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Meet the SR-72

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by dpeters11, Nov 1, 2013.

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    Wow! 50 years or so after the SR-71 we're thinking about a successor.

    I worked on the B-70 bomber as a subcontractor at North American Aviation in 1959. I knew someone who worked on the Lockheed SR-71 around that time, although the designation/identification didn't appear until several years later.
     
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    I've always like the SR71, never knew it in person but very cool plane. I read an article a few years ago written by one of the pilots, He had put together a model when he was younger and threw it out as a piece of junk, glue coming out of the seams etc. He realized it was more accurate than he realized when he saw one fueled up in the hanger.

    Apparently flying it changed his mind.
     
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    Maybe they won't make the mistake of mounting guns on it this time.
     
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    I just reread material, mach 6 is cruising speed so definitely can go faster.
     
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    I find it interesting in that they want it to be capable of doing this "Spaceless" - without GPS and comm-sat links. Using inertial guidance - certainly possible on the NAV side. And Comms could be done using HF...

    There are places where you Joe Average citizen can go oogle the SR71 - the Smithsonian annex at Dulles airport in the DC metro area, for example. (I'd like to make a trip there sometime).
     
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    I want to go to the annex as well. The original air and space museum lost something as I got older, though I recently found that the front if the spirit of St Louis is the color it is due to a preservation technique that went wrong.
     

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