SR-71 Blackbird

SR-71 Blackbird Here lives the "Bat out of Hell!"

10/02/2023
Titanium ๐Ÿ•!!
06/20/2023

Titanium ๐Ÿ•!!

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

05/21/2023

"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
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The Hatchery.
05/10/2023

The Hatchery.

If you didnโ€™t know better, you might think this was the underground hanger on Hoth.

05/22/2020

Thanks Mom!! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜

02/11/2020
MACH III (SR71 Vs. Saab JA 37 Short Film)

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...

12/22/2019
The SR-71 Blackbird

Thanks Doc! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

(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...

08/14/2019
Fall from an SR-71

Good clip!

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...

04/08/2019
We Are The Mighty

We Are The Mighty

Neil Armstrong himself was among the test pilots.

03/15/2019
Daniel Alarik

Daniel Alarik

I'd add a highly disciplined infantry unit to this list.

01/10/2019
Why Was This Plane Invulnerable: The SR-71 Blackbird Story

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 ...

01/08/2019
Grunt Style

It's always nice to be remembered!!

1900 knots!

10/31/2018

Righting the wrongs of First Man.

"I'm still goin' upstairs like a bat out of hell!"

10/18/2018
We Are The Mighty

Walk on home boy!!

These pilots definitely gave air traffic controllers a reason to smile that day.

10/14/2018
Doctrine Man

Doctrine Man

Today marks 71 years since "rocketed past the sound barrier." Never a doubt he had the Right Stuff.

06/12/2018

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!!

06/02/2018
Doctrine Man

Doctrine Man

If you have a grand just sitting around doing nothing... have I got a deal for you.

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