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Amazing SR-71 Article (and Photo)

Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:12 am

 
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RE: Amazing SR-71 Article (and Photo)

Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:29 pm

I've read this before. But the SR-71 is still an amazing airplane. She was a one of.......
 
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RE: Amazing SR-71 Article (and Photo)

Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:24 pm

"I pulled the throttles to idle just south of Sicily , but we still overran the refueling tanker awaiting us over Gibraltar."

  
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RE: Amazing SR-71 Article (and Photo)

Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:08 pm

The Blackbird - along with the Valkyrie - soar over the rest of my all-time favorite airplanes. I first came across it in the same black plastic Revell kit as Major Brian Shul's way back in the late 60s. Unlike the good pilot's discarded model plane, mine still occupy pride of place in my 1/72 scale fighter collection all these 4+ decades.
I would watch movies with the Blackbird in them. In one of those films, the Blackbird acts as a strike force carrier, chasing after a 747 to offload its troops to the jumbo jet in midair via an extended tube from the top of the former to the underside of the latter. Of course its all make-belief of the celluloid world but very watchable. I have forgotten the title of that movie. Anybody here know what its called?
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RE: Amazing SR-71 Article (and Photo)

Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:55 pm

Quoting neutrino (Reply 3):
In one of those films, the Blackbird acts as a strike force carrier, chasing after a 747 to offload its troops to the jumbo jet in midair via an extended tube from the top of the former to the underside of the latter. Of course its all make-belief of the celluloid world but very watchable. I have forgotten the title of that movie. Anybody here know what its called?

Recently, I got across a movie that sounds similar... but then, in that movie two F-117 are carried in a C-5 from Turkey to the U.S. via Borneo, but the KC-10 (that mutates into a KC-135 between shots) was taken over by terrorists. They slide down the spacious refuelling boom into the C-5, stealing a F-117...

Voilà, the trailer of said movie...


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RE: Amazing SR-71 Article (and Photo)

Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:03 pm

Nice article! Thank you for sharing.

Over 4000 missiles have been fired towards the SR-71 blackbird the article says.
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RE: Amazing SR-71 Article (and Photo)

Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:16 am

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 4):
Recently, I got across a movie that sounds similar... but then, in that movie two F-117 are carried in a C-5 from Turkey to the U.S. via Borneo, but the KC-10 (that mutates into a KC-135 between shots) was taken over by terrorists. They slide down the spacious refuelling boom into the C-5, stealing a F-117...

Calling Topboom, is the flying boom's diameter actually big enough to accommodate full-grown men sliding inside it?
OTOH, if the the miracle workers of Tinseltown can fit the Nighthawk with its 43ft+ span into the Galaxy's cargo hold, I reckon shrinking mere humans is just another day's work. 
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RE: Amazing SR-71 Article (and Photo)

Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:10 am

Quoting neutrino (Reply 3):
In one of those films, the Blackbird acts as a strike force carrier, chasing after a 747 to offload its troops to the jumbo jet in midair via an extended tube from the top of the former to the underside of the latter. Of course its all make-belief of the celluloid world but very watchable. I have forgotten the title of that movie. Anybody here know what its called?

Sounds just like "Executive Decision", except it wasn't an SR-71, it was a "modified" F-117.
 
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RE: Amazing SR-71 Article (and Photo)

Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:16 pm

Quoting moo (Reply 7):


The modus operandi of personnel transfer look similar but I believe its a different movie.
My atrophying mind could be wrong in some of the details below; still this is what I recall fuzzily:
The Blackbird coupled to the 747 from under the tail section, not the front as in Executive Decision.
The men boarding the jumbo are all soldiers and the commander was a semi-darkskinned toughie who was the sole survivor of the boarding party. He was injured and was later helped by a frightened cutesy blonde stewardess.
Earlier on, the object of the hijack was a disc containing names of important people or something like that which was in the possession of some politician. During the brief of the intercept mission, mention was made of the great speed capability of the Blackbird to catch up with the jumbo. Also, I have no recollection of Kurt Russell, Halle Berry and Steven Seagal being among the cast.
But thanks anyway, moo.
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RE: Amazing SR-71 Article (and Photo)

Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:06 pm

I LOVE how he talks about "her" and her personality, and she'll get us out of harm!! I always felt that way about my tankers! Awesome read!
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RE: Amazing SR-71 Article (and Photo)

Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:08 am

http://www.barthworks.com/aviation/sr71breakup.htm

Here's another SR-71 story I hadn't seen until a couple weeks ago.
 
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RE: Amazing SR-71 Article (and Photo)

Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:17 am

Quoting Flighty (Reply 10):

http://www.barthworks.com/aviation/sr71breakup.htm

Here's another SR-71 story I hadn't seen until a couple weeks ago.

The story of the flight over Lybia was amazing. The story of this crash and the way the pilot survived it's really incredible.

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