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SR71 Blackbird, a great read

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by harlenm, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. GVFlyer

    GVFlyer Senior Member

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    Somewhere in the air.
    That's Mach 3.21, BTW - or 3 point 21 times the speed of sound.
     
  2. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    I've heard some once in a life time things on the radio, including the tower get so frustrated that he literally berated a guy for not listening.


    But I think to have heard that call, would have been an absolutely EPIC day.
     

  3. Altaris

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    Without question my favorite aircraft ever. I Love the SR71.

    And just by random chance, the guy that sits next to me at work is the son of the guy that crashed the very first SR71.
    http://www.wvi.com/~sr71webmaster/srloss~1.htm

    Through his father I have heard many many very cool stories, and I know their are many more that he "can't" tell me.
     
  4. w30olds

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    There is a SR-71 on Display at the Air Museum down in Warner Robins, Ga. Pretty awesome plane! Also have a B-25, B-29 and my favorite the B-1B. Also have a U2 spy plane and a A-10 Warthog. Pretty cool place to visit!
     
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  5. puckhead

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    Awesome plane. good read too!

    Outdoor Hub mobile, the outdoor information engine
     
  6. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    You mean this guy..:supergrin:

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  7. JBnTX

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    Satellite reconnaissance replaced the SR-71.
    Satellites can do it cheaper and more efficiently.
     
  8. NickC50310

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    Be sure to check out the skunk works special on military channel and great planes!
     
  9. HollowHead

    HollowHead Firm member

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    The SR-71 could fly coast-to-coast during their commercial breaks alone. HH
     
  10. Al Czervik

    Al Czervik My arm!

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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.
     
  11. scwine

    scwine ^%(#@$^!!!!!!!

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    Depends on the objective of the "fighter".
     
  12. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    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.
     
  13. HollowHead

    HollowHead Firm member

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    What would it actually be fighting up there? HH
     
  14. scwine

    scwine ^%(#@$^!!!!!!!

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    :rofl:

    Exactly!
     
  15. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    No, but it would have been hell on bombers with its ability to hit them, without ever being vulnerable itself.
     
  16. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    UFOs?
     
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  17. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    easier to shoot a target below you, than a target above you.
     
  18. HollowHead

    HollowHead Firm member

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    Would that not be an interceptor's role, much like the Mig-25 and F-104? Not designed to fight...just get a missle near bombers as fast as possible. HH
     
  19. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    Yes, I suppose I should have said interceptor.


    I was just going off the YF designation when I said fighter.
     
  20. faawrenchbndr

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    They also have an EC-135N,.....the aircraft Schwarzkopf used in
    Desert Storm & Franks used prior to & after Sept 11th.

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