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  • Perlan II readies for record-breaking ascent to 90,000ft

    05/10/2016 4:06:53 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 09 May, 2016 | Stephen Trimble
    Airbus Group chief executive Tom Enders took the controls of the two-seat Perlan II glider during a 10min test flight on 7 May from the windswept, high-desert airport in Minden, Nevada, raising the public profile of a volunteer team of aviation adventurers hoping to make history in about four months. Afterwards, Enders – a licensed helicopter pilot and skydiving enthusiast – pronounced the Airbus-sponsored composite vehicle ready to achieve the Perlan team’s goal of shattering the winged altitude record of 85,069ft set by the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird in 1976, using a unique and barely understood weather phenomenon instead of afterburning...
  • 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...
  • (From July 2, 2013)SR-71 BlackBird: The Cold War�s Ultimate Spy Plane

    10/28/2015 5:20:03 AM PDT · by lbryce · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 July 2013 | Staff
    Make sure to scroll down to the end of the article to view the numerous photographs of the SR-71. After a Soviet surface-to-air missile battery showdown with a USAF U-2 spy plane near the closed city of Sverdlovsk in 1960, the US government realised they needed a reconnaissance plane that could fly even higher – and outrun any missile and fighter launched against it. The answer was the SR-71 Blackbird. It was closer to a spaceship than an aircraft, made of titanium to withstand the enormous temperatures from flying at 2,200mph (3,540kph). Its futuristic profile made it difficult to detect...
  • The fastest plane in the world

    03/10/2015 4:49:57 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue March 10, 2015 | Thom Patterson,
    In 1976 they smashed the world aviation speed record by blasting across the Western United States in America's super spy plane, the Lockheed SR-71.
  • Fascinating photos reveal how they built the SR-71 Blackbird

    02/07/2015 10:23:21 AM PST · by rey · 97 replies
    SPLOID Gizmodo.com ^ | 7 Feb 2015 | Jesus Diaz
    Built and designed in the 1960s after the A-12 Oxcart, the SR-71 Blackbird is still the fastest, most vanguardist air-breathing airplane in the history of aviation. These once classified photos reveal how Lockheed built both birds in secret, in California. They look taken at the Rebel base in Hoth. "Everything had to be invented" The A-12 and the SR-71 were a completely different design from anything else before it—and everything after, as time has demonstrated. At the time, many of the technologies needed to make these airplanes were considered "impossible." And yet, thanks to Kelly Johnson and the amazing team...
  • National Review Online SR-71 Blackbird slide show

    12/25/2014 2:55:39 PM PST · by rktman · 65 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 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.
  • Need for Speed: Pilot Recalls Record-Setting Supersonic Flight

    08/04/2014 2:02:47 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 37 replies
    Live Science ^ | 07/24/2014 | Tanya Lewis
    ARLINGTON, Va. — On a September day in 1974, Capt. Harold "Buck" Adams set the world speed record in the U.S. military's SR-71 Blackbird aircraft. At the controls of the twin-engine supersonic plane, Adams flew from London to Los Angeles in a blistering 3 hours, 47 minutes and 39 seconds. The Cold War was in full swing, and "there was a need for an airplane that could penetrate Soviet airspace with impunity," Adams, a retired brigadier general for the U.S. Air Force, told an audience July 18 here at a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) expo showcasing the Pentagon's...
  • Unmasked: Area 51's Biggest, Stealthiest Spy Drone Yet

    12/06/2013 2:27:20 PM PST · by mandaladon · 30 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 6 Dec | Zach Rosenberg
    The drone that spied on bin Laden and on Iran's nukes was just the start. Meet its bigger, higher-flying, stealthier cousin, the Northrop Grumman RQ-180. It's probably been flying for a few years now, but you weren't supposed to know that; the existence of this secret project, based out of Area 51, was revealed Friday by Aviation Week. The existence of the RQ-180 has been long rumored. Cryptic public statements by U.S. Air Force officials indicated a secret high-altitude reconnaissance drone, and Northrop officials frequently reference the broad strokes of the program. For that matter, it is likely not the...
  • 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.
  • Lockheed’s SR-72 Could Fill Crucial Pentagon Need

    11/02/2013 6:03:43 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 35 replies
    Naval Institute Proceedings ^ | 1 Nov 13 | David Mamjudar
    Could Lockheed Martin Skunk Works’ SR-72 hypersonic concept design fill the Pentagon’s need for a penetrating intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft? The answer could be yes.
  • 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.
  • Aviation Week outs successor to SR 71 "BlackBird" . This one can do Mach 6 and is armed...!

