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  • SR-71 Blackbird Pilot Trolls Arrogant Fighter Pilot with Ground Speed Check.

    12/28/2016 8:20:44 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 144 replies
    Tribunist ^ | July 15, 2016 | Tribunist Staff
    This may be the single greatest aviation story ever told, it’s about the iconic SR-71 Blackbird whose full operating specs are still classified to this day. The story, from the now out-of-print book Sled Driver by former SR-71 jockey Brian Shul (available used on Amazon for just $700). Here’s the ultimate aviation troll: There were a lot of things we couldn’t do in an SR-71, but we were the fastest guys on the block and loved reminding our fellow aviators of this fact. People often asked us if, because of this fact, it was fun to fly the jet. Fun...
  • Keeping the SR-71 Blackbird (the World's First Stealth Plane) Secret Was Near Impossible

    10/06/2016 7:37:27 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 33 replies
    The national interest ^ | 5 Oct 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    Then disaster struck. On May 24, an A-12 stalled, went into an unrecoverable spin and crashed during a test flight in Utah. Fortunately, pilot Kenneth Collins ejected and survived. Even in remote Utah, it’s hard to hide a crash. A local deputy witnessed the incident and a vacationing family snapped away with a camera. The CIA promptly seized their photographs and paid $25,000 each to the deputy and the family to keep quiet, according to a 2010 story in the Seattle Times. The Blackbird wouldn’t stay officially secret for much longer. Pres. Lyndon Johnson would run for election in 1964,...
  • World's fastest jet crew are reunited with the supersonic SR-71 Blackbird

    07/29/2016 8:16:36 AM PDT · by DFG · 90 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 07/29/2016 | James Gordon
    For 40 years it has been the fastest plane ever built, and now the crew who flew the record-breaking, speed-shattering mission have been reunited with the aircraft they once commanded, and climbed back into the cockpit. It was 1976 when U.S. Air Force pilot Maj. Gen. Eldon 'Al' Joersz and Lt. Col. George 'GT' Morgan flew a jet faster than a speeding bullet. They flew faster than anyone had done before, or since. On July 28, 1976, the two men flew a SR-71 Blackbird spy plane for more than a thousand kilometers at 2,193 miles per hour, covering one mile...
  • The Mill BLACKBIRD (Photoreal CG car rig)

    06/27/2016 9:06:09 PM PDT · by bigbob · 15 replies
    Vimeo ^ | 6-23-16 | The Mill
    The Mill has created The Mill BLACKBIRD, the first fully adjustable car rig that creates photoreal CG cars – it’s a car rig that can be shot at any time, in any location, without the need to rely on a physical car. Created in collaboration with JemFX, Performance Filmworks and Keslow, Mill Blackbird inspires and expands creative opportunities, offering a truly flexible production tool without sacrificing any quality or direction. Learn more:
  • Brian Shul - From Butterflies to Blackbirds

    03/24/2016 3:57:32 PM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | Unknown | Brian Shul
    Tired of politics? Set aside some time, get a glass of what you like and settle in. Brian Shul is the real McCoy. He crashed at the end of the Vietnam War in Cambodia, with very little chance of survival... and beat the odds. He is funny and informative; he did it and lived to tell the story. There are very few around like him. There are good public speakers, and then there's Brian Shul. He talks about life's choices and outcomes, but laced within his message are incredible stories of his years as an SR71 Blackbird pilot. The SR...
  • Celebrate The 51st Anniversary Of The SR-71 Blackbird's First Flight With These Crazy Stats

    12/23/2015 5:37:07 AM PST · by PIF · 56 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 12/22/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    On December 22nd, 1964, the SR-71 Blackbird took to the air for the very first time, rising above Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale with F-104 chase planes in pursuit. The occasion would mark the birth of one of the most amazing and renowned aircraft of all time. Some numbers from the Blackbird family of planes: 35 miles per minute or 3,100 feet per second is how fast the SR-71 could fly 85,000 feet is the official Blackbird ceiling, although it supposedly could fly higher Snip Over 1,000 missiles were launched at the SR-71 without any losses Snip Zero was...
  • National Review Online SR-71 Blackbird slide show

    12/25/2014 2:55:39 PM PST · by rktman · 65 replies ^ | 12/23/2014 | unknown
    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the SR-71 Blackbird, the Air Force’s sleek, high-flying Cold War reconnaissance workhorse that still holds several world air-speed records. Here’s a look back at the amazing aircraft.
  • The SR-71 Spy Plane Was So Fast, It Outran Every Missile Fired at It

    12/05/2013 5:28:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 96 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 5, 2013 | Dario Leone and David Cenciotti
    Until Lockheed Martin finally builds the SR-72 Mach-6 spy plane it announced in November, the iconic SR-71 Blackbird, capable of flying three times the speed of sound, remains the fastest warplane ever flown operationally. So fast that no missiles fired at it had a chance of hitting. When the U-2 spy plane was built in the 1950s, its designer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson already knew that it would be vulnerable to enemy defenses.
  • Super High Tech Replacement for the Legendary SR-71 Blackbird plane ...

