The mighty engines of the SR-71

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There are few airplanes as interesting as the SR-71. For those who don’t know (hopefully not many), it’s the fastest manned air breathing aircraft. That’s a mouthful isn’t it? Basically, like everything humans do, instead of simple “fastest aircraft ever”, we had to come up with a bunch of other criteria to subclass everything. Anyway, … Continued

The Sound of Freedom

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The day after Independence day seems like the best day to recant this little tidbit of information regarding the fastest man made jet in the world.  Can you imagine, flying over heads of state at Mach 3, and then hopefully going to do some reconnaissance work in the area, just to prove the point that … Continued

US Air Force

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Today, September 18, marks the 68th anniversary of the United States Air Force, (USAF).  I know what some of you are thinking.  Only 68 years, that’s around the end of World War II.  Well, you’re right, it’s 1947 to be exact.  During World War II, it was a part of the US Army Air Forces, … Continued

Alternate History Thursday – Spys

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In our current reality, air supremacy is the most important part of warfare.  And while the SR-71 might not play much of a role in the supremacy part of the air-force, it does play an important part in the knowledge part. Here you can have a virtual tour inside the cockpit of that iconic plane. … Continued

Sled Drivers

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Tomorrow, October, 22, 2014, at 12:30 PM eastern time a former pilot of the fastest jet ever made will be doing an AMA on reddit.  It will be over in /r/iama if you’re interested, and you should be. One of the best stories about flying in an SR-71: There were a lot of things we … Continued

True Speed

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I take this story as true, no reason for it not to be, except for it to just be funny, which it is. Basically its the story of increasing speed between a Cessna, a Twin Beach, an F-18, and an SR-71.  Guess who wins?  I don’t want to spoil the fun for those who don’t … Continued