Science: Jets Are Different

At the Cleveland Air Races, 60,000 spectators snapped their heads from side to side as jet-propelled P-80s, hissing hoarsely, swooped past at nearly 600 miles an hour.* Many wondered how it felt to ride in their hurtling cockpits. Non-jet pilots wondered too, and envied. Handling a P-80, they agreed, was about the most exciting experience a flying man could know.

Speed makes the difference—a higher order of speed. Many military planes can plunge in a power dive, faster & faster until the needle of the airspeed indicator creeps close to the dread red mark...

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