reply to post by intrptr
Yeah, I have a thread discussing the damage. It is inconsistent with the head-on impact of a swept-back wing. Besides, the mass of the wing would be
like the straw striking the side of a barn sideways. With the mass spread out over its wingspan, penetration doesn't figure.
This is why missiles are essentially long, dense spears tipped with titanium. By concentrating their mass on a small point at impact, the missile can
penetrate. Same thing with bullets.
I like to use a spear analogy...throw a spear at a tree and it'll impale the tree. Throw the same spear at the tree sideways, and the spear won't
impale the tree. Same mass, same velocity, but because the mass of the spear isn't focused on a small point of impact, the damage is completely
The wings are the spear striking sideways against a forest of trees.
edit on 23-12-2011 by septic because: (no reason given)