Here lives the "Bat out of Hell!"
In 1960s Soviet Union sold titanium to the US believing they needed it for Pizza Ovens but instead they used it to build the SR-71 Blackbird
"One moonless night, while flying a routine training mission over the Pacific, I wondered what the sky would look like from 84,000 feet if the cockpit lighting were dark. While heading home on a straight course, I slowly turned down all of the lighting, reducing the glare and revealing the night sky. Within seconds, I turned the lights back up, fearful that the jet would know and somehow punish me. But my desire to see the sky overruled my caution, I dimmed the lighting again. To my amazement, I saw a bright light outside my window. As my eyes adjusted to the view, I realized that the brilliance was the broad expanse of the Milky Way, now a gleaming stripe across the sky. Where dark spaces in the sky had usually existed, there were now dense clusters of sparkling stars Shooting stars flashed across the canvas every few seconds. It was like a fireworks display with no sound. I knew I had to get my eyes back on the instruments, and reluctantly I brought my attention back inside. To my surprise, with the cockpit lighting still off, I could see every gauge, lit by starlight. In the plane's mirrors, I could see the eerie shine of my gold spacesuit incandescently illuminated in a celestial glow. I stole one last glance out the window. Despite our speed, we seemed still before the heavens, humbled in the radiance of a much greater power. For those few moments, I felt a part of something far more significant than anything we were doing in the plane. The sharp sound of Walt's voice on the radio brought me back to the tasks at hand as I prepared for our descent."
Brian Shul - Sled Driver
If you didn’t know better, you might think this was the underground hanger on Hoth.
I don't often get to do an ode to my older brother, but thanks to Simon Whistler - Good informational!
Thanks Mom!! 😎😏
On this day in 1990 an SR-71 Blackbird Flew From LA to Washington DC In 1 hour, 4 minutes and 20 seconds
Those were the days!
30 years ago today, a Blackbird smashed a transcontinental speed record. On Mar. 6, 1990, SR-71 Blackbird S/N 61-7972 (tail number #972) made its final flight from AF Flight Test Center Plant 42 in…
Kudos to budding filmmakers Andy and Dan for this project. Commendable effort!
Dan & Andy chronicle their journey making an action-packed aviation film about Swedish combat jets challenging the uncatchable American SR-71 Blackbird. Than...
Thanks Doc! 😎
(Via Doctrine Man)
December 22nd, 1964, The first flight of Lockheed's Skunk Works, and the brain child of Kelly Johnson, super secret Strategic Reconnaissance SR-71, was designed with a minimal radar cross section, loaded with electronic countermeasures, and a deep blue/black paint to increase its internal heat emiss...
The US Military crafted a spy plane so sophisticated it could spy on Russian bases and never be shot down. The SR 71 was the perfect feat of aeronautical eng...
America's secret supersonic spy drones flew over China in the 1960s
After a CIA pilot named Francis Gary Powers was shot down in a U-2 Spy Plane over the Soviet Union, the US tried something different.
The Plane that Dreams are Made Of: The SR-71 Blackbird
The SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most advanced aircraft ever built. And it was built over fifty years ago. The Blackbird Family: http://youtu.be/S2xgI3wQbWQ...
In 1966, an SR-71 "Blackbird" disintegrated at 78,000 feet. The pilot's first thought was "No one could live through what just happened. Therefore, I must be...
We Are The Mighty
Neil Armstrong himself was among the test pilots.
I'd add a highly disciplined infantry unit to this list.
"There's talk on the street, it sounds so familiar..."
"We never dreamt that it would be this clear, this beautiful."
Via: We Are The Mighty
NASA has tested an advanced air-to-air photographic technology in flight, capturing the interaction of shockwaves from two supersonic aircraft in flight.
Lot of informational videos of this kind on YouTube lately. This was well made.
The Cold War locked the United States and Soviet Union into a tense struggle for global influence and control. The first purpose-built American spy plane to ...
It's always nice to be remembered!!
That Time A Crippled SR-71 Blackbird In Emergency Was Intercepted By Four Swedish Viggens After Violating Sweden’s Airspace
A crippled bird operating on one engine, mind you. The Swedish Viggens escorted her to safety.
An interesting Cold War episode worth 4 medals. During the 1980s, the U.S. flew regular SR-71 Blackbird aircraft reconnaissance missions in international waters over the Barents Sea and the Baltic …
Righting the wrongs of First Man.
"I'm still goin' upstairs like a bat out of hell!"
We Are The Mighty
Here's what we know.
Walk on home boy!!
These pilots definitely gave air traffic controllers a reason to smile that day.
Today marks 71 years since "rocketed past the sound barrier." Never a doubt he had the Right Stuff.
Totally forgot to post this earlier: Yours truly was at a McDonald's in DC the other night munching on apple pie and coffee with friends. The next table over, are kids wearing an SR-71 Blackbird t-shirt and discussing this very page. I couldn't help but overhear their conversation and chuckle within.
If only they'd known who was eavesdropping!!
If you have a grand just sitting around doing nothing... have I got a deal for you.
Best thing on YouTube? Without doubt!
Psst! Only 119 subscribers to get to that 11K count. Go destroy that 'Like' button!!
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