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Paladin

Great Trans-Atlantic Air Race and the Hawker Siddeley Harrier

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The B-58 Hustler was a supersonic bomber, not "hypersonic".  Hypersonic refers to speeds over mach 5, the B-58's top speed was mach 2.

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8 hours ago, Paladin said:

The B-58 Hustler was a supersonic bomber, not "hypersonic".  Hypersonic refers to speeds over mach 5, the B-58's top speed was mach 2.

I must be missing something. When and where was it ever said that the B-58 was "hypersonic" ?

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Cut and pasted from your article:

"The race was to take place between the tallest points on each side of the Atlantic, the Empire State Building in New York and the GPO tower in London (Dodworth, 2006).

Each side entered multiple aircraft in various categories. The US originally planned on entering their hypersonic (empahsis added)  bomber, the B58 Hustler. However, with the ongoing conflict in Vietnam, the commitment of military resources for such a publicity orientated display was politically inadvisable, as a result, it was withdrawn.

 

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