Ten years ago, spending a day obsessing over energy-maneuverability theory and attempting to conceptualize an all-out, ass kicking fighter aircraft at a fraction of the cost of our national embarrassment (see F-35) was unthinkable.
Buran after landing, with a MiG-25PU or RU alongside.
one century ago.
Sailor for scale.
I was teaching a friend about aircraft recognition and aircraft systems, she asked, “why does it look like he’s crashing?”
I responded, “this is a French pilot landing the shit out of a 1950’s design.”
Then proceeded to describe what a variable incidence wing is.
Two generations of air superiority.
At the limits.
meanwhile, a few miles away from my school…
The first space shuttle landing.
Dat dry lake bed runway.
I do not need to make power points.