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Old 03-15-2019, 03:56 AM   #1
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Default Gear can extend at transonic speed, no apparent drag

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This morning before leaving I quickly loaded up the F-14 (which had just finished installing) in the free flight instant mission to sate my need for the danger zone. Spent about 10 mins mucking about, including diving to 3000 ft, 520 knots and (on a self destructive whim) extending the gear. Not only did the gear survive extension at at 0.8 Mach, but my Tomcat did not even slow down or shake in response! Might need a quick look to see if this is a bug.
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:23 AM   #2
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What was IAS when you were extending the gear? 520? Lowering the landing gear at low indicated airspeed but M0.8 or 0.9 is perfectly plausible at high altitude....SR-71 did it in real life.
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:22 AM   #3
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What was IAS when you were extending the gear? 520? Lowering the landing gear at low indicated airspeed but M0.8 or 0.9 is perfectly plausible at high altitude....SR-71 did it in real life.
As mentioned in the OP, my altitude was 3000 ft. 520 IAS, not TAS or CAS.
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