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originally posted by: WhiteAlaska
I have watched the videos of the uaps and am wondering about where the pilot says they are going 120 knots against the wind, which is 220 kph, and they are filming it, why are planes up in the air when its so windy?
One thing to keep in mind is that not only wind speed can vary based on altitude, but sometimes even direction, which could lead to illusions of balloons flying against the wind, when in fact they are not. This is a common wind pattern near Albuquerque that balloonists use to change directions by changing altitude.
originally posted by: Slyder12
A balloon or drone on the other hand would have a little bit of a tougher time vs an F18 with that much of a head wind if you catch my drift.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
Jet aircraft, especially fighters, fly significantly faster than 120 knots, into or with the wind. At 66,000 pounds, an F-18 has a stall speed (meaning that the wing is no longer producing lift) of roughly 135 knots. They land at between 150 and 160 knots.