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SR-71 Blackbird.  
User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6788 times:

I think it's a shame that they terminated this A/C's service.
To see that beauty fly is really something.
Anyone who knows where they rest, or have they been scrapped?


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User currently offlineSoren-a From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6516 times:

Hi

The Blackbirds that suvived are at various places.

The link below is for www.fas.org's SR-71 page, where there is a list of what happened to all A-12/SR-71's

http://www.fas.org/irp/program/collect/sr-71.htm

Regards
Søren Augustesen


User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6477 times:

Thanks, but the link doesn't work!?
Maybe just some error now. I try later.



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User currently offlineCV640 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 952 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6466 times:

There is one at the Boeing Field in the museum. Its non flying though and had probably been gutted, just the shell is left.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6459 times:

Several are in Museums. SAC museum has one, USAF museum too.
A&S probably, I think I saw one at Duxford. Intrepid in New York has had an A-12 for a long time.
NASA has 2 or 3, don't know their current status (at least one was used during the X-33 program for engine trials).



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User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6455 times:

Anyone who knows about the one that was stationed at UK. They flew it back to US, or did it stay in the UK?


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User currently offlineSoren-a From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6450 times:


Duxford has an SR-71 on display


User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6449 times:

Oh...Duxford is UK! Sorry!


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User currently offlineJkarry From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6443 times:

I was actually in Seattle over the weekend and I went to Boeing Field where they have the museum. They have a complete SR71 that you can walk around with the engine actually on the ground so you can look at it. They also have another SR71 that crashed a while back so they cut the fuselage and they allow you to actually sit inside a real SR71. You should definetely go if you have the chance.

User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 6430 times:

What's up with fas.org??? I haven't been able to log on to the site in about a day. Have they gone under?

LY744.



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User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6421 times:

Theres one at the USS Alabama muesuem, in Mobile has one in its hanger.


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User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6409 times:

So there is no risk that they use one in airshows or anything then?!
Did never really understand how big that bird is, before I got some comparesment. It's a BIG bird!



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User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6407 times:

What a beauty!!! And what a shame!


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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6398 times:

It gets even bigger after flying at super-sonic speeds! Big grin

LY744.



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User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6393 times:

My pc crashed 2 times when I tryed to enter this topic!? Anyone else had the same?


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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6386 times:

Ever been to that museum SUDDEN?
If not, book a ticket to sunny California and go there. It is worth the trip (even from cold windy AMS  Smile/happy/getting dizzy ).



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User currently offlineDrcv41 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 9 months 16 hours ago) and read 6379 times:

Nasa still uses 1 or 2 of them for high altitude testing of the upper atmospere. Something similar to the tr-2 they still have flying......dr

User currently offlineB1C17L1011 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6361 times:

The SR-71 is one of my favorite AirCraft. I was actually at Dulles International Airport in 1990 when the last active duty AF one landed there after making a cost to coast speed record. Check this page out, it is great.

http://www.wvi.com/~lelandh/sr-71~1.htm


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User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6345 times:

I guess the USAF to save money retired their SR-71s because the older the aircraft got the more expensive it was to maintain them. Who knows what is going on with development & testing of the so-called Aurora?

User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6335 times:

Aurora when into service in early 1995. Based on the elusiveness of the CIA's YF-12, we won't see any REAl pix until 2012.


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User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6319 times:

Never heard of that plane!!??


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User currently offlineSoren-a From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6327 times:


Lehpron:
Aurora when into service in early 1995. Based on the elusiveness of the CIA's YF-12, we won't see any REAl pix until 2012.

Do you have any references to this??? A web site or book??

Regards
Søren Augustesen


User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6320 times:

SUDDEN, you've never heard of that a/c because it probably doesn't exist.  Smile

LY744.



