Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Springfield, OH
Then no, we don't. The F-22 and F-15 have "service ceilings" of about 65K feet. Both are capable of more, but sustaining that altitude gets tough when their top speed is mach ~2.5. The SR-71 is only capable of the altitude because of its speed, and vice versa. Nothing else has ever been designed to fly at 80,000 feet and take pictures of a golf ball. The U-2 can fly at 70,000 feet, but it is more dependent on the surface area of its wings. And due to the density of the air at that altitude, it has to maintain its speed carefully, because it is balanced between stalling and breaking the sound barrier.
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