    11/01/2013 4:22:41 PM PDT · by njslim · 112 replies
    Aviation Week's Guy Norris has an exclusive article on the successor for the Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird, the legendary spy plane that may be the favorite of every airplane nerd in the world. The hypersonic SR-72 is the first aircraft that can fit perfectly in Star Wars or Galactica, a true space age ship.
  • 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...
  • Area 51 and its purpose declassified: No UFOs, but lots of U-2 spy planes

    08/15/2013 11:52:25 PM PDT · by South40 · 45 replies
    NBCNews ^ | 8/15/2013 | Alan Boyle
    A newly declassified CIA history from 20 years ago spills the story about Nevada's Area 51 and its secret mission — which was not to study UFOs, but to test the U-2 and other spy planes. The CIA's story about the legendary test site is contained in "The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: the U-2 and Oxcart Programs." The document was approved for release in June, with just a few remaining redactions, in response to a Freedom of Information request filed by George Washington University's National Security Archive back in 2005.
  • SR-71 Blackbird: The Cold War's ultimate spy plane

    07/04/2013 3:36:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 61 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 July 2013 | Stephen Dowling
    SR-71 Blackbird: The Cold War's ultimate spy plane Colonel Rich Graham spent 15 years as a Blackbird pilot and wing commander. He told BBC Future some of his incredible stories about the world's fastest plane. After a Soviet surface-to-air missile battery showdown with a USAF U-2 spy plane near the closed city of Sverdlovsk in 1960, the US government realised they needed a reconnaissance plane that could fly even higher – and outrun any missile and fighter launched against it. The answer was the SR-71 Blackbird. It was closer to a spaceship than an aircraft, made of titanium to withstand...
  • Early years...SR-71...ever wonder how it got from there to there?

    05/04/2013 12:11:07 PM PDT · by Doogle · 49 replies
    Roadrunners Internationale ^ | unk | Frank Murray
    Interesting story of how they transported the Blackbird of Project OXCART, it was known that the A-12s would be built in the SkunkWorks within the Lockheed Plant complex in Burbank, California and that the A-12s would have to be transported overland to Area 51 for flight testing, development and training of the Project Pilots. Photo's and planning story
  • 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) 
  • GROOM LAKE - AREA 51 A-12 ARCHANGEL CIA PROJECT OXCART HOW THEY GOT HERE

    04/28/2013 9:57:34 AM PDT · by tje · 13 replies
    Roadrunners Internationale ^ | Not Dated | Frank Murray
    This piece of the History of the Lockheed A-12 is dedicated to the memory of Dorsey G. Kammerer. Dorsey was a part of the Lockheed SkunkWorks from its inception. He was an "inside" man on the team that built the P-38 Lightning, the P-80 Shooting Star, the F-104 Starfighter, the U-2 Angel and the A-12 Archangel and the other versions, the YF-12 and the SR-71. Dorsey that had the foresight to save the photos that help document this story. Dorsey's family found these gems and made them available for this story. This story has never really been told in much...
  • 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....
  • How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business

    04/24/2012 6:41:06 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    GIZMODO ^ | Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor USAF (ret.)
    How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business How do you hide an airplane behind a bird? Very skillfully. Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor (ret.) flew the F-117 Nighthawk during the Bosnia Conflict, and in Stealth Fighter, he explains the history, operation, and soul America's most advanced stealth jet. While the United States had never embraced a defensive mindset and had only fielded one strategic SAM system to that point, the Nike-Hercules dating from the 1950s, and one real medium-range tactical system, the HAWK (homing all the way...
  • Chinese jets chase U.S. surveillance jet over Taiwan Strait

