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SR71 Blackbird, a great read

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

  1. At the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center, there is a plane very similar to a SR-71 out front. What is it?
     
  2. harlenm

    harlenm Millennium Member

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    A-12?

    en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_A-12
     

  3. HexHead

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    Problem with the A-12 was that it could overfly it's ordinance.
     
  4. HexHead

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    Some SR-71 pics I took at an air show at Beale AFB in the late 1980s. The SR-71 and the U2 operated out of there. You pretty much had to know someone that worked at the base to see the show, and my business partner's FIL worked at the base. I talked to the SR-71 pilot, he told me when they took off, they were going to fly a short mission, then do a Mach 3 flyover at 80,000 ft and release a fuel trail so you could see them. We were in N. CA, and he told me they'd be over AZ before they slowed down enough to turn around for the landing. Interesting guy.

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    Watching the U2 being chased by a 5 liter Mustang down the runway while landing was prett cool too. As was the B-52 take off, low altitude fly by and landing. The Thunderbirds were boring as hell compared to the rest of the show. Best air show I've been to!
     
  6. Tvov

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    That was a good read, thanks!
     
  7. GVFlyer

    GVFlyer Senior Member

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    Somewhere in the air.
    Satellites, the Key Hole-12 Advanced Crystal/Lacrosse/FIA, do a better job.
     
  8. professorpinki

    professorpinki Bumbling idjit

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    Dont forget UAV's.
     
  9. 686Owner

    686Owner NRA Life Member

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    I think Dayton has all of that and more.
     
  10. 686Owner

    686Owner NRA Life Member

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    And more predictably. ie they know when it's coming.
     
  11. Al Czervik

    Al Czervik My arm!

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    MiG-25s to 123k, if you believe the Russkies.
    We sold 104s and 4s to people with which we aren't necessarily now friends. IIRC, they went to 103k and 98k, respectively in a zoom climb.
     
  12. sappy13

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    that was a really cool read. cant even imagine what it must feel like to be behind the stick of something with that kind of speed
     
  13. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    I don't remember all of them being in Dayton.
    http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/

    Then again, Dayton has more than can be seen in a day so......I may have missed them or forgotten something I saw.
     
  14. glockdoc21

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    thanks for the link! Great read.
     
  15. I was station at both Osan and Kadena and remember the classic in with both recon planes ( U2 and Habu ) and I remember the last flight when Kadena retired the Habu.

    Great history and stories on both oh the days.


    I agreed that satelites have replaced the tradition recon , a keyhole sat does it better and cheaper. It's chance of being shotdown is just about 0 also

    :tongueout:
     
  16. series1811

    series1811 Enforcerator. CLM

    One of my favorite SR-71 stories:

    http://www.barthworks.com/aviation/sr71france.htm
     
  17. ChinaCave

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    I have long interest in the Sled / Blackbird et al. Many books - some signed. Never saw one in flight, sadly....

    One of fascinating things for me is the epic technical hurdles that had to be overcome in designing & building the plane.

    I believe the following is the case & true - pls feel free to correct or amplify...

    1) Much of the structure was made of titanium to withstand the frictional heating anticipated. The US does not have any, nor apparently at the time did any of our foreign pals. So "they" set up several shell corporations & proprietaries, and bought the alloy from the USSR.

    2) Machining Titanium, in the late 50's and early 60s, was a B*tch. Lots of it became brittle from contamination. They discovered relatively early that cadmium-plated tools had to go. It took them much longer to figure out that parts made in the summer failed when those made in the winter did not - the cause was the chlorine in the local water supply in the summer - so the Skunkworks had to make themselves a pure water plant...

    (one of my) favorite quotes - "You've never been lost until you've been lost at mach 3"
     
  18. GVFlyer

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    Somewhere in the air.
    You have to own the airspace to use a drone or there has to be an unsophisticated A/A threat.
     
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