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    Cool SR-71 article...

    I remember when i was in 5th grade and the SR-71 made its "final" flight. I think they might have brought it back into service a couple years later, but I can't remember offhand. IIRC, the newspaper article said that the SR-71 did San Francisco to Washington, D.C. in 68 minutes. Even at 10 years old, I thought..."holy shit, that is AWESOME."

    http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com...-that-jet.html

    and a quote from the article that had me cracking up:

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    One day, high above Arizona, we were monitoring the radio traffic of all the mortal airplanes below us. First, a Cessna pilot asked the air traffic controllers to check his ground speed. 'Ninety knots,' ATC replied. A twin Bonanza soon made the same request. 'One-twenty on the ground,' was the reply. To our surprise, a navy F-18 came over the radio with a ground speed check. I knew exactly what he was doing. Of course, he had a ground speed indicator in his cockpit, but he wanted to let all the bug-smashers in the valley know what real speed was 'Dusty 52, we show you at 525 on the ground,' ATC responded. The situation was too ripe. I heard the click of Walter's mike button in the rear seat. In his most innocent voice, Walter startled the controller by asking for a ground speed check from 81,000 feet, clearly above controlled airspace. In a cool, professional voice, the controller replied, 'Aspen 20, I show you at 1,742 knots on the ground.' We did not hear another transmission on that frequency all the way to the coast.
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    "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil, for I am at Angel's Eight Zero and climbing." -Unknown SR-71 pilot
    A friend of the family when I was growing up was a test pilot on the A-12 (predecessor to the SR-71.) He said you would fly East at night and watch the sun rise, turn around and fly a little bit, turn around again and watch the sun rise all over. Pretty cool.

    I read once that North Korea fired a surface to air missile at an SR-71. And missed by over a mile.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    I remember when i was in 5th grade and the SR-71 made its "final" flight. I think they might have brought it back into service a couple years later, but I can't remember offhand. IIRC, the newspaper article said that the SR-71 did San Francisco to Washington, D.C. in 68 minutes. Even at 10 years old, I thought..."holy shit, that is AWESOME."
    It was retired by the Air Force but the CIA kept a couple and continued flying them for a few years. One is on display at the Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport. The unclassified top speed of the SR-71 is just over Mach 3 but you can bet the classified top speed was probably a little North of that.
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    The CIA recently stole the one we had across the airfield at the museum

    http://www.mnangmuseum.org/Exhibits/aircraft/a-12.htm
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    We have one at the museum of flight here in Seattle. You really get an idea of the size of it when standing underneath it.

    It's truly an amazing display, and they have a mockup cockpit for the kids to sit in.
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    Ironically, the plane was dripping, much like the misshapen model had assembled in my youth. Fuel was seeping through the joints, raining down on the hangar floor. At Mach 3, the plane would expand several inches because of the severe temperature, which could heat the leading edge of the wing to 1,100 degrees. To prevent cracking, expansion joints had been built into the plane. Sealant resembling rubber glue covered the seams, but when the plane was subsonic, fuel would leak through the joints.
    That has always amazed me, since the first time I read about the aircraft leaking on the ground.
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    At the SAC Museum in Ln. Neb. they have an SR-71 on display. When you walk in, it's suspended between the floors and when you go upstairs, you can walk around the upper part of the plane. It's a "Must-see" for avionics fans.

    As I recall. the Chinese tried on several occasions to shoot one down, but by the time their missles reached altitude, the SR-71 was going to fast to catch. At top speed, it took an area the size of the state on Montana for the plane to turn a 180. Truly fantastic. I can only imagine what replaced it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cidp24 View Post
    That has always amazed me, since the first time I read about the aircraft leaking on the ground.
    Supposedly it would stretch a full two feet in flight because of those joints. It would refuel immediately after take off because of all the fuel it lost on the ground.
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