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Join this SR-71 Blackbird driver for a top secret recoinnassance mission over North Korea
“The nose section was gone just forward of the cockpit and the canopy had caved in on me. I thought, 'I'm inside the KC-135Q; death is imminent!',” Maj Buddy Brown former SR-71 pilot. The SR-71 would be a very short-ranged aircraft were it not for air refuelling, limited to around 2,000 NM. Multiple...
Impressive video shows SR-71 Blackbird J58 Engine tested at Max Afterburner Power
The J58 generated a maximum thrust of 32,500 pounds -- more than 160,000 shaft horsepower -- and was the most powerful air-breathing aircraft engine yet devised.  Taken at Beale Air Force Base (AFB) in 1986, the impressive video in this post features the test of SR-71 J58 engine at max afterburner power. This...
The story of the SR-71 Blackbird that slid on JP7 fuel residue while taxing into Kadena Hangar
As the SR-71 slowly taxied into the hangar and approached the parking spot, the crew chief signaled BC to stop. BC applied brakes as usual, but the SR-71 began to slide forward in slow motion on the JP-7 fuel residue... The following story appears in John Altson book The Black Line. The Kadena Hangar Slide The Thomas-Reid crew experienced numerous airborne emergency situations...
Join this SR-71 Blackbird driver for a top secret recoinnassance mission over North Korea
"We had to refuel right after takeoff for only one reason, and it wasn't because we leaked JP-7 fuel on the ground..." Col. Richard H. Graham, former SR-71 Blackbird pilot The SR-71 would be a very short-ranged aircraft were it not for air refueling, limited to around 2,000 NM. Multiple air refuelings extended the range of the aircraft to the...

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