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I stole this from another forum and enjoyed it so much I figured I would share. I must be amazing to be up in such an aircraft that was built in an era where the world was much different. Little bit of a read, but here it is.

An SR-71 story.....Thanks to Norm W.

There were a lot of things we could't do in an SR-71, but we were the fastest guys on the block and loved reminding our fellow aviators of this fact. People often asked us if, because of this fact, it was fun to fly the jet. Fun would not be the first word I would use to describe flying this plane. Intense, maybe. Even cerebral. But there was one day in our Sled experience when we would have to say that it was pure fun to be the fastest guys out there, at least for a moment. It occurred when Walt and I were flying our final training sortie. We needed 100 hours in the jet to complete our training and attain Mission Ready status. Somewhere over Colorado we had passed the century mark. We had made the turn in Arizona and the jet was performing flawlessly. My gauges were wired in the front seat and we were starting to feel pretty good about ourselves, not only because we would soon be flying real missions but because we had gained a great deal of confidence in the plan in the past ten months. Ripping across the barren deserts 80,000 feet below us, I could already see the coast of California from the Arizona border. I was, finally, after many humbling months of simul ators and study, ahead of the jet. I was beginning to feel a bit sorry for Walter in the back seat. There he was, with no really good view of the incredible sights before us, tasked with monitoring four different radios. This was good practice for him for when we began flying real missions, when a priority transmission from headquarters could be vital. It had been difficult, too, for me to relinquish control of the radios, as during my entire flying career I had controlled my own transmissions. But it was part of the division of duties in this plane and I had adjusted to it. I still insisted on talking on the radio while we were on the ground, however. Walt was so good at many things, but he couldn't match my expertise at sounding smooth on the radios, a skill that had been honed sharply with years in fighter squadrons where the slightest radio miscue was grounds for beheading. He understood that and allowed me that luxury. Just to get a sense of what Walt had to contend wit h, I pulled the radio toggle switches and monitored the frequencies along with him. The predominant radio chatter was from Los Angeles Center , far below us, controlling daily traffic in their sector. While they had us on their scope (albeit briefly), we were in uncontrolled airspace and normally would not talk to them unless we needed to descend into their airspace.

We listened as the shaky voice of a lone Cessna pilot asked Center for a readout of his ground speed. Center replied:

November Charlie 175, I'm showing you at ninety knots on the ground.

Now the thing to understand about Center controllers, was that whether they were talking to a rookie pilot in a Cessna, or to Air Force One, they always spoke in the exact same, calm, deep, professional, tone that made one feel important. I referred to it as the " HoustonCentervoice." I have always felt that after years of seeing documentaries on this country's space program and listening to the calm and distinct voice of the Houstoncontrollers, that all other controllers since then wanted to sound like that... and that they basically did. And it didn't matter what sector of the country we would be flying in, it always seemed like the same guy was talking. Over the years that tone of voice had become somewhat of a comforting sound to pilots everywhere. Conversely, over the years, pilots always wanted to ensure that, when transmitting, they sounded like Chuck Yeager, or at least like John Wayne. Better to die than sound bad on the radios.

Just moments after the Cessna's inquiry, a Twin Beech piped up on frequency, in a rather superior tone, asking for his groundspeed.

Ah, Twin Beach.
I have you at one hundred and twenty-five knots of ground speed.

Boy, I thought, the Beechcraft really must think he is dazzling his Cessna brethren.

Then out of the blue, a navy F-18 pilot out of NAS Lemoore came up on frequency. You knew right away it was a Navy jock because he sounded very cool on the radios.

Center, Dusty 52 ground speed check

Before Center could reply, I'm thinking to myself, hey, Dusty 52 has a ground speed indicator in that million dollar cockpit, so why is he asking Center for a readout? Then I got it, ol' Dusty here is making sure that every bug smasher from Mount Whitney to the Mojave knows what true speed is. He's the fastest dude in the valley today, and he just wants everyone to know how much fun he is having in his new Hornet.

