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09-21-2003, 10:02 PM
Whats the highest ever flown in World war 2?

09-21-2003, 10:02 PM
Whats the highest ever flown in World war 2?

09-21-2003, 10:05 PM
Must have been a Dutch pilot...

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09-21-2003, 10:35 PM
Hortenbrothers wrote:
- Whats the highest ever flown in World war 2?

Good question.

Here are two possible contenders: Ju-86P or the P-59.

"In an attempt to improve the chances of the reconnaissance Ju 86 surviving over enemy territory, the Ju 86R series was evolved. An even higher-aspect ratio wing was fitted, having a span of 104 ft 11 3/4 in. A pair of Jumo 207B-3 engines were fitted, each offering 1000 hp for takeoff. The engines were provided with GM-1 boost (nitrous oxide injected into the supercharger) for use above the rated altitude of the engine. Two versions were proposed, the Ju 86R-1 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft and the Ju 86R-2 high- altitude bomber. A few existing Ju 86Ps were converted to Ju 86R configuration, and tests showed that an altitude of 47,250 feet could be reached and maintained. A few operational missions were flown by the Ju 86R, but the type was eventually taken out of service by July 1944."



"Two General Electric Type I-A centrifugal-flow jet engines drove the unrefined XP-59A airframe to a maximum speed of only 628 kph (390 mph). A number of enemy and Allied piston engine fighters exceeded this velocity so in March 1942, the Bell Company received a follow-on contract for 13 YP-59A test and evaluation aircraft. More powerful General Electric I-16 (J31) turbojet engines powered these and all subsequent production Airacomets. The first of 13 YP-59As arrived for flight-testing at Muroc in June 1943.

One of these aircraft set a new unofficial altitude record of 14,512 m (47,600 ft). Although Bell proposed that the Army Air Forces should acquire 300 P-59 production fighter aircraft, the Army decided to order only 100. Despite the altitude record, the P-59 was clearly outclassed by contemporary piston engine fighters such as the North American P-51 Mustang, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, and Lockheed P-38 Lightning (see NASM collection for these aircraft)."


09-22-2003, 12:05 AM
I'm not sure of the details, but two pilots were involved, Maj. Cheech and his wingman Capt. Chong.


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09-22-2003, 01:04 AM
humm who cares?

I mean in this game you can't go very high without the game engine turning all white after some distance.

Granted flying low really is cool in this game going high up in the sky sux. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif



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