Venus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1460 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6653 times:
My 2 years stationed at RAF Mildenhall from 84 to 86 I never got bored watching it take off, its rate of climb was rocket like and its engines howled even louder than the all the Q model tankers hitting water on takeoff to support her. Plus the tell tale sign of SR-71 engine start when you heard the unmuffled roar of its 454 big block chevy start carts roaring to life at about 0700 in the morning.
474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6511 times:
I was stationed at Beale AFB in the Air Force and worked on the SR-71's and watched lots of takeoffs. The best spot was from the launch truck that followed the plane to the runway on each takeoff. When the throttles were advanced and afterburners kicked in the truck would rock. Since I was in the sheet metal shop I only got to do it a few times but it was a thrill each time. But it didn't matter where you were on base when the SR took off you knew it, because it is loud.
I also grew up in Palmdale, California and got to see the first flight of the SR-71 .