Wow! SR-71 Blackbird

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  1. Go Cat Go!!

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    So many amazing things about that aircraft. I remember reading somewhere that it went from concept on the drawing board to flying prototype in under 3 years , now that is amazing.
     
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    And probably designed by guys with slide rules. That was a great read. Thanks!
     
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    Yeah, when I was a kid, that was my favorite military aircraft in "The World Book Encyclopedia." Cool plane.
     
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    I knew some of the P&W J58 design engineers(now retired) and yes, slide rules, ruled the day.

    Here's a J58 in burner at night on a test stand. I could hear them from 15 miles away at night. If you count the shockwave diamonds in the ejecta, that tells you its Mach number.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Wolfboy1 Grandpa but...Not Yet Old! Silver Supporting Member

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    GREAT article! Thanks for posting, I followed it to this article that talks about the "spikes" referenced in the pilots article. Now I know what shoving the spikes down means.

    http://sploid.gizmodo.com/the-secret-engine-technology-that-made-the-sr-71-the-fa-1673510951

    I had the dubious honor of flying under the infamous line of death in my naval career and got lit up as well....but not launched on thank goodness as I was in a P-3 not an SR71, we had a hard time out running a big wheel :)
     
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    Wow - totally kickass!! I have loved that plane since I was a kid. :aok
     
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    At one point, I met the gentleman who ran the accounting/numbers for that project. His son and I gigged together, and he never tired of talking about his father's role in the program.
     
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    I grew up in palmdale, CA and used to see them fly all the time. When I got out of college I worked for Rockwell international on the B1 bomber final assembly program. It was great as a kid being around and getting to see different experimental aircraft. If you ever visit Palmdale, there are a couple of of them on display. They are right next to the Joe Davies air park named after my dad.
     
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    I wish I had a better camera when I took the shot above, but work gave us the cheapest flip phone they could buy
    with one of the first cell phone cameras.
     
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    My dad worked on the SR71's navigation system. He even had an SR71 coffee cup that had "Mach 3+" stenciled on it that he used at home for many years after the plane became public knowledge. I should have snagged that coffee cup after he passed away...
     
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    My dad flew the SR-71 and was briefly the 4200th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing commander...50 years ago next month.
     
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    Peppy, that is awesome! is he still with us?
     
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    Died January 14, 2001.
     
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    Argghh..!! Sorry to hear this! He was one of 90-some pilots that ever got to fly the Sled. What an achievement! Sorry he's gone.
     
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    He only flew it twice, as far as I can tell. And? Not when he was associated with the wing. (He was not a 'regular' SR-71 pilot.) Once around 1967 (California) and again in 1969 (out of Kadena).
    Now the U-2? Which he was also the wing commander of...during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He flew that many times and, of course, it was much harder to fly than the SR-71.
     
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    Very cool anyway! and yes, I know why the U-2 is hard to fly. Most non-pilots wouldn't know. At it's service ceiling, 70,000 - 80,000', the differential between Vne (max airspeed) and Vso (aerodynamic stall) is just a few knots. It's known as "coffin corner". To maintain safe flight for hours, in the slot, is tiring and nerve-wracking. He must have been a damn good pilot!
     

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