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The Lockheed
Blackbird was 50 fast,
the designers did nat
even consider evasive
maneuvers; the pilot was
simply instructed ta
accelerate and
any threat, including
missiles
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#388 - Pein (11/08/2013) [-]
Did you even read my christmas list?
#380 - anonymous (11/08/2013) [-]
bla bla bla American propaganda. Shut up
User avatar #378 - Covenantkilla (11/08/2013) [-]
SR-71 Blackbird
#371 - anonymous (11/08/2013) [-]
Designers were french?
User avatar #370 - meuk (11/08/2013) [-]
"was" ?
meaning it crashed or something?
User avatar #372 to #370 - flemsdfer ONLINE (11/08/2013) [-]
It's an old jet. Not used anymore and out of it's time. Making it a "was".
#373 to #372 - meuk (11/08/2013) [-]
too bad, looks cool as balls.
too bad, looks cool as balls.
User avatar #368 - megatrollinator (11/08/2013) [-]
The Lockhead SR-71 Blackbird. A Military Aerial Reconnaissance Vehicle, which can reach speeds of up to Mach 3 and an Altitude of 85000 Feet!

It's been on my X-Mas List for Years
#367 - Dagoron (11/08/2013) [-]
"The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. An advanced, long range, strategic reconnaissance aircraft capable of Mach 3 and an altitude of !!85000 feet!!!!!!"   
   
"You do sure seem to know a lot about about it"   
   
"DID YOU EVEN READ MY CHRISTMAS LIST?!"
"The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. An advanced, long range, strategic reconnaissance aircraft capable of Mach 3 and an altitude of !!85000 feet!!!!!!"

"You do sure seem to know a lot about about it"

"DID YOU EVEN READ MY CHRISTMAS LIST?!"
User avatar #360 - maton (11/08/2013) [-]
So when it comes to going fast, you can't get much faster than this.

Sonic would be so proud.
#358 - fragchamps (11/08/2013) [-]
another fun fact is that this aircraft is incorrectly named. SR-71 would mean that its a reconnaissance aircraft modified for anti-submarine warfare. it was correctly named the RS-71, a space plane reconnaissance aircraft, until president Lyndon Johnson made a verbal slip and transposed the "R" and the "S". designers and military personnel adjusted the name. for more info on understanding military aircraft designations and the source of this info see this link
User avatar #357 - kgblack (11/08/2013) [-]
you can't maneuver at mach 3 you just go straight
#356 - waschbecken (11/08/2013) [-]
yeah well it can go fast, but only till gloriouse chaika catches up and ram you out of sky
#352 - bazda (11/08/2013) [-]
These planes are absolutely phenomenal.

Flew from New York to London in 1hr, 54min, 56sec.
London to LA (5447 miles) in 3 hrs, 47min, 39sec.
Nobody could touch the plane for a couple hours after it landed because it flew so fast that just the friction of the air scraping against the plane would get the temperature of the hull up to several hundred degrees.

There's lots of cool documentaries on youtube if you wanna check it out.
User avatar #345 - skubasteve (11/08/2013) [-]
*BEEP BEEP BEEP* Heat seeker locked. *BEEP BEEP BEEP*

Punch it.
User avatar #342 - chaossniper (11/08/2013) [-]
so why was it dropped if it is so good
User avatar #350 to #342 - TheInvader (11/08/2013) [-]
It cost to much to maintain it and it was built just in case we went to war with the Soviets
#348 to #342 - bazda (11/08/2013) [-]
Several reasons, one being expense. It was costing something like $90 million a year to maintain the fleet, and that was after they cut it to only 20 planes. Some "knowledgeable sources" claim it cost around $50k an hour to fly on a regular basis. Also, most of their jobs can be done with drones now.
#347 to #342 - brokentrucker (11/08/2013) [-]
A) It's expensive

B) We've got something better now.

C) All of the above.

