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Old 02-07-2009, 01:09 AM
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Isn't there a SR-71 sitting on the ground in San Diego over by the Zoo as a monument/ reminder?
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:24 PM
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:37 PM
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In 1968 my father was station'd at Naha AFB on the south end of Okinawa. One day we found ourselves at the end of the runway at Kadena AFB located in the middle of the island. I wasn't too sure why we were there but soon a very strange airplane took off, immediatly over our heads. Being a 9th grader I had seen many airforce planes from around the world but this was a very unique plane. I look'd at my dad who said it was a SR-71 and that I wasn't to tell anyone I had seen it. I never did untill it came "public" some years later. I didn't think that the russians couldn't have known about it tho...
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:52 PM
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38Blackfin - 2/6/2009 4:01 PM

we have one here in Mobile, at the Battleship Park, very cool. Thank you!!

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Yep, I went and drooled over it last year. It's always been one of my favorite airplanes.
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Wow, I finally took the time to open that link.
Thanks, that was awsome.
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Old 02-08-2009, 07:23 PM
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Anyone know what the actual flat out top speed of that bird is? The mile in 1.6 seconds referred to in the video figures out to about 2280 mph. The Mach 5 that the AA missiles developed is somewhere north of 3500.
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Old 02-08-2009, 07:28 PM
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s_ebels - 2/8/2009 10:23 PM

Anyone know what the actual flat out top speed of that bird is? The mile in 1.6 seconds referred to in the video figures out to about 2280 mph. The Mach 5 that the AA missiles developed is somewhere north of 3500.


I believe the top speed is still classified...
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Old 02-09-2009, 03:43 AM
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I had the pleasure of seeing the SR-71 take off at Edwards Air Force base in Calif in the early 1980's. I could not believe what I was seeing.
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Old 02-09-2009, 05:34 PM
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I had the pleasure several times of witnessing this wonderful bird in flight, once back in 1978 one did a semi high speed pass over embry-riddle where I went to college. In my opinion the COOLEST damn bird on earth!!!
I have heard lots of rumers about the 'top" speed and have heard anywhere from mach 3 through mach 4.8
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Old 02-09-2009, 05:45 PM
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When my son was two or three I bought him a set of toy metal aircraft. About twenty or so, out of all those planes he carried the "Black Bird" with him everywhere - all the time. Still his Dad's favorite too.
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:09 PM
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I had the pleasure several times of witnessing this wonderful bird in flight, once back in 1978 one did a semi high speed pass over embry-riddle where I went to college. In my opinion the COOLEST damn bird on earth!!!
I have heard lots of rumers about the 'top" speed and have heard anywhere from mach 3 through mach 4.8
It just got me to thinking because if the speed of the plane and missile are as I listed them, that's still a 1,200 mph closing speed advantage for the missile. wouldn't take to long for the missile to intercept at that rate.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:20 PM
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Really cool presentation and interesting story. I met one of the NASA pilots of one of these in Clear Lake eating lunch one day. I'm skeptical about the mile every 1.6 seconds though. That's 5700mph. It's fast, but I don't think it's near that fast.

ETA: Had my units wrong. It was 1.6 seconds per mile... That's 2250mph. Much better
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:39 PM
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Thank you for the post and thank you for your service.

With all of this technology that is 40 to 50 years old why does my Ford F-150 still only get 14 miles to the gallon???!!!
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:59 PM
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Watching that video and reading the words makes me proud to be an American even though I didn't serve our county.

My hat's off to every man and woman who have served our country.

Must have been a hell of a lot of fun.

Thanks for sharing.

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Old 02-11-2009, 10:36 AM
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Did anyone see one of these fly? I always thought it was a cool looking plane.

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Old 02-11-2009, 06:19 PM
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I believe that's a Valkyrie. Saw one on the ground at Wright-Patterson. My dad (a former F-4 driver) told me that the outer ends of the wings fold down during flight to take advantage of the shockwave created by the airplane.
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:28 PM
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When I was working at Edwards I had to get a security clearence to sign my guys in on the rock , I was taken to the main base for the
security paper work party and on the wall is all of the Aircrafe that were tested there and the stats on the SR71 said Mach 5.5 .
The engines go from , Jet to Ram jet to Scramjet by use of the movable cones in the intake of the motors.

I spent a year working seven 12's up on the rock [ Test stand , preping for the Titan 4 tests ] I DIDN'T SEE A LOT of things.
God Bless our service Men and Women.

If you ever stand in front of one of the Engines y'all could see how the babies could burn up the sky's .

This is why I spent a year on the Rock , this is 780,000 Lbs of solid rocket fuel going off the wrong way but it was fixed and they work well now. Titan IV booster and the picture was taken from about 6 miles away. '91 was a good year for me.
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