>Doesn't exist anymore

It's not fair bros, how the fuck were they allowed to have this in the last fucking MILLENNIUM and we aren't? I thought we're living in current year ffs. WHY ITS SO FUCKING BEAUTIFUL WHY WHY WHY

  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Not PrepHole related cause it's not armed.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I was considering posting on /n/ but their level of Autism scares me

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >posting with /n/iggers
        If you're worried that your aircraft thread will get 404'd just post it to PrepHole, /n/ is nothing but busriders and cyclists

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Intelligence is the weapon

      Also implied hit you morale since they know you can’t hit it..

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      sr71 is dumb it's been shot down in the past

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >the dumbest post itt

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Nothing has shot down a SR-71 Chong. No matter how good you think your J-6 is

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Doesn't exist anymore
      Sure it does. In museums.
      Besides, technology has advanced and we are able to get better resolution and often in real-time through use of satellites. We also have other sigint gathering machines like drones that don't put pilots in harms way.

      >not armed
      The Y-12/F-12 were armed with missiles, the SR-71 was not. Nothing could intercept it, so why arm it?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The advantage to the Blackbird was a satellite is no secret no matter where it is, and they have a regular orbit. You can plan your sneaky sneaky activities around them. The Blackbird was by no means stealthy but you could get eyes on anywhere in the world in hours. That said, I highly doubt the US officially gave up that capability in the 90's and doesn't have an acceptable replacement.

        The fact that we haven't heard about it's replacement, still, in my opinion just shows how hard the US has been sandbagging since the end of the cold war. No need to show your hand so I don't blame them.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      ISR is K

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Let's pretend it's YF-12.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Every plane can be a guided missile at least once.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >11. Everything is air-droppable at least once

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        okay alucard

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It has no use in the current year

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Wasn't it actually kind of a piece of junk? When it was on the ground it leaked oil and fuel and shit.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >When it was on the ground it leaked oil and fuel and shit.
      this was a design compromise to achieve desired tolerances at speed.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        the seals were designed to leak at all but operating conditions due to heat and pressure expansion

        The SR71 was subjected to extreme thermal temperatures at altitude. That means it would expand and seal the leaks that were present when it was on the ground. The fuel (JP-7) was used to cool the instruments, life support and other sub-systems in the aircraft. It had a very high flash point and was thus very safe to handle.

        I know all this, but it's still pretty shitty isn't it?

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          If you knew why it leaked on the ground why did you ask the question?

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I didn't ask why it leaked, I was saying it's not as glamorous as people act like it is. Being a clunker on purpose doesn't cha ge that it's a clunker.

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >Being a clunker on purpose
              If it didn't leak on the ground the seals would burst at speed.

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              it was great at being the fastest plane in the world
              it probably wasn't great at being a reliable, polished aircraft system. it was pretty much experimental

              leaking fuel had nothing to do with it
              uavs just do the job better

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I actually wonder if with modern technology and knowledge we've learned from SR-71 itself if we could make a plane that performs the same but doesn't suffer from fuel leakage and also isn't such a maintenance nightmare

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                absolutely

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_SR-72

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >UAV
                >Design not as kino
                a shame, I do hope they're able to produce this though. However, i'll be skeptical since it seems like the US is having issues with hypersonic missiles as well

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >UAV
                >Design not as kino
                a shame, I do hope they're able to produce this though. However, i'll be skeptical since it seems like the US is having issues with hypersonic missiles as well

                Honestly I hope they call it the Darkstar, it's just such a chuuni name

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Already taken b the RQ-3

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      the seals were designed to leak at all but operating conditions due to heat and pressure expansion

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The SR71 was subjected to extreme thermal temperatures at altitude. That means it would expand and seal the leaks that were present when it was on the ground. The fuel (JP-7) was used to cool the instruments, life support and other sub-systems in the aircraft. It had a very high flash point and was thus very safe to handle.