    07/25/2011 6:43:11 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 148 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 25, 2011 | Bill Gertz
    Two Chinese warplanes intercepted an American spy plane over the tense Taiwan Strait last month in China’s most aggressive challenge to U.S. surveillance flights since a 2001 collision that touched off an international crisis. According to defense officials, the intercept took place June 29. The two Chinese jets flew from a base in China to head off an Air Force U-2 spy plane over the dividing line in the 100-mile wide Taiwan Strait. “In general, these reconnaissance flights are conducted in international airspace, as are the PRC [Chinese] intercepts, which happen fairly routinely,” said a Pentagon official familiar with the...
  • 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.
  • Head Skunk

    02/01/2010 8:13:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 678+ views
    Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine ^ | 3/01/2010 | Peter Garrison
    The name of the super-secret project was Suntan. It was to be the ultimate reconnaissance airplane, flying so high and so fast—it was to cruise above 100,000 feet at Mach 2—that detection would be unlikely and interception impossible. But it also would have been a giant winged thermos bottle, with a fuel tank full of liquid hydrogen at –400 degrees Fahrenheit and its outer skin baking at 350 degrees or more. A proposed hydrogen liquefaction plant dedicated to producing fuel for several of the airplanes would have sucked up 10 percent of the natural gas supply of Los Angeles in...
  • 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...
  • Now YOU can own an SR-71

    09/24/2009 10:21:45 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 25 replies · 1,570+ views
    D J Allyn website ^ | 9-19-2009 | D J Allyn
    Link only here.
  • The King of Speed

    06/21/2009 10:43:26 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 44 replies · 2,512+ views
    There were a lot of things we couldn't do in an SR-71 Blackbird (The Air Force/NASA super fast, highest flying reconnaissance jet, nicknamed, "The Sled"), 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 would not be the first word I would use to describe flying this plane - intense, maybe, even cerebral. But there was one day in our Sled experience when we would have to say that it was pure fun to...
  • A pilots story about the SR-71 the Black Bird

    03/07/2008 4:27:01 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 68 replies · 25,131+ views
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    A pilots story about the SR-71 the Black Bird In April 1986, following an attack on American soldiers in a Berlin disco, President Reagan ordered the bombing of Muammar Qaddafi's terrorist camps in Libya. My duty was to fly over Libya and take photos recording the damage our F-111's had inflicted. Qaddafi had established a "line of death," a territorial marking across the Gulf of Sidra , swearing to shoot down any intruder that crossed the boundary. On the morning of April 15, I rocketed past the line at 2,125 mph. I was piloting the SR-71 spy plane, the world's...
  • Bill Clinton Won't Attend NSC Meetings in a Hillary White House (Hillary undermines her argument)

    12/29/2007 1:34:05 PM PST · by keepitreal · 51 replies · 491+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 29, 2007
    ABC News' Jonathan Greenberger reports: If she makes it to the White House, Sen. Hillary Clinton said today her husband will take on the same responsibilities as traditional presidential spouses, with no access to National Security Council meetings. "I think he would play the role that spouses have always played for presidents," said Clinton, in an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. "He will not have a formal, official role, but just as presidents rely on wives, husbands, fathers, friends of long years, he will be my close confidante and adviser as I was with him."
  • New Top Secret Construction at Area 51

    07/21/2007 3:49:32 AM PDT · by MARKUSPRIME · 87 replies · 5,020+ views
    Something big is in the works at Nevada's legendary Area 51 military base. A massive new building is under construction at the top secret location. Aviation experts say there's a good chance that a new, highly classified aircraft might soon be zipping around the Nevada skies. What kind of aircraft? One possibility is a successor to the SR-71 spy plane, the SR-72. The SR-71 Blackbird is widely regarded as the greatest airplane ever built. It sliced through the sky at Mach 3 and still reigns, officially anyway, as the fastest plane in history. Groom Lake, also known as Area 51,...
  • 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...
  • Pilot Humor

    07/06/2006 3:36:34 PM PDT · by Enchante · 17 replies · 1,340+ views
    Vanity/Humorous Email Bulletin ^ | July 6, 2006 | UNKNOWN (various)
    Airplane Talk [Aviation ...... Note: For those that don't know, "The Sled" is the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane from the 1960's and still the fastest airplane.] In his book, "Sled Driver", SR-71 Blackbird pilot Brian Shul writes: "I'll always remember a certain radio exchange that occurred one day as Walt (my back-seater) and I were screaming across Southern California 13 miles high. We were monitoring various radio transmissions from other aircraft as we entered Los Angeles airspace. Though they didn't really control us, they did monitor our movement across their scope. I heard a Cessna ask for a readout of...
  • Memories soar at U-2's 50th

