European High-Speed Train Keeping Pace With a Fighter Jet

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While the TGV was running at 320 km / h in the Breton countryside for the inauguration of the LGV Brittany – Pays de la Loire, it was joined by a Rafale C and an Alpha Jet of the Air Force.Sure, the jet could have kicked things up a notch and outstripped the train, but this is still pretty impressive.

image credit: Puissance Française

At the inauguration of the Brittany LGV – Pays de la Loire. An Air Force Rafale offered a race with the TGV and an AlphaJet also entered the dance. Guess who won?

The TGV passengers who inaugurated the high-speed line on Saturday 1 July 2017 did not expect that. While the TGV was running at 320 km / h in the Breton countryside, it was joined by a single-seater Rafale of the Air Force.

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The Rafale seemed to be square in the sky. And an Alphajet, the same type of aircraft used by the French patrol, was also invited with high-speed passages.

That is to say that the stall speed of a Rafale, that is to say the speed at which the air flow under its wings no longer allows the lift, is 175 km / h. The fighter pilot thus had some margin even if he had to deploy his flaps to fly as slowly, that is to say at 320 km / h. The flagship of French hunting can exceed 2 m, that is to say more than 2 000 km / h.