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Old 03-10-2014, 11:21 PM
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My regret is not being able to keep any of the good photos
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The SR story is awesome!

Not all military but a few shots I took at a Air show in New Smyrna, FL in 2012 that I liked.

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Love those new shots.
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^^^^ That puts the C5 Galaxy into perspective.
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^^^^ That puts the C5 Galaxy into perspective.
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The C-17 is pretty neat too
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The F15 is caught in the same frame as the plume of smoke from the Shuttle launch in this stunning image

Even the shadow of the plume from the launch is picked out on the blue-green of the Atlantic ocean.

Lt. Col. Gabriel Green and Capt. Zachary Bartoe who took the picture are assigned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

A graphic showing how the sound waves react as the experiment progresses Revealed: What the hottest material in the universe SOUNDS... The full moon rises above Earth Earth and Moon formed '120 million years later than...

The F15s are used to enforce a strict no-fly zone in the area around a shuttle launch. During this launch five other aircraft inadvertently entered the no-fly zone and had to be escorted clear.

Sister ships Discovery and Endeavour are scheduled to make their final flights to the space station later this year and then Nasa plans to end its shuttle program.

The shuttle carried a six-person crew on a journey to deliver a new Russian module and several critical spare parts to the International Space Station.

It docked with the International Space Station on May 16, two days after liftoff. The orbiter was guided through a graceful backflip known as a 'rendezvous pitch manoeuvre', giving station crew members the chance to take nearly 400 photos of the shuttle.

Atlantis touched down in Flordia at 8:48 am on May 26 the gliding smoothly along Kennedy's Runway 33 after 186 orbits and nearly 12 full days in space.

The orbiter returned to its home port for what was planned to be the last time. During its 25 years of spaceflight, Atlantis completed 32 missions and traveled more than 120 million miles.

Read more: Incredible image as Space Shuttle blasts into space as two F15 fighter planes patrol the skies | Daily Mail Online
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^ Very cool.
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Rare photos of the SR-71 Blackbird show its amazing history

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Thanks for posting Legend!

WOW!
They flew 3,551 operational sorties for a total of 17,294 hours, during which more than a thousand surface-to-air missiles had been fired at them. All missed.
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Great find! Thanks for sharing!

In 1988 I was attending my USAF field training for ROTC in California. We were out in the field learning about land navigation, and with very little warning an SR-71 blew right by us maybe 500' overhead on approach to Beale AFB. Got to see one up close later on during a base visit. Still great memories. Always amazes me when I hear stories about the challenges they had to overcome to build one, and then just fly a regular mission.
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One of the best stories is about how the local fire department responded to an alarm at the Skunk Works around 1962 and they caught a glimpse of the A-12 (upon which the SR-71 is based) and the prototype was surrounded by halon gas. They basically thought they saw something the Martians dropped off

So far ahead of its time
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^^^^ Now THAT'S hot!
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Add an overpriced, incredibly expensive F-35 instead of one of the Hornets, and that picture would be EPIC.
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I like the pic but the F-22 looks Photoshopped. Based on its relative size to an F-18, it appears to be flying just feet off the P-51's tail. Also, it's nose is several degrees pitch-up from the others. No way all four are flying straight and level (the F-22 is more flying straight at the camera). Lastly, there is no distortion from heat or exhaust coming out the back. The clarity of the waves is perfect right where the engine exhaust should be.
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These B-17 Low-Level Passes Will Bring A Nostalgic Tear To Your Eye

These B-17 Low-Level Passes Will Bring A Nostalgic Tear To Your Eye


Unbelievably low flying of a B-17, pretty amazing stick and rudder control
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Unbelievably low flying of a B-17, pretty amazing stick and rudder control
I'll take "Things you'd never be allowed to do today" for 800.

Very cool though. You need some brass ones to get that low in one of those.
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Loved the :37 seconds of the B-17's!
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C-17's getting some love!!

