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Originally posted by BlackThorn311
Aurora Lifting Body
I found this pic of a lifting body used by a US company a few years back when it was trying to determine the effects of hypersonic flight on aircraft.
Kinda looks like the conceptual(?) Aurora.
Originally posted by magnito_student
My question is...how squirrely is the plane at Mach 5 + ? What if you make a sudden turn at this speed, would it tear the pilots suit and body apart?
Originally posted by Briggs
Ummm , lets not forget that back in the 60's
the x-15 Flew at Mach 6 at 30% throttle . and it still had 70% more to go.
So dont assume that we havent made aircraft in the last 40 yrs that cant
fly just as fast or faster than that.
if we do have aircraft like that, we prob wouldnt use them untill the next world ward or unless something threaten the USA with total destruction.