Questions tagged [aviation]

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

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Are personal electronics a risk to commercial aviation?

Are personal electronics (of present or recent past; e.g. cell phones, mp3 players, iPads) a risk to commercial air travel? Is the typical request to "turn off all personal electronic devices" based ...
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Did a plane hit the Pentagon on September 11, 2001?

Is it possible that a plane hit the side of the pentagon, but did not even scuff up the grass? There are some claims of other anomalies that don't quite match the idea of a plane hitting there; like ...
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Were the Wright Brothers the first to fly?

I'd say it's a commonly held belief that the Wright brothers were the first to achieve controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than air human flight, as it can be found in most history books. ...
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Do airplanes release biological or chemical agents, forming trails?

Since the topic of the week is conspiracy theories, here's one that I've had re-iterated at me a few times. Supposedly these white stripes after airplanes is created by airplanes releasing biological ...
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Are airplanes the safest mode of transportation?

Considering the number of people that use it compared to other transports (cars, trains, boats), do you have less chances to die in a plane? Are there any studies about this?
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Was Iran Air Flight 655 shot down by mistake?

Iran Air Flight 655 is allegedly a case of "mistaken identity". Is it possible for AEGIS with most advanced radar system ever put on a ship, not to be able tell a difference between an F-14 and ...
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Do contrails last long enough to explain chemtrails?

I often hear the claim that "chemtrails" have to exist, because normal contrails don't linger very long. Is there a definitive scientific explanation for why normal contrails sometimes do, in fact ...
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Is the F-35 aircraft literally invisible? [closed]

Donald Trump said of the F-35 "You can’t see it. You literally can’t see it. It’s hard to fight a plane you can’t see" The video of him saying this makes it seem as if he really believes it can't be ...
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Is it possible to fly 4 helicopters anywhere in a country without official knowledge?

According to reports, there were 4 helicopters used in the raid on Osama Bin Laden. They apparently left from Ghazi. Is it conceivable that even one helicopter could be flown so close to the capital ...
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Does Ryanair use cookies to raise the price of their tickets after you have visited the site before?

According to this website, this and a few others, apparently, RyanAir uses cookies to detect whether you've been to the site before and increases the price, presumably because it believes if you're ...
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Can jet lag give you permanent memory and learning problems?

A recent article on Cracked.com, 5 Things You Won't Believe Are Making You Dumber, claims "jet lag gives you permanent memory and learning problems" and cited several studies. But when you look at the ...
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Have there been any credible reports of unidentified flying objects?

A unidentified flying object is just that—a flying object that has not been identified. There need not be evidence of alien hi-jinx. My criteria for a credible UFO report would include: ...
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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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Airplane software crash caused by zero/negative altitude at Dead Sea

I've been told anecdotes like this several times on the interviews. Interviewers used this story as an argument in favor of defensive software development. Here is an explanation from one of the ...
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Does having one fewer child reduce my carbon footprint as much as 71+ people going vegan?

In July 2017, ScienceMag reported on a study: Eating no meat cuts an individual’s carbon footprint by 820 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year [...] by choosing to have one fewer child in ...
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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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Did Gustave Whitehead achieve powered flight before the Wright brothers? [duplicate]

Specifically, this question relates to Gustave Whitehead's achievement, credited with first flight by one state and evaluated by a growing number of historians. This question is specific to Gustave ...
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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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Can airport X-ray machines scramble Kindle screens?

According to the Daily Mail, there have been reports of X-ray machines scrambling Kindle screens, despite Amazon's claims that it is impossible. Can X-ray machines have this effect?
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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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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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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 ...