    11/02/2013 7:18:19 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 29 replies
    -excerpt- Lockheed Martin has unveiled plans for a hypersonic spy plane that could fly at Mach 6, twice as fast as its famed SR-71 Blackbird, and said a missile demonstrating the new technology could fly as early as 2018.

    book Flying the Worlds Fastest Jet This book is one man's view of what it was like to fly the world's fastest jet.
  • Blackbird fly, blackbird fly / Into the light of the dark black night : the SR-71 Blackbird

    08/22/2013 1:59:39 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 21 replies
    "It is a race this jet will not let us lose. The Mach eases to 3.5 as we crest 80,000 feet. We are a bullet now - except faster. We hit the turn, and I feel some relief as our nose swings away from a country we have seen quite enough of. Screaming past Tripoli , our phenomenal speed continues to rise, and the screaming Sled pummels the enemy one more time, laying down a parting sonic boom. In seconds, we can see nothing but the expansive blue of the Mediterranean . I realize that I still have my left...
  • USAF Retro-Photo of the Day: An SR-71 Blackbird From The 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing

    04/30/2013 5:22:57 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 69 replies ^ | February 1, 1982 | Ken Hackman, U.S. Air Force
    The Photographer Ken Hackman, United States Air Force   Via (medium, large) 
  • An SR-71 Blackbird Tail Fin Is For Sale On eBay For $1 Million

    06/02/2012 6:42:00 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | June 1, 2012 | Benjamin Preston
    An SR-71 Blackbird Tail Fin Is For Sale On eBay For $1 Million A tail rudder from the fastest airplane in the world could be yours — for a cool $1 million. The seller didn't say if it was a spare part, or if it was once part of a functioning SR-71 Blackbird, which is an important distinction given the cost. When it debuted in 1964, the SR-71 Blackbird — the mean looking surveillance aircraft that cruised high above the Soviet Union at speeds of up to mach 3.5 — cost the U.S. Air Force $34 million per air frame....
  • Bye Bye Blackbird: USDA acknowledges a hand in one mass bird death

    01/23/2011 9:51:42 PM PST · by Cedar · 24 replies
    It's not the "aflockalyptic" fallout from a secret US weapon lab as some have theorized. But the government acknowledged Thursday that it had a hand in one of a string of mysterious mass bird deaths that have spooked residents in Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, South Dakota, and Kentucky in the last month. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) took responsibility for hundreds of dead starlings that were found on the ground and frozen in trees in a Yankton, S.D., park on Monday. The USDA's Wildlife Services Program, which contracts with farmers for bird control, said it used an avicide poison...
  • Photos of the Day: The one and only U.S. Air Force SR-71 Blackbird

    05/12/2010 6:18:28 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 82 replies · 2,180+ views
    Lockheed Martin Corporation ^ | Lockheed Martin Corporation
    No. 1 via No. 2 via No. 3 via No. 4 via No. 5 via
  • Speed Is Life: The "question I'm most often asked is 'How fast would that SR-71 fly?'"

    05/05/2010 7:57:50 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 30 replies · 2,302+ views
    Plane & Pilot Magazine ^ | Brian Shul, former U.S. Air Force SR-71 "Blackbird" pilot
    So it was with great surprise, when at the end of one of my presentations, someone asked, "What was the slowest you ever flew in the Blackbird?" This was a first. After giving it some thought, I was reminded of a story that I had never shared before, and relayed the following.
  • As a former SR-71 pilot, and a professional keynote speaker...

    12/20/2009 3:47:34 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 98 replies · 4,272+ views
    Brian Shul, Retired SR-71 Pilot via Plane and Pilot Magazine | Brian Shul, Retired SR-71 Pilot
    As a former SR-71 pilot, and a professional keynote speaker, the question I'm most often asked is "How fast would that SR-71 fly?" I can be assured of hearing that question several times at any event I attend. It's an interesting question, given the aircraft's proclivity for speed, but there really isn’t one number to give, as the jet would always give you a little more speed if you wanted it to. It was common to see 35 miles a minute. Because we flew a programmed Mach number on most missions, and never wanted to harm the plane in any...
  • History of SR71Blackbird Losses

    12/02/2006 12:52:53 PM PST · by amakua · 105 replies · 4,936+ views
    Lots of SR71 aircraft pictures with brief discriptions of various accidents that occured over the life span of the aircraft.
  • SR-71 simulator exit ends Blackbird era in Valley

    08/26/2006 6:41:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies · 1,191+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Monday, August 21, 2006 | ALLISON GATLIN
    The flying days of the SR-71 Blackbird in the Antelope Valley are truly over, as one of the last vestiges of the aircraft's flight tenure in the Valley has departed. The only SR-71 simulator, housed at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, has been shipped to an aviation museum in Dallas. The simulator came to NASA when the flight test facility took control of three SR-71s when the aircraft were first retired from military service in 1989. Dryden used the aircraft for high-speed flight research, and NASA pilots trained on the simulator. The one-of-a-kind system was...
  • Math students take tough test, get history lesson

    03/13/2004 2:44:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies · 346+ views
    Valley Press ^ | March 13, 2004 | HEATHER LAKE
    LANCASTER - It's all about "thrust" and "drag." That which makes you go, and that which holds you back. Steve Justice, from Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, essentially told more than 100 high school students Friday that the way to get ahead is to minimize drag and use everything they have to succeed. "Don't be bound by the limits of current knowledge," Justice said at the 24th annual Mathematics Field Day at Antelope Valley College. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics jumped on board two years ago in hopes of piquing interest in the fields of engineering and aerospace. Justice, who has been with...