D) They ran out of badasses to pilot it.
User avatar #385 to #347 - chaossniper (11/08/2013) [-]
so whats better
#341 - fauxshores ONLINE (11/08/2013) [-]
SR-71 was such an underrated band.
#344 to #341 - anonymous (11/08/2013) [-]
Probably because they're so **** .
User avatar #349 to #344 - martbeast (11/08/2013) [-]
oh you.
#316 - anonymous (11/08/2013) [-]
This plane needs many miles to do a U turn, I don't know how many but a lot.
User avatar #312 - elbrysobrony (11/08/2013) [-]
That's why they never put any weapons on it, right? It was flying so fast, it would outrun its own missiles in a spectacular explosion of fail, or something.
User avatar #363 to #312 - konradkurze (11/08/2013) [-]
well consider this

the thing flies so fast missile racks would get ripped off and the plane goes so fast if it had machine guns the bullets would be forced back up the barrels
User avatar #365 to #363 - Silver Quantum (11/08/2013) [-]
it can easily be weaponized with missile racks on the inside. and even if they would be on the outside, the racks would still hold. the plane's top speed is just under mach 3, which isn't much faster than the fastest fighter jet today
User avatar #374 to #365 - AnonymousTheGreat (11/08/2013) [-]
Yeah...ummm...they actually don't know it's top speed. It would go as fast as they wanted it to go, but they would get to a certain point and the pilots would get scared to go any faster.
User avatar #377 to #374 - Silver Quantum (11/08/2013) [-]
sr 71 pilots are/were mostly astronauts who flew space shuttles at 18000 mph. so your point is pretty much invalid.
User avatar #366 to #365 - konradkurze (11/08/2013) [-]
perhaps backward-facing missile racks...so it flies right past enemy jets and shoots them in the face
#336 to #312 - talosknight (11/08/2013) [-]
No, because at the velocities the blackbird flew, opening a weapons bay would tear the plane apart. There were once plans to put bombs on it, but the craft would have to decelerate to deploy them effectively. It never had been made combat effective.
User avatar #330 to #312 - Sethorein (11/08/2013) [-]
drop bombs...?
User avatar #314 to #312 - Turmoil (11/08/2013) [-]
It's not a combat plane it was designed as a spy plane.
#309 - mikexb (11/08/2013) [-]
And what happens when one Lockhead Sr-71 Blackbird encounters other one?
#353 to #309 - bazda (11/08/2013) [-]
Nothing. They all belonged to the USA.
User avatar #317 to #309 - Kimy (11/08/2013) [-]
They'd more than likely be friendly since most vehicles tend to belong to a certain military
#387 to #317 - mikexb (11/08/2013) [-]
Ok, how about when somebody else will develop jet that can reach same speed? And it's only matter of time when somebody will.
User avatar #390 to #387 - jacksipian (11/08/2013) [-]
then it won't be combat effective, the SR-71 couldn't have weapons because it flew into the bullets it fired since it was so fast, if there is something that is even faster, or just as fast, it wont be able to do anything combat related.
#391 to #390 - mikexb (11/09/2013) [-]
Wait, what? Unfired bullets/missiles are flying same speed as the jet carrying them. When fired, their speed is incresed, so there is no chance to fly into its own bullets/missiles, unless jet would rapidly increase its speed, and then it's still very improbable.
User avatar #392 to #391 - jacksipian (11/09/2013) [-]
thats wrong, an average 30-06 round flies at 2,910 fps, a .50 cal bullet flies at average about 2,800 fps, and most other rounds fly at about that speed or lower. The SR-71 Blackbird flies over 3,000 fps so when it fires the bullets, initially they may get slightly ahead of the plane, but they will still travel slower than the plane and it will collide with them. When the Blackbird fires the bullet, it doesn't add to the bullets speed, if the SR-71 is going 3,000 fps and fires a bullet going 2,910 fps, the bullet doesn't go 5,910 fps. It would be the equivalent of you being so fast that you could throw a baseball in front of you while you are running and catching up to it and having it hit you in the face, initially it went faster than you were, but you are faster overall so you caught up to it. Does this help?
#396 to #392 - mikexb (11/11/2013) [-]
You clearly don't know nothing about physics, especialy about momentum and speed. Please, read this. You need to login to view this link
#305 - gapingg (11/08/2013) [-]
**gapingg rolled a random image posted in comment #92 at why must you hurt me in this way ** cant outrun this **** .
#306 to #305 - gapingg (11/08/2013) [-]
No one can outrun that feel...
#300 - olafthebard (11/08/2013) [-]
How bout the fact that it flys near the upper levels of the atmosphere, thus keeping it out of range of any missiles?
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