Talk about the British “scimitar” : The UK’s heaviest carrier-borne fighter jet, which takes off in a strange position

Pictured above is a twin-engined, carrier-based fighter called the Scimitar, developed by British Supermarin in the 1950s.Merlin looked it up. The word originally referred to a single-edged, curved sword of Central Asian origin, but it wasn’t a specific sword, though merlin couldn’t figure out why the British would add the name to a plane.But sometimes…