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Supercruise - What is it?

Supercruise is a term that describes sustained supersonic flight without the use of afterburners, hence the name super (supersonic) cruise (cruising).

The first plane that could supercruise was the English Electric Lightning introduced in 1954. From then on, many other planes had this feature.

Some of them include: the F-22 Raptor, the SR-71 Blackbird, the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Su-35BM, the JAS 39 Gripen, and the Concorde.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You forgot the gripen! Super cruise M 1.2 with center line tank and full AoA load at 25000 feet. Which is far under the optimum height.