Simulations vs. the real world

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Feb 5, 2009
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Not too long ago, when I worked at Sega, I was playing with a flight sim of the F-18 Hornet. I had the settings on realisic. I took the plane up as high as possible until the engines stalled out. I flipped it over, and glided all the way back to a perfect landing on the runway, although the touchdown speed was pretty high. Is this possible in the real world, that an F-18 could glide down from 20,000+ feet to a good landing?

Don't see why not. As long as you don't stall you should be okay. Just a glider with lousy L/D at that point. If the sim allows you to start thermalling I'd be a bit suspicious, though ;)