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Speed Check, Tales Of The SR-71 Black Bird [Pic]

Hits: 8747 | Rating: (3.8) | Category: Misc. | Added by: ElectricEye
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drgnfire
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 531 Posts
Thursday, February 13, 2014 8:50:58 PM
That sounds like so much fun.

toeachhisown
Male, 50-59, Western US
 306 Posts
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 5:24:09 PM
Titanium is not a composite.

FredSpudman
Male, 18-29, Europe
 606 Posts
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 7:39:20 AM
@Sleepyhallow Jet engines were invented before 1944.

nucnik
Male, 18-29, Europe
 86 Posts
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 4:54:52 AM
@Sleepyhallow: you're thinking 1959. That's when project Oxcart started and that was for the A12 not the Blackbird itself. The first Blackbird didn't fly until 64.

As for the story, I've heard it before and it gave me goosebumps. Whoever thought of combining it with images is a genius. I love that plane!

Vimto
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2631 Posts
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:52:58 AM
I've never been so tempted to spend that much on a book.

Nickel2
Male, 50-59, Europe
 4754 Posts
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:36:41 AM
Good story. When I was a kid my dad worked at the RAE Farnborough so we were taken in to work on families day, on the run-up to the airshow. Before the displays we were allowed to wander around the planes on the ground, and get a close look at them. (!) I stood under the SR on one of the hard-standings, then got told off for standing in a puddle of fuel in my new shoes.

Sleepyhallow
Male, 50-59, Western US
 1894 Posts
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:24:28 AM
This plane first flew in 1949 as the classified program called "Oxcart".
But like our stealth fighter, was not known to exist publicly until much, much later.

Think about that......
The one airplane that STILL holds speed and altitude records was in operation just 5 years after the invention of the jet engine.
..... and 2 years after the Roswell incident.....

The SR71 used composite materials never before seen, aerodynamic designs never before imagined, and technologies years ahead of its time....
Can you say "Reverse Engineering"?

Just saying......

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 11:08:04 PM
Wow. Great stuff. Thanks, ElectricEye.

toeachhisown
Male, 50-59, Western US
 306 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 10:38:59 PM
"We used to buzz SR-71s over celebrations for heads of state that were not in line with American values? No way!"

That my friend, is a BIG stick.

toeachhisown
Male, 50-59, Western US
 306 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 10:37:18 PM
Kelly Johnson was a genius! From proposal to first flight in only 4 years, all done with slide rules no less.

Ani187
Female, 30-39, Midwest US
 4552 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 9:26:50 PM
@oobaka, I thought you were joking about the price. Holy crap.

ForSquirel
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1721 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 7:31:29 PM
Worth the read!

broizfam
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 3708 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 7:22:50 PM
Really enjoyed that.

MeGrendel
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 4774 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 7:10:41 PM
Great plane, great story.

Thanks IAB.

Draculya
Male, 40-49, Asia
 12616 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 7:09:38 PM
Great post.

mcssls
Female, 70 & Over, S. America
 647 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 6:43:45 PM
Walked right under one just before an airshow in 76 or 77 with my dad. It had just been declassified but not totally, every hole covered as we stood there in awe a USAF Security Police sargent came running at us, screaming and swinging his M16 around. My dad back away from the plane and at 10 or 11 I got to look at a cop for the first time, holding me at gun point and I said "are you serious? Get real."

chalket
Male, 50-59, Southern US
 2481 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 6:06:47 PM
That is a great story, well told. Thanks for the find, EE.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33911 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 4:27:49 PM

Good story.

oobaka
Male, 40-49, Canada
 628 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 4:11:29 PM
I was hoping to pick up a copy of the book but the prices range from $300-$1000

WakeToWood
Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 164 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 2:59:09 PM
We used to buzz SR-71s over celebrations for heads of state that were not in line with American values? No way!

ElectricEye
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 505 Posts
Monday, February 10, 2014 12:18:59 PM
Link: Speed Check, Tales Of The SR-71 Black Bird [Pic] [Rate Link] - Excerpt from the book...Sled Driver : Flying the World's Fastest Jet
by Brian Shul.


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