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    Default Calling all Wizards...

    Is there a speed at which firing a bullet from a fighter jet could go awfully wrong?

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    if the bullet hits like a baby or a nun or something, yeah. but the speed of the airplane doesn't really matter then

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    In a vacuum, no.

    In air, shooting at high speed is actually similar to pissing into the wind. Yes is the answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loric View Post
    the speed of your mom.
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    I'm an ectomancer... Ballistics, Wind Speed/Resistance, Physics in general aren't really my department.
    But if you want to talk to a dead aunt or something let me know.

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    If the fighter jet is facing a civilian.

    Wait - if you shoot a bullet from inside the fighter jet, you could destroy part of the vehicle and kill yourself. Also, if you are flying a fighter jet and shoot yourself with a handgun you'd probably lose control of the plane.
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    Hmm. To start I am not sure if a modern round would fire in those conditions.

    If it did... The gun/bullet would be traveling the same speed as the jet before firing. Well say the jet is going 1100 ft/s. A 9mm bullet can go up to 1250 ft/s.

    I would guess that the bullet would leave the gun going 150 ft/s faster. Meaning it would lead the jet a few seconds before it started to slow. The jet would probably hit the bullet in about 3 seconds and do no damage.

    If the jet is moving faster than the bullet I am not sure that the bullet would leave the gun. If it did it would be due to force not speed. After that force has deteriorated the jet would pass the bullet. However, I don't think the speed would be enough to actually do damage.

    Kinda like A car going 75mph will do a lot more damage if it rear ends another vehicle that is going 35mph than if the 2nd vehicle was going 65mph.
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    Yeah, from what I've been reading, the bullet will always(?) leave the gun at speed of the object it's fired from + the speed of the bullet.

    So if a Jet is going Mach 3 (~2280 mph) and the bullet leaves the gun at 1000 mph, the bullet would initially move away from the jet at around 3280 mph. Due to bullet drop, I doubt the jet would ever meet the bullet again.

    Makes me wonder if there is a speed at which the bullet starts being effected differently. I might have to take this one to le reddit.

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    I dunno...
    If the gun was fired within the confines of a plane's cabin, for example, the bullet would technically move at it's speed + the speed of the plane. The moment the bullet "detaches" from the plane, it's going to lose that extra momentum really fast.

    Ever throw a bottle out of your car window?

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