SR-71 ........ What A Ride !

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by TREE, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. rixcafe

    rixcafe Been here awhile

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    I was an avionics tech with the 9th SRW from 1978 to 1981 and the an instructor from 1985 to 1987. One of the best gigs in the Air force at that time. Beale was a VIP show stop and everything there was top shelf.
    There were SR-71s, U-2/TR-1s, T-38s and KC-135Qs. Q model tankers were fitted with boom interphone for radio free communication after hook up, secure comm/nav and of course a belly full of JP-7. They always flew in pairs so if one aborted there was always a backup. The squadron of T-38s allowed the sled drivers to keep their flying hours up because there was only one, sometimes two SR sorties a day flown out of Beale.
    U-2s are also impressive in their own way. Elegant and simple. The opposite and compliment of the SR. As a maintainer I preferred the Dragonlady.
    The 9th was a very close-knit group of people and I had some of the best times of my life while associated.
  2. klatelm

    klatelm Been here awhile

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    was bored and found this, thank you all for posting, amazing. I always wanted to fly. my mom's uncle flew in ww2, korea and nam he passed away 2 years ago, he drove like a 30 year cop at 94 years old. I saw picture of him and the b-58 hustler he flew and always wanted to do that but I became friends booze instead. btw we are no longer friends
  3. Rafiki

    Rafiki Some Dude

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    Awesome.
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    Just PURE SEXY.
  4. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    As a youngster becoming enamored of aircraft when I first saw the SR71 I thought to myself or somehow had the impression made on me; "we'll win".
  5. zoldar

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    The SR-71 flew out of RAF Lakenheath for a few months in the mid 80s while the runway at Mildenhall was repaired.

    We would head to EOR after roll call every morning just to watch them takeoff. The max climbs we saw were better than anything I ever saw at an airshow. What an awesome plane!
  6. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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  7. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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  8. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    The one announced is simply to deflect interest from the one they already have. Google Aurora spy plane

    Rod
  9. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Gosh, I wonder how they managed to leapfrog the X-51A and acquire hypersonic capability that is only just now being attained. I wonder why they're still working on it. Never heard of Aurora, either.
  10. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    Aurora's been rumored for years. I've kind of started doubting its existence, figured we would have actually seen one by now. I'm not on the need to know list though. :lol3

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  11. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    That is correct, citizen. You've never heard of it because it doesn't exist. Now move along, nothing to see here....
  12. Rafiki

    Rafiki Some Dude

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    Just a couple questions.....

    When was the SR71(with the Turbojet/Ramjet engines) designed and built?

    When did the public know of it's existence?

    When was it taken out of service?

    What took over the SR71's mission?
    Or was that mission deemed no longer needed?

    Edit: I don't really need the answers.
  13. Klay

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    Satellites and drones took over the SR-71's role. I have a few questions for you, too.

    What evidence do you have that the myth/rumor that is Aurora is capable of long-range flight at Mach 6? Mach 5 flight over heavily defended airspace is not survivable.

    What reason would the military have to keep a deterrent like the SR-72 secret? How can something that is secret be a deterrent?

    Somebody here is not thinking things through very well.
  14. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    Exactly.

    The very idea that the military or U.S. Government could keep a highly advanced stealth aircraft or it's development secret from the general public for any length of time, or said "imaginary" aircraft would be of any use whatsoever, is balderdash and blatantly absurd.

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  15. Rafiki

    Rafiki Some Dude

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    On your last statement,I think we agree.
  16. Gimpinator

    Gimpinator This is my Mom's cat

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    The D-21 drone was originally carried on the back of a special "M-21" version of the Blackbird. It could at least match, and probably exceeded the performance of the Blackbird. Kelly Johnson ended the M-21 program after one was lost while trying to launch a drone at Mach 3.5.

    Remaining D-21's were reconfigured to be launched subsonically from B-52's. We flew them over China in the late 60's to keep an eye on their nuclear program. Apparently that ended when the Chinese were able to shoot one down.


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    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1a/M21Ship2-cropped.jpg">

    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3c/B-52_with_D-21.jpg">

    That was 45 years ago. Imagine what we can do now...
  17. jazzmans

    jazzmans fickt euch

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    My dad bought me the model plane kit before the military admitted to the stealth. He was Air Force Intelligence, and just loved that he could buy this off the shelf, while still denying that it existed.
    That being said, I doubt seriously that we have an in-use mach 6 human aircraft.

    I do see very 'different' aircraft when out in the desert east of las vegas on a pretty regular basis.

    jaz
  18. BillsR100

    BillsR100 Happy Paleoflatus

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    When I worked at General Dynamics, San Diego, the group next to me were working on the Aurora, it was mainly just early concept/bureaucratic RFP (Request For Proposal) type work, This was during the Regan Administration.
  19. Klay

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    Edit: I'm mixing up usernames here...thought you were the guy that declared that the Aurora had Mach 6 capability.
  20. Klay

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    Satellite imagery is vastly better than that available early in the SR-71's life. That and high operating costs killed the SR-71 program.