In case you haven’t already seen it, watch the Polish Mig-29 Fulcrum “going ballistic” after take-off.
Filmed at the recent RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) at RAF Fairford, UK, the following video shows the Polish Air Force Mig-29 Fulcrum jet beginning its display with an amazing take-off followed by a vertical climb.
Although other fast jets are able to perform the same maneuver, the video went viral because it clearly shows from a good standpoint and through the eye of a zoom the sudden pull and subsequent fast, rocket-like ascension of the Polish Fulcrum.
By the way, we used the term “going ballistic” for the Mig-29’s vertical climb in full afterburner even though the term refers to the ballistic path (similar to the trajectory of a thrown or launched projectile) a jet put into a nearly-vertical climb would follow under the action of gravity, without propulsion.
H/T Giulio Cristante for the heads-up
Actually no, the GE-F110 variants of the F-16 have thrust-to-weight ratios slightly better than 2, and both the Pratt & Whitney and General Electric versions can actually accelerate in a 90-degree climb.
Sure, when that F-16 is flying clean.