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John Chapman

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Seriously,

If one of those Steam powered Catapults can take a Jet, that weighes much more then most cars, from 0 - flight speed in 1.5 seconds, imagine how fast that Falcon must be going.

I wonder if it slowed by the aerodynamics of the Falcons shape though ?

Pushing the air that that square little boxy thing pushes might limit its top speed.

Good picture though...

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Bill,

Catapult "end speed" is pre-calculated based on weight of the "victim(s)", and can shoot a 37 ton aircraft off the end at 160 KTS (184 MPH) in just over 300 feet. Fun ride.

The 'Falcon', regardless of coefficent of drag, locked brakes, 27 terrorists in the trunk, and/or 35 knots of wind over the bow <span style="font-style: italic">will</span> leave the flight deck at about 120 KTS... Locked brakes will not slow you down a bit, it only creates great clouds of white tire smoke, two impressive black streaks down the deck, two flat main mounts and results in significant ribbing from one's fellow flyers... a fact that I can attest to from personal experience.

By the way, for trivia buffs, the carrier in the picture is the <span style="font-style: italic">USS Enterprise (CVN 65)</span>. Judging from the deck equipment and the style of the flight deck number on the bow, I'd say the photo was taken in the late 1970's.

JMC

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That Falcon looks exactly like my 1960 pale blue wonder that I had in grad school. Aerodynamics? Forget it! I was in a head wind once (40 mph sustained) where the car's top speed, floored for half an hour, was 50 mph! Oncoming trucks on two lane highways noticably slowed the car as much as 5 mph at times. norasrocket.gif

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