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bobb 02-06-2009 12:59 PM

Aviation buffs will like this:

In 1968 (1967?) a SR-71 made an emergency landing at Grand Forks AFB and was "parked" between two B-52 hangers close to the N/S road that paralleled the base runway. The aircraft was completely visible to anyone using the road. Immediately after landing, GFAFB security established machine gun "nests" close to the plane. The two man crew could not exit the plane until a C-130 arrived from Edwards AFB with the ground support equipment and aircraft technicians to evacuate the crew and "fix" whatever the problem(s) were. Of course, everyone on the base came to see the 71 and security had to control traffic. After the "fixes" were accomplished (two days?), the 71 exited the base heading north. A few minutes later it returned a t a very low altitude at tremendous speed in a fly by. It was awesome and was probably witnessed by about everyone on the base.

Eye candy for people who like airplanes

Grab your beverage and relax for a few minutes of awesome beauty. The SR-71 was the creation of Kelly Johnson, Lockheed, Eisenhower and the Air Force. It was envisioned in the '50s, first flew in the early '60s, retired in the '80s, briefly brought back in the '90s.

In all, 13 units of the single seat A-12 were built, and 32 of the Pilot + Recon two seat SR-71 units were built. Five A-12 were lost, one is stored. Twelve two seaters were lost. The remaining 27 are on display around theUSA. The closest is atAtwater, the oldCastleAFBmuseum atMercedwith 50 other classic warplanes. You probably have a better opportunity of viewing the one inSan Dieg o. Ask me and I'll tell you where the others are. NY, OR, OH, DC, etc. I can find most answers to most questions. Just ask. Start
with the 2000+ mph, the 80,000 feet + altitude. More if you wish.

So enjoy. One more thing. The author of the captions to the picture in this video made one misstatement, due to youth. The U-2 Recon aircraft was created in 1955, flew operationally in 1956. Kelly thought theUSSRwould shoot it down in 18 months. Lucky us, it flew until Gary Powers was downed on 1 May 1960.
But Kelly Johnson already had the go-ahead from Ike for the A-12. It first flew in 1962, JFK kept the manufacture of it active. No one told LBJ, 'cause everyone knew he would spill the secret. He wasn't told til the week after JFK left us. And sure enough, LBJ gave out the secret in a matter of months.

Anyhow, the most interesting, most exciting five years of my life were spent in the program, as a KC-135 refueling pilot. Where the Blackbird went, we went. You will see several refuelings in the following.

Click here to view the slideshow:

Eyeball 02-06-2009 01:14 PM

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Thanks for the link. And a 'thanks' to you, too, for your service in keeping those fine birds aloft.

peptide 02-06-2009 01:23 PM

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Super-cool post. Thank you for the information and thank you for your service!


Curmudgeon 02-06-2009 01:32 PM

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Are you associated with the web site? I've been trying to get a sound track of a video they did ...

jko2004 02-06-2009 01:34 PM

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Truly awesome.

One on display on Eglin AFB here in the panhandle.

slapshot38 02-06-2009 01:48 PM

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bobb 02-06-2009 01:49 PM

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Curmudgeon - 2/6/2009 4:32 PM

Are you associated with the web site? I've been trying to get a sound track of a video they did ...

I got the email from an old service friend of mine.

Cracker 02-06-2009 01:58 PM

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Very cool...

38Blackfin 02-06-2009 02:01 PM

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


Elusive 02-06-2009 02:27 PM

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That was great !

I've seen it at the Air & Space Museum a couple of times and it is truly awe inspiring. What is even more incredible is that it is 30+ years old and seems so high tech


bencashen 02-06-2009 02:29 PM

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that is awesome--

Hydro 02-06-2009 04:36 PM

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Coolest plane ever designed. It was designed to do two things and it did them well; fly fast and high. I read somewhere that it leaked fuel like a sieve on the ground. But that thing probably saved some lives for us.

Wicked Awesome 02-06-2009 04:44 PM

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There is a neat SR-71 MD (Mother-daughter configuration) at the Boeing museum in Seattle. One of the museum staffers saw me looking the plane over and I wound up with a 45 minute personal technical overview. There is a tremendous amount of fascinating trivia about this plane. It is 50 years since it was originally designed, and it still earns my respect. The SR-71 is even more impressive when you consider the limitations on materials and electronics due to the era in which it was built. I am sorry that I never got to see (and hear) one of these on a flyby. I believe the motors came out of the Pratt plant 10 miles west of my house in Jupiter, FL.

The Boeing museum is probably the best aviation museum I have ever seen and has a very knowledgable and enthusiastic staff. The museum and the Boeing factory tour are a must see if you visit the NW.

welder 02-06-2009 04:53 PM

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Cool but some of those planes are the A12 [ hard for some to tell the Diff. ]

and FYI, they were built and flying 40 + years ago not 30 as thought above.

Mach 2 + , yea right .............They out ran SAM's , do y'all know how fast a SAM fly's
I'll give ya a hint , it's faster tan a 30/06 bullit.

Coolest air craft ever built. ;cool;

bobb 02-06-2009 05:04 PM

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Hydro - 2/6/2009 7:36 PM

Coolest plane ever designed. It was designed to do two things and it did them well; fly fast and high. I read somewhere that it leaked fuel like a sieve on the ground. But that thing probably saved some lives for us.

The SR-71 did not have conventional fuel bladders or tanks. The aircraft was designed to fly at high mach speeds which created a LOT of heat due to friction. The seams where fuel was stored, would expand and seal up the fuel leaks once the aircraft got up to cruise speed and altitude...
The seams were manufactured to be a loose fit on the ground on purpose and would expand for a proper tight fit once the airframe heated up.
The entire airframe would actually expand several inches at high speeds...

tonyb 02-06-2009 06:07 PM

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Hands down, one of the most beautiful birds to ever fly in the sky but it will never beat the Eagle .....

fishnutz 02-06-2009 06:24 PM

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You were right....I'm an aviation buff, and I liked it! Thanks for posting.

dave11 02-06-2009 09:18 PM

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They are magnificent! The technology is 50 years old. I can only imagine what the Skunk Works and others are developing now.

kerno 02-06-2009 09:29 PM

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I'd say that re-defines fast for me. Great presentation of a true bit of American greatness.

250 Osprey 02-06-2009 09:50 PM

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Regardless of my "name" around here, AWESOME! She is an awesome aircraft, and I salute you for taking of her, as she took care of you! :thumbsup:

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