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      03-30-2014 09:43 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by caliatenza View Post
      Don't ask me how i know, but i do know that there is another drone, that is similar, but much more secret, that exists.
      How do you know?

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    3. 03-30-2014 11:03 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by caliatenza View Post
      just makes you think what else we have flying around up there; if we could design the SR71 back in the late 50s.
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      04-02-2014 11:30 AM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by Uberhare View Post
      Read the book "Skunkworks" by Ben Rich. Fascinating look at the manufacturing/engineering side of the SR-71 (and others).


      What I find ironic about the SR-71 (and A-12) is the fact they sourced almost all of the titanium for the airframe from the Soviet Union during the cold war. Lockheed used various fake companies to purchase the metal from the Soviets and had it shipped to the US to be used in the spy plane we used to spy on the Soviets.
      That was an awesome book....

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      04-02-2014 06:55 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Gern_Blanston View Post
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      I personally believe the SR-71 was more or less the "visible" secret aircraft. Convair Aircraft had a similar design back around the same time but had even better characteristics such as higher top speed. Project Kingfish was the code name. I chatted with my uncle before he died years ago who said the SR-71 was the slower and least costly of the two aircraft. It won the competition only because Lockheed could deliver the aircraft in a much shorter timeframe. But the Convair aircraft wasn't terminated....it was further developed along side the SR-71. He was deeply involved in some black USAF programs and would only tell me enough to peak my interest but not enough to violate his top secret clearance. The so-called "Aurora" aircraft which is rumored to be a pure delta shape is the developed Kingfish aircraft. The black triangles seen over the years is this aircraft.




      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convair_Kingfish

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      04-02-2014 07:00 PM #30
      J-58 powerplant........that is an AMAZING piece of engineering. The fact that the engine burns less fuel the faster you go is at odds with every other aircraft engine. This is because the majority of thrust at Mach 3 speed is produced not from the turbine jet engine but from the intake spike system and the associated bypass afterburner.

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      04-04-2014 10:51 AM #31
      My new Virginia license plates are the ones for Udvar-Hazy that have the SR-71 on them. Much better than that "Virginia is for lovers" crap.

    9. 04-04-2014 04:01 PM #32
      Anyone catch what's outside the cockpit, starboard, illuminated?
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      04-08-2014 02:40 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by ATL_Av8r View Post
      How do you know?

      (I don't follow directions well)
      One of my classmates, from high school, is married to a guy who is a materials engineer and works out in Pamdale. I met them at my high school reunion and he was telling me that another drone, which is more secret, exists and nobody knows about it. I bet he wasn't even supposed to tell me about it, but he did lol.

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      04-18-2014 01:02 AM #35
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      04-23-2014 02:09 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by caliatenza View Post
      just makes you think what else we have flying around up there; if we could design the SR71 back in the late 50s. I'm fully convinced the Aurora exists. Hell i know for a fact that the "Beast of Kandahar" drone, that was shot down by Iran, isn't even all that special. Don't ask me how i know, but i do know that there is another drone, that is similar, but much more secret, that exists.
      According to Ben Rich in his book, Aurora was the code name for the stealth bomber project that became the B2. The program name was somehow leaked before.

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      04-23-2014 03:11 PM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by motronicmalfunction View Post
      Anyone catch what's outside the cockpit, starboard, illuminated?
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KH-9_Hexagon

      I took a look at the map on the NMUSAF website and looked at the Cold War display area.
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      05-19-2014 07:10 AM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by palakaman View Post
      I can't imagine what it would feel like to stand next to that much power.



      Zero horsepower, in those pictures.

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      05-19-2014 07:29 AM #39
      Power: Strength or force exerted or capable of being exerted.
      If it's not foggy
      and you have your fog |ights on
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      05-19-2014 09:13 AM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by Gern_Blanston View Post
      Power: Strength or force exerted or capable of being exerted.
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    18. 05-19-2014 03:57 PM #41
      maybe he was going for amount of work being done
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      05-25-2014 09:31 PM #42
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      06-13-2014 04:36 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by Gern_Blanston View Post
      Power: Strength or force exerted or capable of being exerted.
      ...x velocity. That's the definition of power.

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      06-13-2014 09:50 PM #44
      I just copy-and-pasted from the dictionary.
      If it's not foggy
      and you have your fog |ights on
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      06-15-2014 05:55 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by motronicmalfunction View Post
      Anyone catch what's outside the cockpit, starboard, illuminated?
      Hold up... on the left I see a GAMBIT and on the right is a HEXAGON. Wow! I missed the opportunity to see the HEXAGON when they had it on display for one day. I didn't realize that the Air Force museum now has one. I NEED to go to that museum now. The HEXAGON alone would be worth it.

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      06-15-2014 10:59 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by Obin Robinson View Post
      Hold up... on the left I see a GAMBIT and on the right is a HEXAGON. Wow! I missed the opportunity to see the HEXAGON when they had it on display for one day. I didn't realize that the Air Force museum now has one. I NEED to go to that museum now. The HEXAGON alone would be worth it.

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      Shoot, NASM has a KH-11 on display in one of the main exhibit halls:

      http://airandspace.si.edu/collection...m_A19870193000

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      09-17-2014 07:25 PM #47
      How to move an SR-71 "stealthily" :


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      09-24-2014 10:10 AM #48
      Once you see the SR-71 in person and see how awesome it ism it's an inmmediate for the plane. They have one in the museum in Kalamazoo Michigan

      Michigan:

      SR-71B #17956 - On display at the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum in Kalamazoo, MI.
      http://www.sr-71.org/blackbird/locations.php

      http://www.airzoo.org/page.php?menu_id=26

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      When you visit the Air Zoo's aircraft collection, you're entering the land of giants. Giants of history. Giants of performance and accomplishment. Giants of reputation. You'll be shoulder-to-wingtip with entire generations of the world's most elite flying machines.

      You'll see a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. Gaze up at an awesome F-18. You'll get up close and personal with an overpowering F-14 Tomcat, the star of Top Gun. And you'll stand face-to-face with the SR-71B Blackbird spy plane, still unmatched in speed and altitude.
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      09-24-2014 11:48 AM #49
      if any of you guys end up in central california for whatever reason, Castle Air Force Base has an amazing static aircraft museum out doors.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Air_Museum

      It baffles my mind to this day that an SR-71 just sits outside relatively unguarded 24/7. But it sure is fun to drive by and see it just parked on the side of the road.

      It's pretty awe inspiring to stand beside one and touch it. It's also amazing to stand under a B-52.
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      09-24-2014 01:25 PM #50
      Funny to see this thread, I just saw the one on display at Lackland AFB yesterday. It's always smaller than I expect. Not that it's particularly small, but it photographs bigger than it really is.
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