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Old 03-20-2011, 04:57 PM   #84 (permalink)
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No completely Em PC I know but I'm modelling one of these just now.

The ending takeoff is amazing - they go down the runway and then straight up. Back when we knew how to make stuff.

Full story here. Key passages for me

In 1984, during a major NATO exercise, Flt Lt Mike Hale intercepted an American U-2 at a height which they had previously considered safe from interception. Records show that Hale climbed to 88,000 ft (26,800 m) in his Lightning F.3 XR749. This was not sustained level flight, but in a ballistic climb or a zoom climb, in which the pilot takes the aircraft to top speed and then puts the aircraft into a climb, trading speed for altitude.

In British Airways trials in April 1985, Concorde was offered as a target to NATO fighters including F-15s, F-16s, F-14s, Mirages, F-104s - but only Lightning XR749, flown by Mike Hale and described by him as "a very hot ship, even for a Lightning", managed to overtake Concorde on a stern conversion intercept
[I]So long and thanks for all the fish.[/I]
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