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      09-24-2014 01:30 PM #51
      The SR-71 is so freaking amazing.

      Here's a pic of my dad standing on the one at Udvar-Hazy cleaning it.
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      09-24-2014 02:56 PM #52
      Before I go quoting some online article, I'll ask here. I've heard stories/rumors about initial development of the SR-71 being tailored towards high altitude bombing. Basically, they wanted a long range, high altitude bomber to stay too far out of range for any SAM or other ground attacks to reach, yet have the range to launch from US soil and bomb anywhere. I haven't seen anything covering that in this thread, so I figured I'd ask the aficionados of the group.

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      09-24-2014 02:59 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by WASCALLY_09WABBIT View Post
      Before I go quoting some online article, I'll ask here. I've heard stories/rumors about initial development of the SR-71 being tailored towards high altitude bombing. Basically, they wanted a long range, high altitude bomber to stay too far out of range for any SAM or other ground attacks to reach, yet have the range to launch from US soil and bomb anywhere. I haven't seen anything covering that in this thread, so I figured I'd ask the aficionados of the group.
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      09-24-2014 03:14 PM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by WASCALLY_09WABBIT View Post
      Thanks.
      well i was mainly joking. Aurora is just "the next SR-71" that people have been speculating about for over a decade now. no substantive evidence of it whatsoever that I'm aware of. though to be honest I haven't looked into the thing in ages.
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      10-14-2014 12:35 PM #57
      J58 explained. I find it staggering to know that the enginerds knew they had to add all these trap doors and flaps to make it operate at the level it does.

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      10-14-2014 08:44 PM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by palakaman View Post
      J58 explained. I find it staggering to know that the enginerds knew they had to add all these trap doors and flaps to make it operate at the level it does.
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      10-15-2014 09:12 AM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by palakaman View Post
      J58 explained. I find it staggering to know that the enginerds knew they had to add all these trap doors and flaps to make it operate at the level it does.

      Whoa! I've seen those cutaway diagrams before and read countless text descriptions of how the J58 works, but that video animation is the BEST (albeit a little basic) explanation I've seen! Thanks for posting that!!
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      10-15-2014 09:34 PM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by ATL_Av8r View Post
      Whoa! I've seen those cutaway diagrams before and read countless text descriptions of how the J58 works, but that video animation is the BEST (albeit a little basic) explanation I've seen! Thanks for posting that!!
      Basic?

      Took this at Udvar-Hazy

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      10-16-2014 12:18 AM #61
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      10-16-2014 09:25 AM #62
      Quote Originally Posted by Gern_Blanston View Post
      Every time I hear about Brian Shul I am ticked off because I bought a copy of "Sled Driver" for my old chief pilot when it 1st came out. Great book, and I think I paid 40 bucks for it. Now I can't afford a copy of it for myself.
      you can write it off your taxes as a "continuing professional education" expense, can't you?

      Why is it so expensive. Just checked it out on Ebay and Half and HOLY CRAP!!!
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      They only printed like 3,000 copies in 1st edition, and then there WAS no second edition.
      That, combined with the fact that it's THE awesome airplane picture book, ruined my life.
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      12-22-2014 09:56 AM #64
      Semi-necro post.

      51 years ago today was the first flight.

      http://sploid.gizmodo.com/the-secret...-fa-1673510951

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      12-22-2014 12:09 PM #65
      Quote Originally Posted by ATL_Av8r View Post
      you can write it off your taxes as a "continuing professional education" expense, can't you?

      Why is it so expensive. Just checked it out on Ebay and Half and HOLY CRAP!!!
      What?! WHAT?! Oh man. I bought The Untouchables years ago, and he had a combo deal for that an Sled Driver. I didn't have the money for both... I had no idea Sled Driver cost $1,200 now!



