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  • 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.
  • ONLINE SR71 BOOK

    book Flying the Worlds Fastest Jet http://www.mainewomensrugby.com/cwaltham/143352475-Sled-Driver-v2.pdf 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
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | February 1, 1982 | Ken Hackman, U.S. Air Force
    The Photographer Ken Hackman, United States Air Force   Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20060917.htm (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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lockheedmartin/1417846404/ No. 2 via http://www.flickr.com/photos/lockheedmartin/1038817987/ No. 3 via http://www.flickr.com/photos/lockheedmartin/1416958223/ No. 4 via http://www.flickr.com/photos/lockheedmartin/1038817887/ No. 5 via http://www.flickr.com/photos/lockheedmartin/4256659363/
  • 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...
  • Soft opening, landing for planes in new Heritage Airpark

    01/18/2004 10:13:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies · 337+ views
    Valley Press ^ | January 18, 2004. | BOB WILSON
    Beginning this weekend, aircraft buffs will be able to stroll up to and touch about half dozen historic aircraft at the city's newest public facility, the Heritage Airpark. The airpark, at 25th Street East and Avenue P, is a memorial to the aircraft designed, built and tested at U.S. Air Force Plant 42 since the facility was established in 1951. The airpark is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays beginning Jan. 17. A formal ceremony marking the opening of the facility will be held in March, noted Mayor Jim Ledford. Meanwhile, volunteers will continue to prepare...
  • Spy plane that kept the enemy 'honest' is here [SR-71B in AirZoo]

    05/04/2003 5:49:15 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 48 replies · 736+ views
    Kalamazoo Gazette ^ | Saturday, May 3, 2003 | BRUCE ROLFE
    Spy plane that kept the enemy 'honest' is hereSaturday, May 3, 2003%%par%%BY BRUCE ROLFESPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE The only B-model Blackbird training plane in the world is now on permanent loan to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo. After arriving in Kalamazoo in late March in pieces on seven flat bed trucks, the SR-71B Blackbird has been assembled and moved inside the museum for the public to view. Kalamazoo Air Museum Executive Director Bob Ellis said he is thrilled to have the SR-71B training plane -- which was capable of flying three times the speed of sound -- available for public view....
  • Students refurbish retired warbirds

    04/28/2003 10:02:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies · 372+ views
    The Antelope Valley Press ^ | April 28, 2003 | JULIE DRAKE
    PALMDALE - Many students spend spring break partying at the beach or on the slopes. However, a handful of Antelope Valley College airframe and powerplant students spent two days of their spring break restoring airplanes for display at Palmdale Plant 42 Heritage Airpark on Avenue P between 20th and 25th streets west. Jerry Shatzer, 46, and Betsy Luahiwa, 45, kept busy manufacturing a panel to cover an access panel near the tail end of a 1960s-era Navy A-4 Skyhawk, while Stephen Lopez, 39, Tim Gaines and James Dillard, 21, worked on the top of plane. "We're covering access panels no...
  • Blackbird Secrets Finally Revealed

    05/03/2002 6:48:46 AM PDT · by avg_freeper · 54 replies · 1,028+ views
    Antelope Valley Press ^ | April 29, 2002 | DENNIS ANDERSON
    Blackbird secrets finally revealedLaurels group honors 'Best of the best'This story appeared in the Antelope Valley Press April 29, 2002. By DENNIS ANDERSON Valley Press Editor LANCASTER - This story is TOP SECRET. If I tell you this story, I'm going to have to kill you. No, not really. Not like that. Not anymore. But that's the way it was. In recording the laurels of the fame and lore of the legendary Blackbird spy plane fraternity, Blackbird pilot yarns fall in the category of "Now it can be told." Now is about 10 years after the end of the Cold...