posted on Jul, 24 2013 @ 12:53 AM
I was flying a Sabreliner -8 powered at Fl450 (45,000 ft) and had to cross a rather nasty line of weather. The airliners below me were having to
deviate hundreds of miles to get around the line of storms. I picked my spot to overfly the line and I was clearing the tops by 3000 to 4000 ft. I was
cruising at .80 mach. Just about the time I crossed the line it was as if someone in the cockpit clapped their hands together loudly. The Mach speed
went from .80 to .96....or 96% the speed of sound.
The Saber would talk to you when she was going to fast by starting a rumble that the faster you went the farther forward the rumble would get until
she would depart or do very weird things other than fly.....
I honestly have felt for many years a Sprite went off about the time I was in the cone of it's trajectory...
I have flown over hundreds if not thousands of thunderstorms but that was the only time something like that ever happened. The airlines started
including in their flight manuals to avoid thunderstorms by 25 N.M.
I have no doubt that if I would have been in a Lear 23, 24, or 25 the bird would have done a mach tuck (aircraft violently pitches over and breaks the
tail off) and I would not be here typing this....Yes I flew the Lear jet too.