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    sr71 is over rated there's other planes that are faster

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      sr71 is dumb it's been shot down in the past

      Zhang has found the thread, I repeat: Zhang has found the thread.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      yeah hi, ill take a szechuan beef, and a curry chicken. Oh and two springrolls, for delivery. thanks lee

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        [...]
        Zhang has found the thread, I repeat: Zhang has found the thread.

        y are you people being rude i am telling the truth

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_A-12

        the a12 oxcart is faster then the sr71

        sr71 is Mach 3 the a12 is Mach 3.3

        There's probably other planes out there that go faster. Few years ago nasa made a scram jet and that thing went 8 or 9 times the speed of sound so there's some crazy stuff out there.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          yeah hi, ill take a szechuan beef, and a curry chicken. Oh and two springrolls, for delivery. thanks lee

          sr71 is over rated there's other planes that are faster

          here you go stupid americans this is nasas scram jet it goes Mach 10 sr71 goes mach 3

          you nigs better give me a you

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yep

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's not a stealth craft, its only purpose was to fly really high and really fast, taking pictures. Flying over enemy air space is bad. No matter how fast it was, it couldn't outrun missiles. Having an expensive aircraft, that can't attack, can only take pictures and can't avoid enemy fire is pointless. Drones do its job at 1/20th the cost.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      it was never shot down

      truth is it was going to eventually with the advent of hypersonic sam development becoming commonplace, and the exorbitant cost exceeded its value

    • 2 weeks ago
      BigC

      >It's not a stealth craft
      this isn't true at all, the SR71 was covered in low observable radar absorbing honeycomb material

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It was the first airplane to have stealth features built in. How the tails are canted in, the sawtooth leading and trailing edges ( under the high temp stealth material that made up leading and trailing edges).
      You can read all about it in this book. It’s a mind blowing read.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >it couldn't outrun missiles
      Actually, it could. The S-75 Dvina could only reach Mach 3 compared to the SR-71s Mach 3.3 and that's before you account for the altitude difference. Missiles that could catch the SR-71 came much later.

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's amazing to think this was created in the 1960s, imagine what we have now

    • 2 weeks ago
      BigC

      >It's amazing to think this was created in the 1960s, imagine what we have now
      all the best designers are dead, when kelly johnson and his team were working on the sr71, most jets were stainless steel tubes with fucking wings bolted to them and a sharp cone for the nosecone
      shit is fucking insane, it was a literal 100 year leap in design
      the B1 too, it was from the same era and was equally impressive

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        so they made stainless steel interceptors without transistors that goes 3.2mach

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This plane was created before we landed on the fucking moon yet still looks like some crazy futuristic "concept" plane

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        cause them mf nazi engineers were over here earning their salt

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          And now South Africans are doing the same job.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous
  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I wish they made a version of this with internal weapons bay

    • 2 weeks ago
      BigC

      They did, it's called the YF12

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    it hurts me to my core to say this but... it doesnt have a place in the modern world anymore...
    farewell speedy boi.

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Because we really weren't ready for Mach 3.3 in the 60s. The SR-71 pioneered a lot of technologies and was on the very edge of our ability to make. As a result it was finicky as hell and tended to spontaneously explode for no apparent reason. Usually turned out to be a fuel leak or weird effects of mach 3 on the air intakes but the fact remains that when the SR-71 was made our engineers were entirely out of their depth and even though they performed a miracle there was a price for that.

    tl;dr Lockheed made a deal with the devil to get the SR-71 in the 60s and the price is that for every one we wouldn't loose to SAMs we'd loose to technical difficulties.

  11. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You realize we're probably 3 or 4 generations away from the SR71 and all of them are still classified, right?
    Hell, Aurora is already old tech at this point. The only thing that has changed is your ability to know for certain what exists, because the tech has become so advanced that even the obsolete stuff is beyond what our enemies are capable of building.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >You realize we're probably 3 or 4 generations away from the SR71 and all of them are still classified, right?
      >Hell, Aurora is already old tech at this point
      According to Ben Rich

      https://i.imgur.com/ZQCBNGf.jpg

      It was the first airplane to have stealth features built in. How the tails are canted in, the sawtooth leading and trailing edges ( under the high temp stealth material that made up leading and trailing edges).
      You can read all about it in this book. It’s a mind blowing read.

      Aurora was just the name randomly given to the B-2 funding. So depending on how you interpret it, it either never existed or is the B-2. Having said that, their probably os a classified spy plane developed in that period.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        according to ben rich making a true sr-71 successor was beyond current technologies, if you're using a manned platform. the temperature problems were the main problem. coming up with a novel system to keep the pilot from boiling alive and not killing endurance is a challenge.

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I loved it in Black Ops

  13. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Is it even worth it to have a surveillance plane when we can use satellites to do the same job?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      satellites have predicable orbits and everyone knows where they all are at all times. you can hide stuff from satellites.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        And you can develop stuff that blinds satellites.
        https://www.thespacereview.com/article/4416/1

  14. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No, it does exist, you just can't see it because it's invisible, duh.

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