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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3364 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6319 times:

The YF-12 was the interceptor version of the SR-71. Obviously this prgramme was never really succesful. Here is a link to a page with some more info and even some photo's of the YF-12. The difference between the YF-12 and the SR-71 is most notable at the nose section.

http://www.fas.org/irp/program/collect/sr-71.htm



And for the fun of it a link to some information about the Aurora. Off course the information of this page cannot always be confirmed however, there is a low quality photo of a plane which should be the Aurora. This photo is defniately real, my mom saw a plane just like it (in Holland).
Just to make one point sure, she may be Dutch, she is not using any drugs or medicines. She is as healthy as can be. So I would like to get some serious replys, and no bullshit.

http://fas.org/irp/mystery/aurora.htm



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User currently offlineSoren-a From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6312 times:

Hi

Well I have heard the reports about the unidentified sonic booms of the coast of California, and I do belive that the USAF have some sort of super sonic/hyper sonic aircraft flying (manned or unmanned). The picture on the fas.org page is a fake, which they also state on the page. There are also the report about the mysterius plane that crash at a RAF airfield in Scotland (can't remember the name right now).

If the plane that Petertenthije's mother saw in Holland were the Aurora or not I can't say. But if she saw it as a civilian how just passed by the airfield I doubt that it was the Aurora (lets face it - if you want a plane kept secrect you don't send it to a contry crawling with spotters). Under what conditions did she see it?? (night/day, on/off the airfield, what year??).

As I said in the beginning I belive that the USAF (or CIA) has a high speed plane they want to keep secret, and I guess we will have to wait until they are god and ready to let the public know about it. In the mean time all we can do is guess and speculate (which is also quite fun).

Regards
Søren Augustesen



25 Petertenthije : Sorry Soren, you are completely right about the photo being a hax, I did not read the article completely. The plane flew in broad daylight over the Ea
26 Soren-a : Did the plane hover = "standing still in the air" and then flew of fast?? Or could it have been flying towards her (if it were far enough away it cou
27 Post contains images Lehpron : First off, the Aurora cannot hover, she has an MTOW of 200,000 lbs. Of course that photo is a hoax; it's very close but that is not what Aurora looks
28 Post contains links Soren-a : The exsitence of the A-12/SR-71 was know very early on. From http://www.fas.org/irp/program/collect/sr-71.htm: The SR-71 was designed by a team of Lo
29 Petertenthije : Hi soren-a, the plane actually hovered in the sky. It was not flying towards her. The plane did not fly near the coast. It flew more land-inwards. Nea
30 L-188 : If the US Air Force was trying to keep the YF-12 a secret they did a really crappy job. My folks ended up with a 1964 Life or Newsweek yearbook. In it
31 Post contains images Soren-a : Petertenthije: Well beats me what she saw - too bad she didn't have a camera Regards Søren Augustesen
32 Petertenthije : I agree. But even if she had a camera, than she probably would have screwed up the photo!
33 Post contains links Lehpron : I found this link on janes.com, it's from last year refering to the year before. It's a good read check it out: http://www.janes.com/defence/news/jidr
34 Jwenting : Aurora, the spyplane, does not exist. The project name was a cover for procurement funding or the first batch of B-2 bombers (before the official unve
35 Lehpron : Did you even read the article, Jwenting?
36 KDTWFlyer : Are there any that are flying today by chance?
37 Lurch : HI The SR-71A at duxford was shipped in in containers and re-assembled at the museum and is now the only one in Europe! Which makes it a real rare BLA
38 HaveBlue : I'm fairly certain that there is no more Blackbirds flying. Definitely not military, but uncertain whether NASA is still using theirs that were on loa
39 Broke : The airplane at the Boeing museum is not a SR-71; it is a M-21. The M-21 is basically a two seat A-12 designed to carry the D-21 drone and launch at h
40 JMChladek : NO Blackbirds are currently flying. NASA did have a couple, but they haven't flown since 1997 when the X-33 program was cancelled and have also become
41 MD-90 : The Air & Space Museum in Huntsville has an A-12 parked out front. The A-12 could fly slightly higher, slightly faster, and had a better camera than t
42 Smcmac32msn : I've seen 4 of these remaining SR71s in my life... here they are: National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC Wright Patterson AFB Museum, Dayton, OH N
43 MarcoB2 : One is stored at the beautiful Air Force Museum in Layton by Salt Lake City. It's there with a B-52 and many other main actors of the wars. An other o
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