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Discussion in 'Exhibition Lounge' started by The Barbarian, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. The Barbarian

    The Barbarian Active Member

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  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Wasn’t expecting that. Well done as in done well.
  3. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Not what I expected from the title!

    *Appraisal removed because this isn't the appraisal gallery*

    I assume that this was used as a research aircraft, hence the strange appendage at the rear?
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  4. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Exhibition Lounge <cough>
  5. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Ballcocks! Well spotted, Tony, ta for putting me straight.
  6. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Whatever is it? My initial thought was something very fast yet rivets all over the place and a wrinkly skin. I think that the 'appendage' on the tail is a third engine, just stuck up there as an afterthought to give a bit more 'umpth'. From a photographic point of view its a pity that the museum hasn't given it some space.
    Edit. It looks like an SR-71 with an extra engine bolted on a tail fin.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2020
  7. Snorri

    Snorri Well-Known Member

    Did it sing?..
  8. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    I thought that Adrian was not criticising the photography but the exhibitors.
  9. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    More a high pitch scream plus supersonic bang.
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  10. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

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  11. The Barbarian

    The Barbarian Active Member

    Yes. But at the speeds the SR-71 cruises, there was just too much danger in launching the drone. There was one aircraft lost along with a crew member, and the idea was shelved.
  12. The Barbarian

    The Barbarian Active Member

    I don't mind. He had it precisely right. It was a bear of a job to get it as good as that. I've had the opportunity to get within a few feet of an SR-71, and the skin is indeed odd-looking. Itlooks worse here because of the extreme backlighting. This is at the Boeing museum near Seattle, and it's well worth a visit. This is only a small part of the collection.
  13. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    I wondered about that. Would need to slow down to an unfeasibly low speed to launch, or it would throw the machine all over the place.
  14. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    I thought it was a chick learning to fly;)
  15. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    The SR-71's "wrinkly skin" is to allow it to expand as it heats up past Mach 2. The pilot's windscreen would reach 316° C in operation so the whole aircraft was rather longer at Mach 3 than when it was on the ground: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_SR-71_Blackbird.
  16. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Which is similar to the fuel tanks, which were very leaky on the ground, but sealed up at speed. The things always had a pool of fuel under them.
  17. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    There's very little chance that I'll be in Seattle any time soon but just in case, I'll remember to go and visit. I absolutely love an air/space/transport museum. Thanks to all those who added on bits of extra info here - fascinating.
  18. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    I have to say that the Blackbird is one of the things I'd love to have seen fly - they were visitors to Wethersfield as the station commander was ex-SR71, but I was never around when they dropped by.

    I remember a story in 2000AD comic where the Grim Reaper flew one when he was "harvesting" airmen in time of war - it seemed apt.
  19. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    All the titanium used to build the SR-71s was imported from Russia. I'm guessing the Soviets were told it was for something else.
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  20. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Me too. Loved flying when I was young, although perforated eardrums wrecked my hearing.

    I think oldest I've flown in is possibly a WW2 Anson, or maybe a Grumman Goose. HP Hastings and Hermes would have been 1940s too. I was down for a ride in the Lancaster once, but had something come up and couldn't go. Never got another chance.

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