    10/16/2005 2:15:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies · 292+ views
    Antelope Valley Press on ^ | Sunday, October 16, 2005. | MARISSA WIDDISON
    PALMDALE - The sleek black airplane, designed for high-altitude information gathering, secretly took to the skies from a remote Nevada test site in 1955. The public found out about the Cold War spy plane five years later when pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down in one during a mission over the Soviet Union. Now, five decades later, the Air Force still uses the aircraft to gather intelligence. NASA uses it to conduct scientific experiments. And on Saturday, Mark Hagan used the plane to teach his daughter about aerodynamics. Hundreds of people visited the Blackbird Airpark on Saturday to celebrate...
  • First lady of SR-71 killed

    09/20/2005 11:56:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 106 replies · 3,738+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Tuesday, September 20, 2005. | ALLISON GATLIN
    YUKON, Okla. - NASA engineer and champion aerobatic pilot Marta Bohn-Meyer was killed Sunday when her plane crashed during practice for next week's National Aerobatic Championships. The crash occurred shortly before noon near Oklahoma City, where she was piloting her home-built Giles G-300 airplane. She had been joined there by her husband and fellow aerobatic pilot, Bob Meyer. "Flying and doing things with airplanes is my passion," she once said. "Given a choice, I'll go fly airplanes." According to the International Aerobatic Club, Bohn-Meyer had pulled into a vertical maneuver when the cockpit canopy came off. The airplane then crashed...
  • The coolest spy plane ever built, SR-71.

    02/05/2005 3:15:15 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 346 replies · 7,183+ views
    Various ^ | 2-5-05
    <p>The coolest spy plane ever built, SR-71. I was watching Modern Marvels on the History channel last night. This aircraft broke all kinds of international speed and alitude records which still have not been beaten today. It was nothing for them to fly at 80,000 feet and it was a piece of cake to fly at about mach 3, or about 2100 mph. For those of you old enough, remember the sonic boom days? About 750 miles would create a sonic boom, or a doppler effect.</p>
  • Nasa jet set for speed record bid

    11/15/2004 11:24:28 AM PST · by anonymoussierra · 14 replies · 554+ views
    BBC News ^ | BBC News
    An "air-breathing" test plane will attempt to break a world speed record for the second time in a year by flying at nearly 10 times the speed of sound. Nasa's X-43A will use a revolutionary "scramjet" engine in an attempt to smash its previous mark of Mach 7. While capable of reaching rocket-like speeds, it does not carry an oxidiser on board to ignite its hydrogen fuel; it gets its oxygen from the air. The unmanned flight will take place over the Pacific Ocean on Monday. Scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) technology could one day usher in a new generation of...
  • USAF’s New ‘Black’ Bird

    08/14/2004 2:14:59 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 38 replies · 2,346+ views
    DefenseNews ^ | 02 August 2004 14:14 | VAGO MURADIAN
    In what could be the largest top-secret aircraft program since the B-2 bomber, the U.S. Air Force is racing to develop a stealthy, supersonic, long-range unmanned reconnaissance plane that would give commanders better intelligence on the ever-shifting targets in the war on terrorism and elsewhere. And allow them to strike those targets. The Air Force wants to develop an unmanned airplane that combines attributes designers historically have said were difficult, if not impossible, to blend: high speed, high stealth, high altitude and, most important, high persistence — the ability to remain over a given spot for a day or more....
  • Smithsonian's AV birds

    05/30/2004 7:39:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies · 345+ views
    Valley Press ^ | May 30, 2004. | ALLISON GATLIN
    WASHINGTON - If the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall is aviation's Mecca, the pilgrimage now has a second site. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, named for its primary backer, opened adjacent to Dulles International Airport in December, providing a cavernous showcase for the Smithsonian's larger aircraft and space vehicles, as well as many others that couldn't find room in the traditional space. Unlike the Mall site with its sleek, boxy exterior, the new center across the river in nearby Virginia invokes the aviation history inside with its massive hangars and control tower observation deck. Whereas the...
  • 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...
  • President Bush is eating in my undisclosed location (UPDATE: Undisclosed location is IRAQ!)

