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Fighters and deicing

svcta

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Do fighters need deicing if contaminated by, say, frost?

Also, how does the military handle snow and ice on fighter airframes?
 

Mud Eagle

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Snow and ice is not allowed on the aircraft -- fighters need deicing just like any other airframe.
 

svcta

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Okay, that's what I figured. How about frost contamination. Is that treated just like snow and ice as in the civ. world, too?
 

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Okay, that's what I figured. How about frost contamination. Is that treated just like snow and ice as in the civ. world, too?

I know little about military aircraft but why would they be treated any differently? The science behind a contaminated wing cares little about who operates the aircraft.
 

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It's called inexperience bro...But, I remember my instructor telling me that "the only stupid question is the one you never ask"



I know little about military aircraft but why would they be treated any differently? The science behind a contaminated wing cares little about who operates the aircraft.
 

svcta

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The question is posed for the branching out of a business end. Before money and time are invested I find that it is prudent to become more familiar with aspects of operations with which I am unfamiliar. The only military stuff I fly is old and has round motors. And frost contamination is treated differently in certain ways from airline to airline even.

I appreciate the input.
 
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Just as Mud Eagle said, the aircraft needs to be ice/frost free before takeoff. I've seen it removed by everything from hand held alcohol de-icers to brooms to lance corporals with size nine boots. Or, often it'll melt by the time the aircraft is through with post-start checks.
 

svcta

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Great info, furlo. Thanks!
 

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It's called inexperience bro...But, I remember my instructor telling me that "the only stupid question is the one you never ask"

Easy, I didn't mean anything by it. I only was making the point that contamination is inherently dangerous to any airframe.
 
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