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.
I took a look at the map on the NMUSAF website and looked at the Cold War display area.
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away" - Philip K. Dick
"Clamo, clamatis, omnes clamamus pro glace lactis!" - me
"I'm an engineer - impossible just takes a little longer." - some guy on the interwebnetz
"We're society's crowbar. They hate us, they never want to acknowledge the dirty jobs they give us to do, but when the job is done they never throw us away - they just slip us back in the toolbox until they need us the next time. And there will always be a next time."-Jim Hooper. Beneath the Visiting Moon: Images of Combat in Southern Africa
Shoot, NASM has a KH-11 on display in one of the main exhibit halls:
Hiding in plain sight
"Personally, I believe that 'fairness' consists in the fruits of my labor not being taken by corrupt hacks to redistribute to their cronies in exchange for votes." -- Glenn Reynolds
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
SR-71B #17956 - On display at the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum in Kalamazoo, MI.
Some of the birds they got:
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.
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.
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.
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.