SR-71 Blackbird

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by dfettero, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. dfettero

    dfettero

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    Feb 16, 2008
    Stafford VA
    The SR-71 remained the world's fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft throughout its career. From an altitude of 80,000 ft (24 km), it could survey 100,000 square miles per hour (72 square kilometers per second) of the Earth's surface.

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  2. rotxlk82

    rotxlk82

    Jul 20, 2007
    UK
    Nice shot, you got a good angle on it
     
  3. Very cool photo ...........

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  4. gonedigital

    gonedigital Guest

    very nice pic!

    but actually those stats you listed on the SR-71 aren't completely true....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_A-12

    The Lockheed A-12, the SR-71's bigger brother, flew 150 mph faster, and could go 13,000 feet higher. The A-12's final flight was in 1968, and from there it was put in a government storage warehouse, along with the other fleet of A-12's, until 1991 when the bird was first declassified. However, the plane did not become known to the general public until May of 2008, when former CIA Pilot Jack Weeks, family was finally told the cause of his death, and what he was doing when his plane disintegrated over the Pacific during a recon mission in Russia.

    http://www.sr-71.org/blackbird/a-12/

    I got to see a version of the plane in Mobile, AL at the USS Alabama Battleship Park. they have a hangar full of planes there, and the A-12 was one of them. The guy who restored the plane after it was damaged by Hurricane Katrina was there and gave me the story on the plane.

    very cool read.

    http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20080605/NEWS/607046386/1007