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(PHOTO 2 OF 2) : This photo is another one in the sequence of photos during the cobra manouvre. The other (photo 1 - below) is a better quality photo, but this one shows that beautiful and amazing and most of all undeniable curviture of the wing tip smoke that traces the "crazy" and physics defying "rotation" of aircraft on its own centre of gravity ! This is not the last photo in the squence during the manouver, the aircraft flipped backwards even more than this !! Friends, note that 10 photos of the sequence at 3 frames per second means that during this manouvre, the aircraft , for approx. 3 seconds, flies.....BACKWARDS !! That is air rushing into engines, wrong way round (through exhaust nozzles rather than intakes !) This, I am told, at least up to now, is not possible in western type of engines (I stand to be corrected). Interesting, this is not where the engines need most power, instead, that is during the vertical tail slide and recovery from it !

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Jul 16, 2006

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(PHOTO 2 OF 2) : This photo is another one in the sequence of photos during the cobra manouvre. The other (photo 1 - below) is a better quality photo, but this one shows that beautiful and amazing and most of all undeniable curviture of the wing tip smoke that traces the "crazy" and physics defying "rotation" of aircraft on its own centre of gravity ! This is not the last photo in the squence during the manouver, the aircraft flipped backwards even more than this !! Friends, note that 10 photos of the sequence at 3 frames per second means that during this manouvre, the aircraft , for approx. 3 seconds, flies.....BACKWARDS !! That is air rushing into engines, wrong way round (through exhaust nozzles rather than intakes !) This, I am told, at least up to now, is not possible in western type of engines (I stand to be corrected). Interesting, this is not where the engines need most power, instead, that is during the vertical tail slide and recovery from it !

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STEVE SPEARS

I too, have witnessed this aircraft actually fly "backwards." Amazing it doesn't flame out!! (With regards to thrusters becoming intakes) I've heard the F-22 Raptor is capable of such a maneuver as well. A "western!!" I commend you on your talent and look forward to seeing photo 1.