Braud65
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SR-71 Engine Pics

Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:14 am

Some very cool SR-71 engine pics. Not sure how recent the info is or how accurate, but I would have loved to see these run.


http://www.enginehistory.org/p&w_j58.htm


I see this has been updated as of yesterday.

My understanding is that an A-12 is on a pylon at Langley, completed or nearly so now. Wonder if there are any pictures floating around?  scratchchin 

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RE: SR-71 Engine Pics

Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:58 am

Holy crap.

I think they slightly threw off the Earth's rotation that night.  Big grin
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RE: SR-71 Engine Pics

Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:58 am



Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 1):
I think they slightly threw off the Earth's rotation that night.

No shit! The end of a great era. Biggest mistake the Air Force ever made was getting rid of the SR-71 program.
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RE: SR-71 Engine Pics

Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:32 pm



Quoting Braud65 (Thread starter):
My understanding is that an A-12 is on a pylon at Langley, completed or nearly so now. Wonder if there are any pictures floating around?

Visit https://www.cia.gov/about-cia/virtual-tour/virtual-tour-flash/index.html. It's a Flash presentation so you'll have to scroll around to find it. It's in the third set of photos.

I always thought it would be cool to be over there and drop the aero-geeky knowledge about how that's A-12 not an SR-71. I don't think most people know the difference. I'm sure you'd impress the DS&T guys.
 
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RE: SR-71 Engine Pics

Thu Jan 03, 2008 4:31 pm



Quoting Fridgmus (Reply 2):
No shit! The end of a great era. Biggest mistake the Air Force ever made was getting rid of the SR-71 program.

If you can find one source beyond aviation obsession (we all have it) which claims it was a mistake to retire one of the most costly aircraft in the USAF arsenal , then I would love to hear it . The costs involved in the SR-71 program are nowhere near necessary given the present day technology which can accomplish the exact same mission on a much more cheaper basis.
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RE: SR-71 Engine Pics

Thu Jan 03, 2008 4:35 pm

Sad to see it go!  Sad
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RE: SR-71 Engine Pics

Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:14 am

From my trip to Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinneville, Oregon last October.



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RE: SR-71 Engine Pics

Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:19 pm

My Grandpa worked on SR-71s, U-2s, F-117s and as he liked to put it, "other stuff" I've heard many cool stories on these aircraft. Sometimes the SR-71 is the best plane if you want lots of pictures over a very large area, plus you can re route it in flight...

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RE: SR-71 Engine Pics

Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:05 am



Quoting CF188A (Reply 4):
If you can find one source beyond aviation obsession (we all have it) which claims it was a mistake to retire one of the most costly aircraft in the USAF arsenal , then I would love to hear it . The costs involved in the SR-71 program are nowhere near necessary given the present day technology which can accomplish the exact same mission on a much more cheaper basis.

I must disagree with you about present day technology and what it can do CF. Although the U-2/TR-1 can do some of the SR-71 missions. I have a book in my room from a former SR-71 pilot and 1st SRS Commander. I will get it and post excerpts. Keep in mind, the SR-71 was way ahead of its time.
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RE: SR-71 Engine Pics

Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:24 pm



Quoting Fridgmus (Reply 2):
Biggest mistake the Air Force ever made was getting rid of the SR-71 program.

Along with the F/EF/FB-111s.  cry 

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