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      12-22-2014 12:34 PM #66
      Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post
      Side note for CSB points: A number of years ago, I actually met Darryl Greenamyer, one of the test pilots back in the Skunkworks days. He also piloted a heavily modified Bearcat at Reno, was behind the Red Baron F104 project, and tried to bring Kee Bird back from the Greenland ice pack. Very interesting guy.
      I had the opportunity a few years ago also. One of my friends was helping Darryl with an EFI system on Darryl's Lancair for Reno. Darryl had a lot of running around to do in southern California that day, so my friend loaned Darryl his 182. Well, my friend had a partner in the 182 that wasn't real thrilled at the prospect of loaning out the plane. My friend tells him "I THINK he can handle it..."

      Brendan, just make your way to the Reno Air Races next year, and you can pick up either book for a paltry $200 or so

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      12-22-2014 12:46 PM #67
      I saw him there in 2013. I should be going back next year, so if he's there, I'll pick up a copy for sure.
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      12-24-2014 08:45 PM #68
      Back in about 1985ish there was an airshow here in Everett, WA. were the SR71 was on static display. It didn't fly during the airshow, but when if left, it did an AB flyby and at about the tower, went straight up until it was not visible anymore. Just a spectacular thing to see.

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      12-26-2014 02:52 PM #69
      Quote Originally Posted by Hybrid VW View Post
      I had the opportunity a few years ago also. One of my friends was helping Darryl with an EFI system on Darryl's Lancair for Reno. Darryl had a lot of running around to do in southern California that day, so my friend loaned Darryl his 182. Well, my friend had a partner in the 182 that wasn't real thrilled at the prospect of loaning out the plane. My friend tells him "I THINK he can handle it..."
      That there is almost solid gold.
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      12-27-2014 01:31 AM #70
      The Lockheed YF-12 was an American prototype interceptor aircraft evaluated by the United States Air Force. The YF-12 was a twin-seat version of the secret single-seat Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft, which led to the U.S. Air Force's Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird twin-seat reconnaissance variant. The YF-12 set and held speed and altitude world records of over 2000 mph and over 80,000 ft (later surpassed by the SR-71), and is the world's largest manned interceptor to date.

      Variants
      YF-12A
      Pre-production version. Three were built.[20]
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      Production version of the YF-12A; canceled before production could begin.[21]
      YF-12C
      Fictitious designation for an SR-71 provided to NASA for flight testing. The YF-12 designation was used to keep SR-71 information out of the public domain.[22]
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      01-02-2015 01:58 PM #71
      Quote Originally Posted by ATL_Av8r View Post
      you can write it off your taxes as a "continuing professional education" expense, can't you?

      Why is it so expensive. Just checked it out on Ebay and Half and HOLY CRAP!!!


      My dad has a copy. I think a call is in order because I doubt he has any idea.

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      02-28-2015 10:47 PM #72
      Thats is one beautiful plane. I read somewhere that the Concorde is actually faster than SR71. It mentioned that the pilots of the Concorde routinely request that the SR71 move over so that they can pass. The pilots in the blackbird had to wear astronaut suit, while the passengers in the concorde could eat, and drink champagne in relative comfort.

      Anyway, I still admire the black bird as it is beautifully designed, and when it flies, its beautiful especially with the flames coming out of the jets.

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      02-28-2015 11:14 PM #73
      ^ Your source is wrong.



      The SR-71 owns the record for fastest transcontinental flight (USA) clocking in at just over an hour. Various source state anywhere between 64 and 68 minutes. Regardless, the SR-71's top speed was notably higher than a Concorde. And considering their purposes, it's not even a worthwhile comparison.
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      03-01-2015 04:46 AM #74
      Quote Originally Posted by wrldtraveller View Post
      Thats is one beautiful plane. I read somewhere that the Concorde is actually faster than SR71. It mentioned that the pilots of the Concorde routinely request that the SR71 move over so that they can pass. The pilots in the blackbird had to wear astronaut suit, while the passengers in the concorde could eat, and drink champagne in relative comfort.
      The bolded part just doesn't make sense for obvious reasons. This should be a red flag regarding the quality of the source.


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