And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Not likely. Probably rolled while horizontal on full afterburner, then frame rotated 90°, or else just a split-second in a loop. With a max thrust-to-weight ratio even on burner of only 0.7, going vertical wouldn't last very long. Gravity's a bitch.ReplyDelete
But still a pretty airplane.Delete
I was at a Red Flag at Homestead AFB and watched an F-15 stand on it's tail, kick in the afterburners and go ballistic. It was out of sight in about 3 seconds. It was around dusk and the afterburners lit up half the sky.ReplyDelete
That's how you do it.Delete
Starting with a thrust:weight ratio >1.
The Drakken peaked at 0.7, the F-104 at 0.76, and a Phantom II at 0.86.
It wasn't until the teen series a/c (F-14/15/16/18) that we regularly broke 1, and even the -14 and -18 have to get down to half-loads of internal fuel to get there.
Which was why they became world-beaters.
Until the Mig-29, Russian products couldn't even compete.