Into the Black

Link of the Day: The Thrill of Flying the SR-71 Blackbird. Thanks nin. Gripping story for one of the amazing aircraft of all time.
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Apr 8, 2010, 08:37
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I had the distinct pleasure of being on hand at Lockheed's Skunkworks facility (birthplace of the SR-71) for the 25th Anniversary flyby. He was to make 3 passes at 500 feet on the Burbank Airport runway that butted up againsed the parking lot. Apparently, the pilot was the "SR-71 Top Gun" and was (Supposedly) going to break the old public speed record on it's way to Florida to be delivered to NASA. Well, the first pass he had the plane in a near stall at about 45 degrees...and he was 47 feet off the ground!..then nailed the afterburner directly in front of the plant. The heat/thrust nearly blew us off our feet and set off every car alarm in the parking lot. WOW!! When he left for good we got a nice wing wave goodbye. I'll never forget it.
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Apr 7, 2010, 23:01
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Apr 7, 2010, 23:01
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Fantastic article! Wish I could afford the $427 book. Hopefully we have a copy at a nearby library.
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Apr 7, 2010, 21:48
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Oh baby, that article was wicked! Thanks nin, and Blue, respectively. I tell ya', after reading something like that it brings up some regrests that I didn't follow through all the way on going the Air Force route. And as much as I rail about taxes and the military wastefulness, that never applies to aircraft - hypocritical bastard that I am.

Best part of the whole article?

One day, high above Arizona , we were monitoring the radio traffic of all the mortal airplanes below us. First, a Cessna pilot asked the air traffic controllers to check his ground speed. 'Ninety knots,' ATC replied. A twin Bonanza soon made the same request. 'One-twenty on the ground,' was the reply. To our surprise, a navy F-18 came over the radio with a ground speed check. I knew exactly what he was doing. Of course, he had a ground speed indicator in his cockpit, but he wanted to let all the bug-smashers in the valley know what real speed was 'Dusty 52, we show you at 620 on the ground,' ATC responded. The situation was too ripe. I heard the click of Walter's mike button in the rear seat. In his most innocent voice, Walter startled the controller by asking for a ground speed check from 81,000 feet, clearly above controlled airspace. In a cool, professional voice, the controller replied, ' Aspen 20, I show you at 1,982 knots on the ground.' We did not hear another transmis sion on that frequency all the way to the coast.

ROFL! Oh man, that must have been sweet.
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