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Old 04-17-2008, 09:45 AM   #31
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OK, I see the tail numbers are different, but why the 2 canopies in the first pict? Was that a trainer???
Top pic with the larger rear canopy is a trainer, camera gear and engineer taken out for an extra set of controls. The second one where you can see the window behind the pilot but no bubble is an operational plane with a engineer in the back.
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:04 AM   #32
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...I was amazed, especially when he explained that the SR-71 was a 60's era aircraft that was still light years ahead of technology in the 1990's...... Fooking amazing.....
What's even MORE amazing is that Hardly Ableson produces and sells technology that is light years BEHIND the 1990's.
Oh wait... TOMORROW is Friday.
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:20 AM   #33
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Thank you TREE. For your post and letting us see a part of American History from the Pilot's seat.

And thank you for serving. Honor and Respect to you and your family!
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:28 AM   #34
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The USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, and the aircraft aboard it, are decommissioned vessels that comprise the Intrepid Air and Sea Museum, at Pier 86 in New York City. The aircraft had been placed aboard the carrier.

The plane is, however, not an SR-71, but its similar looking predecessor A-12.

See: Google Earth at location 40 degrees 45'51.3" N x 74 degrees W.
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:38 AM   #35
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I wonder if there'll ever be another group like Kelly Johnson's Skunkworks?

So many iconic planes.
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:39 AM   #36
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When I was living in the desert east of Palmdale in the mid 80's, I used to see them on final every now and then coming into Plant 42. And you really had to be looking, because they didn't fuck around, seemed like they came almost straight down and put them on the deck as quick as possible.
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:40 AM   #37
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One day, high above Arizona , we were monitoring the radio traffic of all the mortal airplanes below us. First, a Cessna pilot asked the air traffic controllers to check his ground speed. "Ninety knots," ATC replied. A twin Bonanza soon made the same request. "One-twenty on the ground," was the reply. To our surprise, a navy F-18 came over the radio with a ground speed check. I knew exactly what he was doing. Of course, he had a ground speed indicator in his cockpit, but he wanted to let all the bug-smashers in the valley know what real speed was. "Dusty 52, we show you at 620 on the ground," ATC responded.
The situation was too ripe. I heard the click of Walter's mike button in the rear seat. In his most innocent voice, Walter startled the controller by asking for a ground speed check from 81,000 feet, clearly above controlled airspace. In a cool, professional voice, the controller replied, "Aspen 20, I show you at 1,982 knots on the ground." We did not hear another transmission on that frequency all the way to the coast.
That's greatness!


A little search shows this was written by Brian Shul. Here's his website.
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:42 AM   #38
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Most excellent read. Thanks.
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:48 AM   #39
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I always loved that plane.
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:51 AM   #40
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:54 AM   #41
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I've always been a fan of the Blackbird but this story seems somewhat odd to me. The writer claims to have had a model of the plane when he was 10 years old. He later says he graduated from HS in 1966. Even if he managed to graduate at 16 that would make it roughly 1960 when he was 10. I doubt that Revel had models out before Lockheed made the real thing. Also, as I recall the SR71 was top secret for a good part of its early life. Good read but . . . I dunno.
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:56 AM   #42
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Here's that pic with the fuel still leaking at the seams

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Old 04-17-2008, 10:56 AM   #43
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Ive always wanted to go for a ride in one of those and the X-15. I didnt realize they could actually go faster than their "top speed", thats makes it all the more awesome.

Great stories!
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:57 AM   #44
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I've always been a fan of the Blackbird but this story seems somewhat odd to me. The writer claims to have had a model of the plane when he was 10 years old. He later says he graduated from HS in 1966. Even if he managed to graduate at 16 that would make it roughly 1960 when he was 10. I doubt that Revel had models out before Lockheed made the real thing. Also, as I recall the SR71 was top secret for a good part of its early life. Good read but . . . I dunno.
Models (used to) have always come out before the public unveiling. Revell(?) had an F-117 kit that looked nothing like what finally became the first Stealth Fighter.

and you can't hide anything that flies.
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:00 AM   #45
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Here's that pic with the fuel still leaking at the seams
That looks like a restroom on the Delta shuttle to LaGuardia.
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