At 02:38 PM 2/16/99 +1100, you wrote:
>> PROOF (that CIA fabricated flight 800 records)
>> The distance an object will fall from rest in a
>> given time (t) in a vacuum is found with the equation
>> (.5 * g * t^2)
>umm, i understand that aircraft are seldom at rest when in flight ...
IAN: They are at rest when they're stalled, and that's exactly what it was at 17,000, as I noted.
>Try factoring in the momentum (.5*mv^2) of a 400-to-800 thousand pound
>aircraft (depending on load and fuel status) traveling at maybe 490 knots.
IAN: Try factoring in zero momentum.
>It will slough off some of that M in vectoring down to earth but it still
>'aint going to be starting the trip from rest.
IAN: You don't understand the trajectory, it's not a fall directly from a forward velocity, that's what you're calculating, it is a fall after a sharp upward climb of 3,200 feet in 20 seconds. At the peak the jet stalls and is at ZERO velocity.