OtherGround Forums This is how incredible the SR-71 engine is (VIDEO)

7 days ago
11/20/08
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Can you imagine how smart the people who engineered this were?

 

The faster it goes, the more efficient it gets. The Soviets made Mig-31, which was an incredible airplane, but they had to run on the after burner and the engines melted. Yet SR-71 could cruise at Mach 3 like nothing. 

 

 

7 days ago
4/20/17
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Greatest plane ever.

7 days ago
12/26/05
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4 later

7 days ago
11/9/18
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Video wasn't too complicated. Made perfect sense.

7 days ago
11/15/07
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Engine start carts had 2 buick engines (430 ci at first, then the 455s).....later, bb chevy 454s were used.

 

7 days ago
2/5/05
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This kind of shit is so cool. 

I just took a class on aircraft systems and part of it was a tour of a local air museum. Each plane has some ridiculous feature that is specific to that plane. Each design is unique and has a story. There is so much cool shit with military aircraft.

The SR-71 is something special though. 

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11/20/08
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3/2/07
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densefog - 

Greatest plane ever.


that we KNOW about

sure there are better ones...since this was retired
7 days ago
11/20/08
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BravoPUA -
densefog - 

Greatest plane ever.


that we KNOW about

sure there are better ones...since this was retired

Nah, there is no need nowadays. They just use satellites.

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2/27/13
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Cool video, thanks.

7 days ago
11/9/10
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The concept is incredibly effective. The biggest downfall of the SR71 is it became obsolete with modern satellites.

It also leaks like a motherfucker. The skin contracts at speed due to the pressure and heat and retracts on the ground and pisses fuel and hydraulic fluids like crazy. 

7 days ago
12/14/00
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The dad of a girl I used to date flew it.  I love military aviation, and would get a boner listening to him tell stories. His daughter giving me a handy under the table may have been a contributing factor as well. 

7 days ago
1/1/01
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Very cool tech

7 days ago
10/27/03
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QTyp -

The dad of a girl I used to date flew it.  I love military aviation, and would get a boner listening to him tell stories. His daughter giving me a handy under the table may have been a contributing factor as well. 

Go on

7 days ago
4/29/10
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I lived on Okinawa in the mid 70’s. They had 2 stationed there.  We would see them flying overhead during school. Was quite an awesome sight!

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4/29/10
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Double post.

7 days ago
4/20/17
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VinegarStrokes -

The concept is incredibly effective. The biggest downfall of the SR71 is it became obsolete with modern satellites.

It also leaks like a motherfucker. The skin contracts at speed due to the pressure and heat and retracts on the ground and pisses fuel and hydraulic fluids like crazy. 

Body had built in loose tolerances allowing for expansion - it contracted when cold on ground, expanded in flight.

7 days ago
4/13/12
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love this plane.  the book sled driver by brian shul is a great read about it.  pm me and i'll send you a copy of it in .epub or .pdf format.

7 days ago
8/4/10
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They have one at the local AFB museum, still my favorite one to see. It was a big deal when they unveiled it here years ago 

7 days ago
2/19/10
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TeamDMA -

I lived on Okinawa in the mid 70’s. They had 2 stationed there.  We would see them flying overhead during school. Was quite an awesome sight!

That's funny, I was born on Okinawa in the mid 70s.

 

 

7 days ago
12/29/06
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Some markings weren't paint they were chalk. Paint would melt. You could see through the engines at max speeds.

Brian Shul tells some cool stories. Here's one lecture he gave, my fav.

Great thread. Some things about the SR-71 are still classified.

 

7 days ago
6/23/12
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Wonder if you took our military from thirty or forty years ago (these, I imagine A10's, etc) how they'd do against Russia or China today. Like how far back would you have to go with our military to lose to modern day Russia or China? 

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11/20/08
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RockTheVote -

Wonder if you took our military from thirty or forty years ago (these, I imagine A10's, etc) how they'd do against Russia or China today. Like how far back would you have to go with our military to lose to modern day Russia or China? 

Military equipment usually lasts for a very, very long. This is not an iPhone that gets refreshed every year.

Even the old generation F-16, etc. will be relevant in 50 years.

7 days ago
8/26/09
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For later

7 days ago
4/22/07
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WidespreadPanic -

Some markings weren't paint they were chalk. Paint would melt. You could see through the engines at max speeds.

Brian Shul tells some cool stories. Here's one lecture he gave, my fav.

Great thread. Some things about the SR-71 are still classified.

 

Wow, thanks for that vid.

very cool

@17:20...Holy shit