Airborne Awesomosity

Blackbird Pron

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Nevada mountains sold separately.

I’ve spent most of the morning emailing back and forth between suppliers trying to coordinate details and approving valve performance tests. Emailing. I have done in 4 hours what would have taken days not that long ago. Yet, I look at aircraft like the SR-71 which, from contract award to first prototype, took just under 2 years and I wonder…have we really advanced?

Now that your brain is working, let’s get the rest of your body working after the jump.

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Spy vs Spy Week, Startup

Startup: Necessary Condescension – Spy Plane Edition

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Nevada mountains sold separately.

Last week on Necessary Condescension, we explained the difference between an aileron roll, a barrel roll, and a cinnamon roll. To recap, an aileron roll is what you do when Peppy yells at you to do a barrel roll, a barrel roll is a very cool strafing loop in mid-air, and a cinnamon roll for breakfast explains the man-boobs I have to accompany my beer gut. We also said we would later explain what flight has in common with dribble glasses. What we didn’t say was that we don’t have an engineering degree and may not be qualified to write this article, but you made it this far so you may as well keep going.

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Stealth Week

A Suntan in Space

Before you can run you have to crawl.

We all know and, sometimes, appreciate that fact of life. If it weren’t for Lockheed crawling along at the leading edge of technology, we would be in an entirely different world. Continue reading A Suntan in Space

Stealth Week

Can’t See It, Can’t Catch It: The CIA’s OXCART Dart

While the transparent behemoth that I wrote about earlier is probably the first aircraft designed with a form of stealth intentionally built-in, the Lockheed family of supersonic lawn darts starting with the A-12 pictured above were the first operational aircraft engineered to reduce their RADAR profile – what we currently picture as stealth technology.

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