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Taylortony
05-19-2005, 07:38 AM
These suckers will probably never ever be run at Edwards............SR71 Engines at full chat using there special fuel mixes... now if only i could rig one ofthese to detect the neighbours cat in the garden and fire up in its general diirection http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

http://www.enginehistory.org/p&w_j58.htm

http://www.enginehistory.org/P&W/J58/J58_Afterburner.jpg

Taylortony
05-19-2005, 07:38 AM
These suckers will probably never ever be run at Edwards............SR71 Engines at full chat using there special fuel mixes... now if only i could rig one ofthese to detect the neighbours cat in the garden and fire up in its general diirection http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

http://www.enginehistory.org/p&w_j58.htm

http://www.enginehistory.org/P&W/J58/J58_Afterburner.jpg

Jagdgeschwader2
05-19-2005, 08:18 AM
Holy cow! It seems like that metal would distort from all the heat. I guess they
had a complete rebuild after every flight.

http://home.earthlink.net/~jagdgeschwader26/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/jagdgeschwader2s.jpg

PlaneEater
05-19-2005, 08:37 AM
Those things were built of out some very exotic metals and ceramics.

I doubt the heat even touched it.


I get very sad every time I see pictures like this, of part of a piece of history fading away (or in this case, burning away).

It's like when my dad and I took a tour of the Boneyard (AMARC) when I was three. He thought I'd love to see all the airplanes, but I was crying on the bus ride home. It was because I wanted all the planes to fly again.

Jagdgeschwader2
05-19-2005, 08:52 AM
I've seen SR-71's rusting away outdoors at quite a few air museums here in the states.
It is indeed a shame.

http://home.earthlink.net/~jagdgeschwader26/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/jagdgeschwader2s.jpg

Owlsphone
05-19-2005, 09:57 AM
Can anyone say land speed record?

mwahaha http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

DeerHunterUK
05-19-2005, 10:28 AM
I got to touch the SR-71 up at Duxford and it has the weirdest texture to it kind of like rubber. Great aircraft though. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

PBNA-Boosher
05-19-2005, 10:50 AM
Titanium, boys, it's titanium. That plane is da shiznizzle.

The engine does look very powerful. This is one book you can judge by its cover.

JoachimvMayern
05-19-2005, 10:55 AM
Nah, don't feel bad about the sr-71 being out of service. There are 2 new ones that are being worked on or tested. The SR-75 and the SR-74.

horseback
05-19-2005, 01:29 PM
Yes, most of the airframe is titanium, and it took a very special type of paint to stay on it, not only from the heat, but from the leaky fuel tanks. The tanks were built loosely because they had to design in the fact that at the high speeds the aircraft flew, the skin got very hot-and expanded, thus sealing the fuel tanks for all but the first few minutes of flight time.

Fortunately, jet fuel is not that volatile...

cheers

horseback

woofiedog
05-19-2005, 02:46 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif Wow... Incredible. Fit one of these Babies on your Ford Escourt!

FI_Willie
05-19-2005, 04:11 PM
Woofiedog wrote;
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Fit one of these Babies on your Ford Escourt! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Where would you put all the fuel? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

I'm not sure about the fuel consumption numbers on that beast, but I would imagine that they are SPECTACULAR!

I recall being told that a J-79 in full burner consumes fuel faster than you could turn open top barrels over into a trough that fed straight to the pump. Don't know if it was BS or true. I wasn't an engine mech. I was an "ordy" and made stuff go BOOM! Sounded cool at the time. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Great pic. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

GreyBeast
05-19-2005, 05:32 PM
Wow!! That's one hell of a sight, eh?

I wonder how they managed to keep it fastened to the ground, though...

I can see a rod going down into the floor diagonally behind it, to pull it down.
Then there's that awfully nimble-looking construction it's resting on.
I hope there's something BIG keeping it in place in front of it.

The heat! That metal is GLOWING, wow!!!

And to think the SR-71 was conceived in the 1950's!!!

Correct me if I'm wrong, but apparently, after landing,
the surfaces of the aircraft couldn't be touched for
about 60 minutes until they reached safe temperatures.

Another interesting thing is that, to make the aircraft more "stealthy",
pilots would navigate by the stars to avoid radio signatures.

The SR-71 basically takes off with little fuel, refuels after reaching a certain altitude,
then refuels at regular intervals. On these occasions, it throttles down to "human/mortal" speed.

It's an amazing piece of machinery, that's for sure!

It's one of my favorite planes. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Thanks for sharing the picture, TaylorTony!

Lucius_Esox
05-19-2005, 06:07 PM
Good grief, can you imagine what that must havesounded like,,,, jeeez

KGr.HH-Sunburst
05-19-2005, 06:59 PM
yep awesome, one thing i like to experience is when a SR-71 brakes the soundbarrier with full burners at tree-top level while standing 100m away from it, now how would that sound http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

ill have some hearing problems afterwards me thinks http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

Daiichidoku
05-19-2005, 09:03 PM
SR-71s used a special fuel, unique to the blackbird..

doubled as its own hydralic fluid

woofiedog
05-19-2005, 10:58 PM
FI_Willie... I suppose if your heading off to the local package store for a refill it could pose a bit of a problem.
But for a 3 second run down the quater mile... Wow! And the faster the air is being feed into that Ram Jet... the better it runs.
The air speed was limted on the SR71 by the heat caused by friction of the air on aircraft's skin... not by what power the Ram Jet could produce.
Quite the Bird.

JG6_Oddball
05-20-2005, 08:23 AM
I wonder if they will end up on ebay? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif it would be a nice plane to take the family on weekend trips http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

S!

F10_Punx
05-20-2005, 11:59 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JG6_Oddball:
I wonder if they will end up on ebay? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif it would be a nice plane to take the family on weekend trips http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

S! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

LOL! Yes! And if you're in a hurry and don't have the time stop at a place you could always fly over it and take picture of it from the air! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif