There was a special type of KC-135 that was built to fuel the SR-71, but I was told recently that a KC-10 could also be used. Are there no special modifications needed to carry SR-71 fuel?
The temperature of the SR-71 skin must get fantastically hot, hot enough to melt paint. How do you paint one of those things?
Under what circumstances are SR-71s and U-2s used? Is there any kind of replacement or equal?
I understand that the radar warning receivers on U-2s are highly classified, suggesting some very interesting systems. Is it possible they are supported by RC-135s or something?
Have any of you ever seen a U-2 or SR-71 in flight? Or, god forbid, flown one or dealt with one operationally?