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Old 10-10-2012, 19:48   #1
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SR71 Blackbird, a great read

http://t.co/yTNNzTJR

Plus some cool pictures.
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Old 10-10-2012, 19:55   #2
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I remember watching them take off at Kadena AFB on Okinawa in the early 1970's.

Awesome airplane.
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Old 10-10-2012, 19:58   #3
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Considering Kelly Johnson designed this with a slide-rule, just imagine what we have now that's secret. HH
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Old 10-10-2012, 19:58   #4
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The author, Major Brian Shul, spoke at one of our corporate events a year or so ago.
If you ever get a chance to hear him speak, DO IT. He has an amazing story and tells it very well.
Probably the best speaker I've ever heard and I've seen a few.
Very motivational speaker.

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Old 10-10-2012, 20:06   #5
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I wonder just how smart Kelly Johnson was.
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Old 10-10-2012, 20:10   #6
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Read those excerpts from his book a few years back. Pretty cool. I just cant seem to spend $425 for it though.


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Old 10-10-2012, 20:12   #7
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Great read! I believe that the Air Force never should have retired it. The only thing I can think of is they must have developed a usable scram jet.
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Old 10-10-2012, 20:58   #8
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The SR-71 is probably the greatest leap forward in aviation history since the wright brothers. It's development spawned so many other creations. Sled Driver is the one SR-71 book I still want. I have several. I have lived a few minutes away from tail number 968 at the VA Aviation Museum for five years.
I attended an annual SR-71 forum there in 2008 when Blair Bozek was a guest speaker. Bozek was the RSO on board the last Blackbird to be lost due to mechanical failure in '89, number 974. In case you were wondering what one who has gone over 3 and a half times the speed of sound drives, the answer would be a new BMW M3.
Here's one of my favorite pilot stories.
http://wesclark.com/burbank/sr_71.html
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Old 10-10-2012, 22:29   #9
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I believe that the Air Force never should have retired it. The only thing I can think of is they must have developed a usable scram jet.
Satellite reconnaissance replaced the SR-71.
Satellites can do it cheaper and more efficiently.
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Old 10-10-2012, 22:38   #10
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Be sure to check out the skunk works special on military channel and great planes!
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Be sure to check out the skunk works special on military channel and great planes!
The SR-71 could fly coast-to-coast during their commercial breaks alone. HH
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Old 10-10-2012, 23:00   #12
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Satellite reconnaissance replaced the SR-71.
Satellites can do it cheaper and more efficiently.
In theory yes, in reality.....

This is the reason the SR-71 was retired and then brought back. The satellite can do the job, but re-tasking the satellite took too long. Or so I have been told by someone who should have had the right job at that time to know.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:48   #13
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Satellite reconnaissance replaced the SR-71.
Satellites can do it cheaper and more efficiently.
And more predictably. ie they know when it's coming.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:16   #14
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Great read! I believe that the Air Force never should have retired it. The only thing I can think of is they must have developed a usable scram jet.
Satellites, the Key Hole-12 Advanced Crystal/Lacrosse/FIA, do a better job.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:15   #15
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Satellites, the Key Hole-12 Advanced Crystal/Lacrosse/FIA, do a better job.
Dont forget UAV's.
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Dont forget UAV's.
You have to own the airspace to use a drone or there has to be an unsophisticated A/A threat.
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Old 10-10-2012, 20:46   #18
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Check out the new Air and Space Museum in VA, they have the Blackbird along with the Concorde, etc, etc, etc. I'm not even into planes and I felt like a kid in a candy shop.
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Old 10-10-2012, 22:26   #19
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Check out the new Air and Space Museum in VA, they have the Blackbird along with the Concorde, etc, etc, etc. I'm not even into planes and I felt like a kid in a candy shop.
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Old 10-10-2012, 21:07   #20
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Not about the Sr-71 Specifically, but the book Skunkworks written by Ben Rich is a great read. Talks some about the U2, SR71 (which he designed the intakes for) as well as the F117 and even mentions the F22.
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Old 10-10-2012, 21:14   #21
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Would have been a mean fighter if it had panned out.
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Would have been a mean fighter if it had panned out.
While not much could hang with it at speed and altitude, a turning radius of 100 miles would not have made for a good fighter.
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While not much could hang with it at speed and altitude, a turning radius of 100 miles would not have made for a good fighter.
Depends on the objective of the "fighter".
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While not much could hang with it at speed and altitude, a turning radius of 100 miles would not have made for a good fighter.
What would it actually be fighting up there? HH
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What would it actually be fighting up there? HH


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