Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thank you Richard Whitcomb

Here's what the difference between Mach 0.98 and 1.22 looks like:

YF-102 on top, area rule modified YF-102A on the bottom.

h/t: Planeshots

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Mid Week Rock

Had to give a brief in my Naval Weapons class on the Viper...had fun wiping the floor with the JSF at the end of it by calling it out on account of the fact that no one has any idea how much it will cost. Since we were giving a brief on the Viper, I insisted that we include some music from Iron Eagle (or as I call it, Iron Awesome) at the end of the brief during question time. Here's a (surprisingly) good YouTube comment on the music: "if you put a microphone next to an american flag you'll hear the soundtrack to iron eagle playing. its true."

For those of you that don't know, Iron Eagle is possibly one of the worst fighter pilot movies ever made...the only reason for anyone to watch Top Gun is the fact that it ISN'T Iron Eagle. However, it is worth noting that the movie gave AF brats everywhere in the '80s hope that they too could steal a frontline fighter jet and pilot their dad to freedom, as has been pointed out before by commenters.

Speaking of Top Gun...

Back when men were men and Tomcats ruled the carrier deck...