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    Re: US military to launch fastest-ever plane

    The Falcon started life in 2003, part of a US military research project to build a plane that could reach (and potentially deliver bombs to) any part of the world in less than an hour.
    We deliver all of your explosive ordinance in an hour or less...guaranteed!

    Going that fast sounds cool. Having any issue whatsoever at that speed, not as cool.
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    Re: US military to launch fastest-ever plane

    Quote Originally Posted by roughdraft274 View Post
    How can you ride in this thing and not automatically **** your pants when it hits full speed?
    because it's the acceleration that ****s with you, technically the right time to **** your pants would be before it hits full speed.
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    Re: US military to launch fastest-ever plane

    They should just forgo the stratosphere altogether and shoot for a moon based laser beam.
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    Re: US military to launch fastest-ever plane

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    How many poor bastards died for that thing?
    It is an unmanned aircraft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    How many poor bastards died for that thing?
    Not sure what you mean by this, AS, but it's unmanned.
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    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: US military to launch fastest-ever plane

    Quote Originally Posted by ksu_aviator View Post
    The theory of relativity....you only feel the acceleration, not the steady state speed.
    How long does it take to get to top speed?

    Seems like if you floored it, your brain would be flattened in the back of your head to the thickness of a sheet of paper.

    Of course, it never seemed to bother Hans and Chewy.

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    Re: US military to launch fastest-ever plane

    Quote Originally Posted by ksu_aviator View Post
    It is an unmanned aircraft.
    Indeed - doesn't mean people didn't die ot bring it about. Anytime there's experimental **** being conceived and constructed someone takes a les sthan grand exit in secret.
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    Re: US military to launch fastest-ever plane

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Indeed - doesn't mean people didn't die ot bring it about. Anytime there's experimental **** being conceived and constructed someone takes a les sthan grand exit in secret.
    well, people generally prefer not to climb inside wind tunnels and computer models.
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

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    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: US military to launch fastest-ever plane

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    How long does it take to get to top speed?

    Seems like if you floored it, your brain would be flattened in the back of your head to the thickness of a sheet of paper.

    Of course, it never seemed to bother Hans and Chewy.
    It is just a typical solid state rocket that launches it into a suborbital path where it uses a scram-jet to accelerate to the faster speed. You are probably looking at 10-15 minutes from being on the pad to top speed. But, since it is unmanned, that isn't a factor.
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    Re: US military to launch fastest-ever plane

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Indeed - doesn't mean people didn't die ot bring it about. Anytime there's experimental **** being conceived and constructed someone takes a les sthan grand exit in secret.
    Well, since we are being asinine, how many people died bringing your milk to the grocery store?
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