From the Lockheed Skunk Works,first flight took place at Groom Lake (Area 51), Nevada, on 25 April 1962.....The SR-71 was in service with the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1998. Twelve of the 32 aircraft were destroyed in accidents; none was lost to enemy action The SR-71 was unofficially named the Blackbird, and called the Habu by its crews,referring to an Okinawan species of pit viper......The rest is history......Vin!
Last Edit: Oct 31, 2010 1:39:28 GMT -5 by windrunner
Post by stewstewart on Oct 16, 2010 8:28:50 GMT -5
In over 20 years in the Air Force I never got to see one up close.
I remember the first reports - I was in my early teens - of the space age interceptor (YF-12) which was the first purpose and the early designs.
These reports came out just about the same time as the announcements about our being able to control certain "rays" (lasers) which would lead to Buck Rogers type ray gun weapons - we're there!!!!
She's a leaky beast on the ground and beyond belief in the air (and higher than where the "air" goes).
There's the story of the ATC guy getting a request from "Blackbird-7" for level 83-5 (83,500 ft). The controller replied, in some disbelief and just a hint of contempt, that Blackbird-7 could have level 83-5 if he could get up there. The reply was, "Thank you, Denver Control. Blackbird-7 DESCENDING (!!!!!) to level 83-5."
Yeah, she was an amazing bird!
May the Mass times the Acceleration be with You always!