|Quoting Thegooddoctor (Reply 3):|
I'll hazard a guess - SR-71 from Edwards? This would fit your size profile and also the length of time you heard it (once you see/hear one of these things fly overhead, you don't forget it!)
I thought the SR
-71 Blackbirds have been gone for years. They were a victim of the Clinton era budget cuts. They are in museums all over the country.
They surely are amazing planes that are the faster ever built. They would typically fly training routes that flew up the west coast from California, the towards Pacific Northwest and then heading out over Utah and the Rocky Mountains before returning back to California. These flights took all of about 1 hour.
Unfortunately with new satellite technology, the need for the SR
-71 almost completely disappeared. The satellites have incredible resolution for spying on whomever and can fly over many parts of the world or at least get to an angle where they can photograph most parts of the world. Huge expensive and secret spy planes are a thing of the past. SR
-71s were great and useful in the Cold War and later while spying on Arab nations like Libya, but they just were too expensive.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!