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Subject: why F-18 so slow
former18D    7/6/2014 3:53:16 AM
I've long wondered why the legacy F-18, with engines in the same class of thrust as the venerable F-4 it replaced (J-79 vs F404), is slower than the F-4. The F-4 is often derided as being proof that with enough thrust even a brick could fly. Where is the drag coming from in the legacy F-18 design (which does not suffer from the canted pylons of the larger Super Hornet)? The LERXes? I'd like to hear from those with more aerodynamic perspective than I.
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