?

This video has been doing the rounds of the internet - An Airbus A380 flying in formation with 2 jetpack - and news sites have raised an uproar of critics calling "fake". "Jet(pack) pilots keep ...
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Can Lithium Ion batteries explode or self ignite?

Transport Canada treat lithium batteries as dangerous goods: While most lithium batteries are safe, some have overheated and caught fire. Once ignited, they can cause any nearby batteries to ...
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Is this a photo of the result of a kamikaze attack on a ship in WWII?

A Reddit user titled this photo "Kamikaze hit on HMS Sussex" and it currently has 5,532 points (96% upvoted). Here is a cropped version of that photo: Another user cites Wikipedia: On 26 July ...
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Did NATO Air Forces start shooting down Russian fighter jets?

In the beginning of October, several news appeared claiming that Russian fighter jets intruded the air space of Turkey. They have been intercepted and escorted away from Turkish air space, but no fire ...
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Does the TSA have a fail rate of 95% in breach tests?

Does the TSA fail at a rate of 95% at detecting (fake, "test") terrorists in breach tests, as reported in this news story? The best information that I have about this is a news report. Is there any ...
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How are airplane contrails linked to climate change?

There are a wide range of opinions and articles on this question, and here are some excerpts from a blog on the point Artificial Weather Revealed by Post 9-11 Flight Groundings: In the August 2002 ...
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Do airliners use single physical network for both avionics and passenger wifi access?

BBC reports (emphasis mine): Planes including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus 350 and A380 have a single network that is used by both pilots to fly the plane and by passengers for ...
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Was this Indian from British India the first to strike Berlin during World War I?

This article (since deleted, backup here) came to my eye recently. The article glosses over the exploits of a citizen of British India who, purportedly, rose from utter obscurity to becoming an ace ...
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Is there any legitimate reason as to why airplane mode should be used? [duplicate]

On many devices such as smartphones there is an option for "airplane mode". When enabled all wireless forms of communication are turned off. The idea is this is somehow safer to the airplane, but is ...
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Is a Boeing Honeywell ‘Uninterruptible’ Autopilot System pre-installed on any in-service airliners?

Some sites make the claim that Boeing has installed an uninteruptible ground-controlled autopilot in aircraft such as the 777 with registration 9M-MRO used for missing flight MH370. Notable claims (...
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Are movies with aircraft incidents not shown on planes?

CinemaSins often points out as a sin movies that 'instantly make themselves unavailable for in-flight viewing due to plane-crash sequence' (e.g. Fight Club). Is this true; are there guidelines that ...
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Does fastening airplane seatbelts reduce the risk of death and injury?

The FAA states To keep you and your family as safe as possible during flight, FAA regulations require passengers to be seated with their seat belts fastened: When the airplane leaves ...
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Was there a coordinated action on 9/11 to crash an unarmed F-16 into a hijacked plane?

An article came across my attention describing the events on September 11th 2001 for Heather Penney, an F-16 pilot who had just finished training. She tells the story that she and her instructor went ...
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Was MH17's flight path rerouted?

I was reading this article which is an open letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron from former Russian President, Sergey Stepashin, and Russian Politician President, Sergey Glazyev regarding the ...
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Can lightning bring down a plane?

Some early reports by witnesses to the Air Algérie Flight 5017 crash claim that lightning caused the plane to crash: A GROUP of herders who say they saw Air Algerie flight AH5017 crash claim it ...
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Who fired rockets at Malaysian MH17 flight? [duplicate]

This is still pretty confusing who actually shot down the MH17 flight ? Many news websites claim that the Plane was shot down by Russian-backed Rebels, There is overwhelming, but largely ...
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Can a commercial flight be mistaken for a fighter jet? [duplicate]

There were a couple of incidence where passenger planes were mistaken for fighter jets or military aeroplanes and were brought down with missiles. I am skeptical that if we have such an accurate ...
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Was MH17 shot down?

It has been widely reported that the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crash was caused by the plane being shot down. Example sources: Wired: Why Planes Still Flew Over Ukraine Until MH17 Was Shot Down ...
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Was the video about MH17 done the day before it crashed?

Was the video implicating rebels in the shooting down of MH17 created the day before the crash? Example claim donwload SBU video of recording of rebels talking of downing #MH17 and check the ...
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Did Ukraine set up Russia on the MH17 incident? [closed]

Rebels shot several planes of Ukraine in the last days, after they got their hands on that missile system. Some say that because of this, Ukraine flight control specifically gave directions to the ...
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Do airline pilots decide on flight plan and receive personal bonus for fuel saving?

On the question why MH17 flew over Ukrainian civil war zone, experts say: Malaysia Airlines, like a number of other carriers, have been continuing to use it because it is a shorter route, which ...
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Have airlines as a whole been unprofitable over their history?

I recently overheard a discussion in which it was claimed that the airline industry has generated more losses than profits when we take its whole history into account. This is basically a repeat of ...
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Did Frane Selak survive a fall from a plane?

Frane Selak has been dubbed the "world's luckiest man" for his frequent, apparent escapes from death. One, in particular, strikes me as straight-up absurd: the one about him falling out of a plane ...
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Terabytes of data generated by Boeing Jet every hour

2010 article from gigaom (http://gigaom.com/2010/09/13/sensor-networks-top-social-networks-for-big-data-2/ Sensor Networks Top Social Networks for Big Data) says that twin engine Boeing Jet aircraft ...
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Did an MH370 passenger text a claim of hijacking?

A recent spreading rumour about the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) is that a passenger sent a message claiming to be hijacked: "I have been held hostage by unknown military personal ...
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Is it possible to survive a plane crash on water?

Is a scenario like the one in LOST possible? Is there a possibility of finding a significant number of survivors from a plane crash in the sea? Is there evidence of anything like this having ever ...
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Did planes crash into the WTC on 9-11?

I was looking through the questions tagged 9-11 and noticed the no-planes theory isn't on here. So: Were there planes that crashed into the WTC? Some examples of notable claims asserting otherwise ...
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Do hieroglyphs in Egypt depict aircraft?

In the article, Impossible? 3,000 Year-Old Hieroglyphics Depict Modern Day Technology! Markings of the Fallen Angels?, they claim that there are aircraft depicted in 3000-year-old Egypt hieroglyphs: ...
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How much has Magnetic North shifted in the last few years and would this affect aeronautics?

I was talking to a contractor at a major U.S. airport, a Project Manager who told that they were moving the runways due to the shifting of 'Magnetic North'. I have heard that the poles have shifted ...