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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by harlenm, Oct 10, 2012.
That's Mach 3.21, BTW - or 3 point 21 times the speed of sound.
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.
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.
Through his father I have heard many many very cool stories, and I know their are many more that he "can't" tell me.
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!
Awesome plane. good read too!
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You mean this guy..
Satellite reconnaissance replaced the SR-71.
Satellites can do it cheaper and more efficiently.
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
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".
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.
What would it actually be fighting up there? HH
No, but it would have been hell on bombers with its ability to hit them, without ever being vulnerable itself.
easier to shoot a target below you, than a target above you.
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
Yes, I suppose I should have said interceptor.
I was just going off the YF designation when I said fighter.
They also have an EC-135N,.....the aircraft Schwarzkopf used in
Desert Storm & Franks used prior to & after Sept 11th.