We love the SR-71 here at Atomic Toasters Galactic Command. As well we should. It’s damn sexy. Twenty three years ago yesterday, the SR-71 was first retired from the US Air Force, before pulling a Michael Jordan. It had one last record-setting flight.
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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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Tail number 977 in happier times
Good morning everyone.
Good news! Due to generosity of one our commenters, a Mr. Will Campbell, we have a large number of new SR-71 photographs to admire, most of which are hires.
Today we’re going to take a detailed look at the cockpit of SR-71 #977 which crashed on takeoff on October 10, 1968.
977 shortly after the crash. Image found at:notreally.info
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Good morning everyone.
Well, here I am again without a proper article to stultify your brain for the day. How very embarrassing, however there is nothing that can be done about it at this point. It’s time to go for the cheap shot.
The SR-71 Blackbird is hands down my favourite aircraft, and I know that it’s a favourite of many of you so-called readers out there. I’m not going to go into its history or development because most you know that better than I do. I don’t have a cool, previously unpublished pilot’s story to share either, dammit. No, what I’ve got is a gallery of hires photos that I’ve assembled from my collection that you can lose yourselves in for an hour or two. I doubt that there are any there that you haven’t already seen, but if there are, great! You just don’t come across new SR-71 photos that often these days, dammit again.
Since engineered is still off on safari in a windy building in an undisclosed location somewhere, this will also help somewhat to fill the void left by his lack of postings.
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The Pratt & Whitney J58 showing off its shock-waves.
For those of you unfamiliar, please meet the astonishing Pratt & Whitney J58, which may be the most convincing argument in favour of hybrid technology I’ve ever heard. Oh sure, it’s not a hybrid in the boring sense of a Toyota Prius, but strap [...]