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Discussion in 'Laughter Is The Best Medicine' started by TBoneit, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    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 its ground speed. "90 knots" Center replied. "Moments later, a Twin
    Beech required the same." "120 knots," Center answered. We weren't the
    only ones proud of our ground speed that day as almost instantly an F-18
    smugly transmitted, 'Ah, Center, Dusty 52 requests ground speed
    readout.' There was a slight pause, then the response, "525 knots on the
    ground, Dusty."
    "Another silent pause. As I was thinking to myself how ripe a situation
    this was, I heard a familiar click of a radio transmission coming from
    my back-seater. It was at that precise moment I realized Walt and I had
    become a real crew, for we were both thinking in unison." "Center, Aspen
    20, you
    got a ground speed readout for us?" There was a longer than normal pause
    .... "Aspen, I show 1,742 knots" No further inquiries were heard on
    that frequency.

    In another famous SR-71 story, Los Angeles Center reported receiving a
    request for clearance to FL 60 (60,000ft). The incredulous controller,
    with some disdain in his voice, asked, "How do you plan to get up to
    60,000 feet? The pilot (obviously a sled driver), responded, "We don't
    plan to go up to it, we plan to go down to it." He was cleared.
  2. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    I like!
  3. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    An UFO got to step up and radio in.
  4. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
  5. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Enjoyed. Thanks.

    But isn't FL60 = 6,000 ft?
  6. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

    Nov 3, 2006
    Nope. 60,000 ft is correct.
  7. dmspen

    dmspen Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Dec 1, 2006
    Los Gatos,...
    Many years ago I got to take a tour at an Air Force Base north of Sacramento, CA. It was a base for SR-71 and U2 operations. We got to walk in the hangars with the planes and watched both take off. Pretty impressive stuff, especially considering the age of the technology.
  8. puckwithahalo

    puckwithahalo Hall Of Fame

    Sep 2, 2007
    In the late 70's the dad of one of my close friends got buzzed by something very fast and black while fixing antenna's on an airforce base. He had no idea what it was, but had talked about it for years. The day they revealed the SR71 to the public he said "Holy S$%&, thats what it was!" :lol:
  9. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    I've heard these stories and have always wondered. Were these after the SR-71 became public? I'd think they wouldn't have wanted these things over the airwaves, or were they within specs made public by that point?
  10. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Many attribute the public release of information on this program to President Johnson in Feb 1964, when he confirmed the successful flights of the A11 at altitudes of over 70,000 ft and speeds over 2,000 mph.
  11. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Then some needs to let the FAA and the ICAO know. From the FAA Pilot/Controller Glossary.

  12. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

    Nov 3, 2006
    No wonder Air Traffic Control sounded alarmed when I would report I was flying at FL 6.
  13. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    I suspect "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner's speed may have been "clocked" by something similar.
  14. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Youngsville NC
    I've heard the "descending to FL600" story before, and the ground speed one doesn't surprise me either...
  15. shuye

    shuye AllStar

    Oct 20, 2008
    Is the book good? I remember as a kid, I would build model airplanes from kits and the SR-71 was my favorite. I remember reading or seeing a show about them once that talked about how they had to allow for expansion of the materials due to heat so small gaps would be visible when it was on the ground.
  16. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Small gaps included the fuel tanks. They leaked so much that as soon as they got airborne, they had to refuel.

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