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User currently offlineBlackbird From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4489 times:

I know commercial jetliners like the 707/DC-8/CV-880's speed-gauges often had problems with compressibility effects screwing up the airspeed readings.

During the time-period when supersonic fighters like the F-100, F-101, and F-102 began flying, did they have more reliable speed-gauges (IAS)?

Andrea Kent

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User currently offlineRwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2740 posts, RR: 2
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Quoting Blackbird (Thread starter):
During the time-period when supersonic fighters like the F-100, F-101, and F-102 began flying, did they have more reliable speed-gauges (IAS)?

For supersonic aircraft, you usually have KEAS (Knot Equivilent Air Speed - basically calibrated airspeed with corrections for compressibility) instead of IAS, since a conventional pitot-type airspeed sensor is impossible much past M1.0. Usually you have an air impact pressure sensor facing the breeze, plus some way of sensing the static pressure (itself a problem for supersonic aircraft), and then some way to integrate the two values.

I don't know about the early Centuries, but this was certainly a non-issue by 1960.

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