Our first encounter with the Vitesse is on its approach. We hear it, a deep and distant rumble, before we see it. It could be a brewing thunderstorm or a herd of stampeding elephants. As soon as we make out two lights peeping from between the horizon and the tarmac, the sound shifts to a powerful staccato of 16 pressure-charged cylinders. Just a few seconds later, we can feel the air that’s being punched out of the way, and the engine’s sound changes again, this time into an extremely loud, jetlike streaming as the 4400-pound missile rushes by.
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