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Happy Hump Day, Oppo.

Here’s an interesting photo. On the left is a Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger (Heinkel called it the Spatz, or Sparrow), designed in response to the Emergency Fighter Program (Jägernotprogramm) to quickly develop a single engine jet fighter in the closing stages of WWII. On the right is a Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, the world’s first operational rocket-powered fighter and the first aircraft to exceed 1,000 kmh (621 mph) in level flight. In the middle is a Gloster Meteor F8 “prone pilot” testbed, which was used to investigate the inertial forces on a pilot flying while lying on his stomach. Turns out that lying down is a bit better at keeping blood in your head than sitting up, but rearward visibility is pretty much nonexistent, and ejecting is problematic. G suits turned out to be a much more practical solution.

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