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Old 1st Jan 2011, 15:10
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Join Date: Jan 2008
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As my previous NASA clip suggests, a jet engine requires to slow down the gasses as they pass through the compressor

The compressor is accelerating the air into the combustion chamber, not slowing it down when the aircraft is static, or at at slow speed. 'Inlet drag' becomes a factor at higher Mach numbers, I believe.
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