Nice B-52 shot too. Didn't catch the one flying behind it the first time.
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thanks! cool shots
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Those are great!
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Celebrate The 51st Anniversary Of The SR-71 Blackbird's First Flight With These Crazy Stats

Celebrate The 51st Anniversary Of The SR-71 Blackbird's First Flight With These Crazy Stats
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Yesterday 6:24pm

Celebrate The 51st Anniversary Of The SR-71 Blackbird's First Flight With These Crazy Stats

On December 22nd, 1964, the SR-71 Blackbird took to the air for the very first time, rising above Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale with F-104 chase planes in pursuit. The occasion would mark the birth of one of the most amazing and renowned aircraft of all time.

The SR-71 Blackbird's Most Spectacular Flyover Was Also Its Slowest

To understand just how exotic the Blackbird family of aircraft were, you need look no farther than its historical stats and metrics.

Some numbers from the Blackbird family of planes:

35 miles per minute or 3,100 feet per second is how fast the SR-71 could fly
170,000 pounds was how much a fully fueled and outfitted Blackbird weighed
59,000 pounds was what one weighed empty
107 feet, 5 inches is the length of a Blackbird
85,000 feet is the official Blackbird ceiling, although it supposedly could fly higher
34,000 pounds of thrust were what each of the SR-71’s J-58 engines put out in afterburner
17,300 total sorties were flown by the Blackbird family of aircraft
3,551 of these sorties were operational missions
11,675 hours were spent over mach three
53,490 total flight hours were amassed on the fleet
Just 8 crew members had more than 1,000 hours in the jet
Only 86 SR-71 pilots and 86 RSOs flew operational missions
385 total persons have reached mach three in a Blackbird, including 105 VIPs
478 total people have flown in Blackbirds
32 SR-71s were built
50 total Blackbird family aircraft were built (A-12, YF-12, SR-71, M-21)
1 hour and 4 minutes was how fast the SR-71 could go from Los Angeles to Washington D.C.
$33,000,000 was the cost to build a single SR-71 Blackbird
900 degrees Fahrenheit was how hot the SR-71’s skin got during high-speed runs
3,200 degrees Fahrenheit was the temperature of the J-58 engine’s exhaust at maximum output
Over 1,000 missiles were launched at the SR-71 without any losses
5 pounds is how much weight a SR-71 crew member could lose in their pressure suit during a four our mission
85 percent of the Blackbird’s skin is titanium, the other 15 percent is carbon composites
2.5G was the SR-71’s structural stress limit
About 16 “starts” per engine worth of Triethylborane (TEB) were carried on an SR-71 mission as the Blackbird’s engines could not be restarted in the air without the TEB accelerant.
140 degrees Fahrenheit was the flash-point of the SR-71’s JP-7 fuel. Normal jet fuel has a flash-point of 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
56 KC-135s were converted to KC-135Q/Ts that could refuel Blackbirds
20 of the 50 Blackbird aircraft family were written off in crashes and mishaps
6 inches is how much longer the SR-71 would grow at high speed due to heat expansion
Zero was the number of computers used to design the Blackbird
Here’s to the “Sled” at 51 one years of age!

Sources: SR71Websmaster, SR-71.org, SR-71: The Complete Illustrated History of the Blackbird, HABU.org

Contact the author at [email protected].
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LOVED those A-10 shots!!!!!!!!!!
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Whoa, saw this on Jup's FB page:

Too much fun! Make sure you turn the volume up and go full screen!

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=245_1347123155
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old video but man....... I get goosebumps watching this............. from 2013 Rose Bowl.... HNY all.......

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Whoa, saw this on Jup's FB page:

Too much fun! Make sure you turn the volume up and go full screen!
oh man - amaze.........
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Awesome B2 vid. But doesn't either the Rose Bowl or he schools pay out the ass for that? I know for a fact that shit aint free. Something like 50-100k I bet they had to pay the military just for that fly by.
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