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You are missing perspective. Airliners, even smaller ones, are very large relative to most flying objects we're used to seeing (namely, birds). When they are not literally on the ground it is very hard to get proper perspective on their actual speed relative to us, and it looks like they are "hanging" in midair. In addition, planes are going their ...


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Totally didn't get the comparison with jet fighters until reading your reference for Phalacrocorax Carbo, aka great cormorant. The bottom plane is the fish it's pursuing, which makes the entire manuver worth discussing. Cormorants hunt by diving on slower, more maneuverable prey, which have the advantage of the denser medium (water) to turn and force the ...


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