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Old 04-17-2008, 11:03 AM   #46
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The largest pieces of titanium ever machined makes up the landing gear on the SR-71. The coolest part: We got the titanium pieces from the U.S.S.R...
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:11 AM   #47
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"Los Angeles to Washington in 64 minutes, averaging 2,145 mph"
That was, I believe, ground to ground. Not from above a marker to above another marker.

I saw the one in Huntsville about ten years ago. I had no idea that the Blackbird was that big.
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:17 AM   #48
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good book about building the SR and others

"Skunk works" by ben rich
http://www.amazon.com/Skunk-Works-Pe.../dp/0316743003
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:17 AM   #49
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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.
There's .sig material in that there post.
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:20 AM   #50
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I was talking to an SR-71 pilot once or should I say I was talking to a lucky bastard and I asked if he had ever experienced engine failure in flight and what would happen? He said no/not yet and hopes it never happens because the aircraft would then become a "giant lawn dart"!
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:24 AM   #51
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Here's that pic with the fuel still leaking at the seams

thanks for that, I resized it.

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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!

I'm just a dumb Canuck . . . I was in my airforce in 1966. (long story)
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:39 AM   #52
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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.
I borrowed a very old fiction paperback book from dad about some new ultra high-tech, speedy submarine and the people on it. I picked it up because the cover shot was a sub that looked like an inverted SR-71 with a narrow conning tower on top. I freaked when I saw that the publishing date on that novel was from 1959...
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:46 AM   #53
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Absolutely, without a doubt, one of the coolest things I have ever read on this site. Thank you.
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:49 AM   #54
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"Aspen 20, I show you at 1,982 Knots across the ground"

Silence on that frequency for the rest of the flight.


edit because I had only said 1,980
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Just back from Prudhoe Bay, IMO it was really worth the trip, AK is a beautiful place & you need lots of time to take it all in. I'm looking forward to returning & exploring some places i didn't have time to ride.RIP Ron Melton
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:54 AM   #55
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They were flying them out of Mildenhall when I was there. Tankers would start taking off a couple of hours prior to the SR. We couldn't violate quite hour, but it was no problem with their proirity . They shake the ground pretty good on take off.
I always wondered about security. Folks would always seem to know when the thing was landing as there were always people at the fence to watch it land.
It was strange to see an airplane sitting on the ground leaking fuel all over the place
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:02 PM   #56
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:10 PM   #57
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and you can't hide anything that flies.
We used to have pretty good air shows in my city.

One of the last that I attended had a fly by of a stealth bomber.

I swear everyone thought the thing was going to be nearly invisable .
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Then I headed over to where my girlfriend works. Greg, the boss, followed us outside and kept trying to tell me about how he went to Las Vegas one time on a motocycle. I was like, "oh-kay, that's great Greg."

Just back from Prudhoe Bay, IMO it was really worth the trip, AK is a beautiful place & you need lots of time to take it all in. I'm looking forward to returning & exploring some places i didn't have time to ride.RIP Ron Melton
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:11 PM   #58
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Pima Air & Space museum, AZ.
In retrospect, I'm now not sure if this was an A-12 OXCART, or SR-71, due to the the Lockheed D-12 drone next to it. The drone:




The aircraft.

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Old 04-17-2008, 01:12 PM   #59
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The amazing thing is how the engines operate. Low speeds the engine operates as a normal turbofan. Above a certain Mach number, all air bypasses the compressor and the engine operates as a ramjet. Amazing engineering.
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:19 PM   #60
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About 23 years ago I was talking flying lessons. My instructor was from either Denmark or Norway I cant remember. He told me a story about how the air defense forces radar used to go deep into Russia. And that once will they were watching they saw a blip at the deepest limit in Russia. On the next sweep the blip had crossed only a short distance on the screen but that 2 other blips popped up behind the first blip. On the next sweep the first blip was almost to the center of the screen and that the 2 following blips were about a quarter of the way across. On the next sweep the first blip was about 7/8 of the way across the screen and that the 2 following blips had only made it halfway. On the next sweep the screen was clear. He said they never heard anything official on what it was but that was something that they had all seen before.
He also had heard aircraft looking for clearances to descend to 80,000 feet.
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