    11/27/2003 7:37:26 AM PST · by ChiefKujo · 1,991 replies · 14,334+ views
    Eyes on ^ | 271830(C)NOV03 | ChiefKujo
    President Bush secretly landed an hour ago and is currently eating Thanksgiving dinner at my undisclosed location. Anticipate a press release after he takes off. ChiefKujo
  • Pilots recall early U-2, Blackbird, stealth tests

    11/26/2003 10:23:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 597+ views
    Valley Press ^ | November 24, 2003 | ALLISON GATLIN
    They are among the most recognizable aircraft in the world: U-2, SR-71 Blackbird, B-2 stealth bomber and F-117 stealth fighter. But in the beginning, few outside the cloistered world of their development knew of their existence. There were rumors of strange black shapes in the skies over Area 51 in Nevada's desert. But not even the families of those who designed, built and flew these top-secret machines knew what was really taking shape. Now, many of the tales of those "black world" airplanes can be told. Six pilots from those programs shared their stories recently at the Society of Experimental...
  • Skunk Works' Johnson set team standard

    10/30/2003 6:41:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies · 244+ views
    Valley Press ^ | October 27, 2003. | ALLISON GATLIN
    Legendary aircraft designer Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson was a visionary not only in the exotic aircraft produced by his top-secret "Skunk Works," but in the environment he created to foster such works as the Blackbird family of aircraft. "His way was to be quick, be quiet and be on time," said Rogers Smith, a former NASA research pilot who flew the SR-71. Smith and fellow NASA research pilot Edward Schneider spoke about Johnson and his famed Blackbird at a recent Society of Experimental Test Pilots' symposium in Los Angeles. "Kelly Johnson is my hero," Smith said. "He actually made 'better,...
  • Skunk Works fetes 60th anniversary

    08/11/2003 8:40:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies · 400+ views
    Antelope Valley Press ^ | August 11, 2003 | DENNIS ANDERSON
    PALMDALE - Travelers hurrying down Sierra Highway may have noticed the return of a familiar and friendly presence - the mischievous skunk of Lockheed Martin's famed black project workshop, the Skunk Works. He bears a nodding resemblance to the Warner Bros. cartoon character, Pepe LePew, and for decades he couldn't even come out in public. It would be a national security breach to identify yourself as an employee of the Skunk Works. With the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. officially observing the 60th anniversary of the famed hot project shop inaugurated by Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, the skunk emblem is back up...
  • 5 test pilots to join Walk of Honor

    08/07/2003 12:09:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 299+ views
    Antelope Valley Press ^ | August 7, 2003 | JULIE DRAKE
    LANCASTER - The five latest additions to Lancaster's Aerospace Walk of Honor will bring to 70 the number of aviation pioneers honored since the walk's inception in 1990. The experience of this year's honorees - James D. Eastham, Robert C. Little, Bruce Peterson, the late Russell M. "Rusty" Roth and Rogers Smith - all flew in the skies above the Antelope Valley during their careers in a series of firsts. Eastham tested and developed the world's first three Mach 3-plus aircrafts, the A-12, YF-12A and SR-71 Blackbird and Little took the F-101A Voodoo supersonic on its very first flight at...
  • Legendary pilot honored with lifetime achievement award

    05/01/2003 11:43:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies · 743+ views
    Antelope Valley Press ^ | May 1, 2003 | ALLISON GATLIN
    LANCASTER - He has flown 240 different kinds of aircraft, logging 16,700 hours of flight time while setting records and performing test piloting feats that are the "right stuff" of aviation history. Contrary to the popular image of high-flying test pilots, however, the one thing that everyone who has met Fitzhugh "Fitz" Fulton notes is his courtly "Southern gentleman" manner. Despite his many noteworthy accomplishments and awards, Fulton remains "so humble," said Paula Smith, executive director of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. "He always seems surprised when someone honors him." Fulton's already long list of awards was lengthened recently...
  • 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...