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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:44 am    Post subject: The Habu, inside the cockpit. Reply with quote

SR-71 Blackbird (Habu in Okinawa): The Cold War's ultimate spy plane

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Colonel Rich Graham spent 15 years as a Blackbird pilot and wing commander. He told BBC Future some of his incredible stories about the world's fastest plane.

After a Soviet surface-to-air missile battery showdown with a USAF U-2 spy plane near the closed city of Sverdlovsk in 1960, the US government realised they needed a reconnaissance plane that could fly even higher – and outrun any missile and fighter launched against it.

The answer was the SR-71 Blackbird. It was closer to a spaceship than an aircraft, made of titanium to withstand the enormous temperatures from flying at 2,200mph (3,540kph). Its futuristic profile made it difficult to detect on radar – even the black paint used, full of radar-absorbing iron, helped hide it.

A whole high-tech industry was created to provide the Blackbird's sophisticated parts. For example, the fuel, a high-tech cocktail called JP-7, was made just for the Blackbird.

Based at Beale Air Force Base in California, detachments of the SR-71 flew from Mildenhall in the east of England and from Kadena on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

Just a handful of pilots ever flew the plane. BBC Future interviewed Colonel Rich Graham at Imperial War Museum Duxford, in front of the very plane he used to fly. Here are some of his stories about what it is actually like to fly this top-secret spy plane.


Much, much more in TFA. Quite the good read.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool. Thanks. I'll have to read that one tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always loved this plane... I remember how disappointed I was when I read that they got replaced by satellites.. :)
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahh the blackbird. I grew up not far from RAF Mildenhall, I miss seeing that bird in the air, use to be up quite a bit in the 80s, plus the f15's from RAF lakenheath
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I always loved this plane... I remember how disappointed I was when I read that they got replaced by satellites.. :)


It was a mistake to get rid of it. Satellites cannot completely replace what the SR-71 was capable of.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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LoTeK wrote:
I always loved this plane... I remember how disappointed I was when I read that they got replaced by satellites.. :)


It was a mistake to get rid of it. Satellites cannot completely replace what the SR-71 was capable of.
I've wondered if we have something else kept under wraps.


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Working through Third World countries and bogus operations, they were able to get the rutile ore shipped to the United States to build the SR-71.
I'm surprised orders from 3rd world countries didn't trigger any concern. Unless there is some other use for the ore.

lol @ "in-flight oven."
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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lol @ "in-flight oven."


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yeah, I loved that part.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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We're sorry but this site is not accessible from the UK as it is part of our international service and is not funded by the licence fee. It is run commercially by BBC Worldwide, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BBC, the profits made from it go back to BBC programme-makers to help fund great new BBC programmes. You can find out more about BBC Worldwide and its digital activities at www.bbcworldwide.com.
If it's run commercially why can't I access it?

Duxford is where Top Gear is filmed. Do you think they're going to do a piece on it? The new (20th) series has just started.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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We're sorry but this site is not accessible from the UK as it is part of our international service and is not funded by the licence fee. It is run commercially by BBC Worldwide, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BBC, the profits made from it go back to BBC programme-makers to help fund great new BBC programmes. You can find out more about BBC Worldwide and its digital activities at www.bbcworldwide.com.
If it's run commercially why can't I access it?


Good question.

However, Naib appears to be able to see it, and I assume you are both in the same country.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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