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Re: Fighter Jocks.

From: Jerry Han <jhan@c...>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 23:42:56 -0500
Subject: Re: Fighter Jocks.

Allan Goodall wrote:
> On Thu, 12 Feb 1998 16:07:25 -0800, John Leary <>
> wrote:
> >As far as the sonic boom vs WWI aircraft, I think it makes for
> >a great short story.   The presumption that everything will
> >just fall apart as you go by in your jet or never regain control
> >due to the shock wave is a bit much.
> Ooooooh, no it's not! Until late in the war, no one knew how to pull
> out of a spin. It was assumed that a spin was fatal. What's more, it
> took very little to throw a WW1 fighter into a spin. In some, just
> stalling the plane or turning too tightly would do it. The wake of a
> twin engine fighter travelling supersonic should do it, too.

There's a short story on this topic that was published years ago.  I 
read it in one of those short story sci-fi anthologies: Space Fighter
or something like that.  (8-)  

Also remember that WW1 fighters were fairly fragile compared to modern 
counterparts.  What was VNE for a Camel?  100knts?  Granted, she didn't
stall until 40 or 50 or so, but still... (8-)

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