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  •  Still a nice looking plane (2+ / 0-)
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    Otteray Scribe, BlackSheep1

    Even in these days of curved computer-designed surfaces and stealth characteristics. Sort of like the old MG B.

    What a successful design.

    •  Area ruling (5+ / 0-)

      That sexy wasp waist comes from the fact that supersonic drag is in part determined by how much the amount of displaced air changes from nose to tail. If the cross-section of the plane goes from skinny to thick suddenly, that means a lot of drag at supersonic speed. To compensate, where the wings have significant thickness, that's where the body gets narrower.

      Aerodynamicist Whitcomb figured this out after the tubby-bodied F-102 didn't go nearly as fast as it was supposed to. The body was redesigned in the Coke bottle-shaped F-106. Perhaps fittingly, George W. Bush flew lame-o F-102s for the Air National Guard (when he was flying at all).

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:37:40 AM PST

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      •  That drag formulation seems to ring a bell (0+ / 0-)

        I'll bet I heard that described sometime in my murky past in some documentary.

        As for the F-102, I heard once that this plane's mission was pretty much autopilot the whole way except for takeoffs and landings. The pilot took off then ground control sent him off to a calculated launch point whom where the two radar-guided missiles were launched at the intruding bombers. Then it was vector home and the pilot landed.

        Of course takeoffs and landings are (to my layman knowledge) the hardest part of flying. But the impression I got was the F-102 pilot was there to do little more than that. (Or at least that was the plane's role in the ANG screening the Gulf Coast from Cuban attack.)

        Is this anywhere near reality?

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