Date: 16 Aug 99 22:28:21 From: email@example.com (Chris Furse) Organization: Customer of First Link Internet Services, Sydney, Australia References: 1 2 3 4 5 6
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Not Much to do with Concorde Engines But: Flying a RAAF Sabre out of Butterworth in the mid '60's I chased a B2 Vulcan. He was high in the contrails, probably at about 45,000ft, I was flying below the cons at about 38,000 ft. When I pulled up to illuminate him with my gunsight radar(for a simulated sidewider shot) he immediately broke into a maximum rate turn. After about 10 three sixties I was at 52,000 ft (way beyond my safety equipment capability), he was not only about 10,000 ft higher than me, but had also done 11 three sixties. There I was, a hot shot fighter pilot and this wacking great delta winged bomber not only perceived my radar but out turned me to the extent that he could have taken me out. But he only carried Blue Steel not Sidewinders. During Indonesian confrontation with Malaysia most military aircraft from Australia travelled well to the west of Indonesia to get to Butterworth etc. The Vulcans went Darwin Singapore direct at about 20,000 or below cruising at 0.95mach minimum. Even today that is fast. Very difficult to catch On the other hand later at Empire Test Pilot School I found that Vulcan was considered to be a " Large Triangular Aircraft which didn't much care which corner pointed into wind" Regards' Chris Furse.