Tag: Lockheed Skunk Works

That Time and F-4 Phantom II “Protected” a Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane from a Meteor Attack
‘This rock is going God only knows how fast and is fifty miles straight up. If I can't shoot down a SR-71, how in hell am I going to even begin to bring missiles to bear on a meteor?’ Ed Cobleigh, former F-4 Pilot. The following story appears in Ed Cobleigh’s book War for...
That time a RAF Tornado made an emergency landing at F-117's top-secret Tonopah Air Force Base
"The guys at Tonopah had a sense of humour after all, for the silhouette of an F-117 had been stencilled on each side of our tail fin," Squadron Leader Wally Grout, former RAF Tornado navigator The following article contains excerpts from Squadron Leader Wally Grout's story titled Still Learning After All Those Years which appears in Ian Hall’s book Tornado...
Time to eject! A-12 pilot explains how he was able to bail out safely from his Oxcart after it went into a flat inverted spin
"In a matter of seconds, all hell broke out. Without any warning the A-12 pitched up and went into a flat inverted spin," Ken Collins, A-12 test pilot In 1959, Lockheed began work on the design of a long-range, high-altitude plane, then known as the A-11. It was a Cold War project. Heading the project team was Clarence "Kelly" Johnson,...
This SR-71 pilot survived to his Blackbird disintegration at a speed of Mach 3.2
  "Everything seemed to unfold in slow motion. I learned later the time from event onset to catastrophic departure from controlled flight was only 2-3 sec. Still trying to communicate with Jim, I blacked out, succumbing to extremely high g-forces. The SR-71 then literally disintegrated around us," Bill Weaver, SR-71 test pilot Throughout its nearly 24-year career, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Mach...
'The Blackbird can't fire a gun and doesn't carry a bomb, and I don't want it:' why USAF killed the SR-71 program
"The termination of the SR-71 Blackbird was a grave mistake and could place our nation at a serious disadvantage in the event of a future crisis," Senator John Glenn The SR-71, unofficially known as the Blackbird, was a long-range, advanced strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A aircraft. The first flight of an SR-71 took place on Dec. 22, 1964,...
That time North Korea fired SA-2 SAMs at SR-71 Blackbird
SR-71 pilot Maj. Maury Rosenberg and RSO Maj. E. D. McKim were making their final pass on the DMZ, heading southwest, when North Korea fired two Soviet SA-2 SAMs at their aircraft The SR-71, unofficially known as the “Blackbird,” was a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A aircraft. The first flight of an SR-71 took place...
The top secret D-21, the high-speed, high-altitude spy drone air launched from the the back of a Mach 3 A-12 aircraft
The D-21 was designed to carry a single high-resolution photographic camera over a preprogrammed path, then release the camera module into the air for retrieval, after which the drone would self-destruct The Lockheed D-21 was a highly-advanced, remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) designed to carry out high-speed, high-altitude strategic reconnaissance missions over hostile territory. Developed by the famed Lockheed "Skunk Works”...
The development of the iconic SR-71 Blackbird: how the world's fastest plane was conceived
The aircraft was painted black, and soon earned its name: “Blackbird.” At Lockheed’s advanced development group, the legendary Skunk Works in Burbank, work on a revolutionary intelligence aircraft had already begun before the shooting down of Gary Power's U-2. This innovative aircraft had to fly faster than any aircraft before or since, at greater altitude, and with a minimal radar...
Here's Skunk Works QueSST X-Plane, the aircraft that will turn the sonic boom into a soft "heartbeat" thump
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works team, in partnership with NASA, is developing QueSST X-plane to solve one of the persistent challenges of supersonic flight – the sonic boom In partnership with NASA, the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works team is trying to find a solution to a difficult problem. In fact although supersonic flight has been achieved before, NASA and Lockheed Martin...
THIS DAY IN AVIATION HISTORY: FRANCIS GARY POWERS U-2 SHOT DOWN
When Francis Gary Powers failed to complete his mission, the U.S. assumed he had been killed and his plane destroyed and a news of an innocent weather plane lost over Turkey was created as cover story for the incident The Lockheed U-2 is a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft introduced in 1957. Built in complete secrecy by Kelly Johnson and the Lockheed Skunk Works,...

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