2nd best SR-71 story

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  1. airmotive

    airmotive Tin Kicker

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    Ya know, for $1500 you can take a week long class at USC titled Litigation in Aircraft Accident Investigations. It’s taught by Jack Veth. Former SR-71 driver...turned plaintiff’s attorney. During breaks, he’s happy to tell stories and sign a hat, book or whatever.
     
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    Yeah we had a bunch of brothers from down south get sent to Whynot after Bullis and we thought they were all going to go AWOL. Its bad enough for a northern white guy like me who is used to cold but a black guy from Mississippi?

    Fleets of B-52s and KC-135's all along the Northern Tier back then and they all had to be baby sitted two guys at a time.
     
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    Yes. Back then the Turks were denying to the Reds they weren't allowing the storing JP-7 but the truth was they really were. I know cause I asked the refuelers on midnight shift.

    Off they would go over towards the Med and the nights were so clear we could see their light meet up with another light way, way off and high. I think the the 71's came from England, refueled over the Med., and then over flew Iran or the Soviet missile bases in Southern Russia and Ukraine. They had a lot of missiles in the Black Sea region. I didn't ask to many questions.

    We had a lot of remotes in the region too with Huge Radars and listening devices of all types operated by the Secret Squirrels. All closed now so I dont mind talking about them.
     
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    Re WP's post 42:

    It sounds like for some reason their max gross weight takeoff was limited to 65,000 pounds of fuel. But once airborne they could take it up to 80,000 pounds of fuel and go faster.
     
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    From Ivan Vac's post:

    "Ironically, the plane was dripping, much like the misshapen model had assembled in my youth. Fuel was seeping through the joints, raining down on the hangar floor. At Mach 3, the plane would expand several inches because of the severe temperature, which could heat the leading edge of the wing to 1,100 degrees. To prevent cracking, expansion joints had been built into the plane. Sealant resembling rubber glue covered the seams, but when the plane was subsonic, fuel would leak through the joints."

    So the plane did leak fuel.

    And stories about the leading edge of the wing glowing cherry red at high Mach must be true. Cherry red in steel is about 900 degrees F. I don't know what the cherry red temp is for titanium, but the stories about the leading edge glowing are probably true.
     
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    I want to say ti is cold till 1200. Not sure where I got that number but....
     
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    Looks like 1075 according to the interwebs
     
  10. willie_pete

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    Where is aluminum ?

    ;)
     
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    I searched for titanium and found this or similar figures in several places. Big difference between dull cherry red and red hot.

    People also ask
    How hot does titanium turn red?

    According to High Times, a blood-red glow indicates a dab temperature of 1075°F, while a faint-red glow indicates 930°F. High-temperature dabbing occurs at any temperature higher than 800°F and is just as wasteful as dabbing at too low a temperature.Apr 26, 2019
     
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    I found this with a quick search for melting points. But melting temp is quite a bit higher than either of the red temps for titanium. Figures are in F.

    I know from pouring melted aluminum, it doesn't turn red. I've cast objects from aluminum before. Just like casting bullets with lead, the lead isn't red when you pour it into the molds either.

    Steels and titanium are different.

    Aluminum Alloy

    463 - 671 (Edit looked again C) 1220 degrees F to melt.

    Titanium

    1670 (Edit this is the C temp.) I looked again Titanium melts at 3038 degrees F.

    Edit By comparison Carbon steel melts at about 2,700 degrees F.
     
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    AdamRodgers "Facts matter, Feeling can lie" Docgkr

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    :animlol:

    Sorry, couldn't resist.
     
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    ^^^ I noticed that also.
     
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    To everyone that has served and posted threads\videos like this.....THANK YOU! Your shared stories are some of the best reasons I spend time on Glock Talk.

    To the moderators, perhaps we should have a separate forum so that our countries best can share stories like this, if we don't already have one.
     
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    AdamRodgers "Facts matter, Feeling can lie" Docgkr

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    That would be Awesome!!!!
     
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  17. Caver 60

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    Well we have this one:

    https://www.glocktalk.com/forum/us-military-services.173/

    But nobody ever uses it. Well hardly anyone. Other than just now; I haven't been there in over a year or more.
     
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