On Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:50:29 PM UTC-4, philo wrote:
Nice story. One of the SR-71's is in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, next to Dulles Airport. It arrived there from LA in one hour, 4 mins. It's there along with the Wright Brother's plane, the Enola Gay and a space shuttle. Nice
progress in just 80 years. SR71 was flying about 60 years after the Wright Brothers. Shows what we can do when we really try.
We have one here out by The Boneyard. While it's "cool" looking, I personally
am more impressed with the B52/X15 pair; the idea of something that *big*
launching something that *fast* that long *ago*...
When I was a kid, I think most of my friends wanted to be a X-15 pilots.
When we took a trip for school and flew for the first time, my friend
puked and that put his X-15 career to a halt.
One of my customers who had been an air-force crewmen told me he only
once was on a mission where he did not puke.
He told me that military pilots aren't made out of the same stuff the
rest of us are made of.
Saw a SR-71 flyover at edwards, once up on a time. Also saw a shuttle
landing there circa 1987.
There's an SR-71 at the Castle AFB museum in Merced. As for something *big*,
they also have a B-36 (6x turboprop pushers, 4x turbojet) which is the largest bomber
Talk about big...I saw the Spruce Goose when it was on display in LA a
long time ago.
The way it was displayed, you could not see it until you went around a
bend, then saw it all at once.
It seemed impossible that it could have flown...but it did once briefly.
It was designed with the engines inside the wing, so in theory one could
work on an engine while the plane was in flight.
A similar SR-70 story goes something like:
Pilot: Center, Austin 40 requesting flight level 600
Center: Austin 40, you can have it if you can reach it.
Pilot: Roger center - descending to flight level 600.
Was there an SR-70? For a while the AF was obsessed with linear naming for
fighters, at least so I wouldn't doubt it. Had uncles at Republic, Grumman
and Lockheed (aero engineering family) and some other places I can't
remember. But I do remember we would always go to the company's first
public airshow of any jet my relatives worked on and have a picnic
I remember the 102, the 104 and the 105. I remember the 104 the most
because it was nicknamed the "star fighter" and being a kid, conjured images
of these jets flying around the stars with Rocky Jones or Flash Gordon. It
was the delta-wing F-106 that really looked like a spaceship.
What always amazed me was no matter whomever was really filing the flight
plans was why no one thought the Sovs wouldn't bend heaven and earth to
shoot one of the Blackbirds down. Or, more likely, they knew they would get
great pictures until then and the pilots like Gary Francis Powers were
expendable. It was a really BIG news item when I was a kid.
They tried. That's what they built the MiG-25 for: to get as high as possible, as quickly as
possible, to try to intercept the Blackbird.
One of the Blackbird pilots told of a recon flight over Soviet territory when the Soviet AF tried to
intercept them -- a MiG managed to get close enough to launch rockets.
The Blackbird went to afterburners.
And outran the rockets.
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