And the reply, always with that same, calm, voice, with more distinct alliteration than emotion:

Dusty 52, Center, we have you at 620 on the ground.

And I thought to myself, is this a ripe situation, or what? As my hand instinctively reached for the mic button, I had to remind myself that Walt was in control of the radios. Still, I thought, it must be done - in mere seconds we'll be out of the sector and the opportunity will be lost. That Hornet must die, and die now.

I thought about all of our Sim training and how important it was that we developed well as a crew and knew that to jump in on the radios now would destroy the integrity of all that we had worked toward becoming. I was torn. Somewhere, 13 miles above Arizona, there was a pilot screaming inside his space helmet.

Then, I heard it. The click of the mic button from the back seat. That was the very moment that I knew Walter and I had become a crew. Very professionally, and with no emotion, Walter spoke:

Los Angeles Center, Aspen 20, can you give us a ground speed check?

There was no hesitation, and the replay came as if was an everyday request.

Aspen 20, I show you at one thousand eight hundred and forty-two knots, across the ground.

I think it was the forty-two knots that I liked the best, so accurate and proud was Center to deliver that information without hesitation, and you just knew he was smiling. But the precise point at which I knew that Walt and I were going to be really good friends for a long time was when he keyed the mic once again to say, in his most fighter-pilot-like voice:

Ah, Center, much thanks,
We're showing closer to nineteen hundred on the money.

For a moment Walter was a god. And we finally heard a little crack in the armor of the HoustonCentervoice, when L.A.came back with,

Roger that Aspen,
Your equipment is probably more accurate than ours.

You boys have a good one.

It all had lasted for just moments, but in that short, memorable sprint across the southwest, the Navy had been flamed, all mortal airplanes on freq were forced to bow before the King of Speed, and more importantly, Walter and I had crossed the threshold of being a crew. A fine day's work.

We never heard another transmission on that frequency all the way to the coast. For just one day, it truly was fun being the fastest guys out there.





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i have read that before, and it truly is a bad ass story.

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great post!

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What book was that Alex?

Yeah seeing one in person is unreal! We used to drive up to see them launch...They had big old fire ball donut rings as they went up! I remember Beale AFB in Cali had a squadron of those and a tornando was moving in so they launched all them bad boys to go to a different base but because they always had to take off to the north and thats where the tornado was coming from they launched to the south over residential area. They shattered windows for a mile! I will never forget that story!

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There was probably two guys in the shuttle above them as well. I bet one of them had to talk the other out of doing the same thing to the SR71. Being so cool as to not stoop to their level.

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Just awesome

Service ceiling aroud 200,000 ft (right on the edge of space) and a top speed of mach 2.5 or thereabouts (that's around 1900 mph).

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Service ceiling aroud 200,000 ft (right on the edge of space) and a top speed of mach 2.5 or thereabouts (that's around 1900 mph).
You're just a bit off there on the altitude and the speed.

From wikipedia:

On 28 July 1976, an SR-71 broke the world record for its class: an absolute speed record of 1905.80993 knots (2,193.1669 mph, 3,529.56 km/h), and an "absolute altitude record" of 85,068.997 feet (25,929 m). Several airplanes exceeded this altitude in zoom climbs but not in sustained flight.



Very cool initial post. I like how he compliments the professionalism of the controller.

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You're just a bit off there on the altitude and the speed.

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On 28 July 1976, an SR-71 broke the world record for its class: an absolute speed record of 1905.80993 knots (2,193.1669 mph, 3,529.56 km/h), and an "absolute altitude record" of 85,068.997 feet (25,929 m). Several airplanes exceeded this altitude in zoom climbs but not in sustained flight.
and in 1976!

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and in 1976!
Exactly.

I had a poster of an SR-71 as a kid. The plane was taxiing on the ground with a "follow me" truck in front of it. I always thought it was funny how high-tech and sophisticated the plane was compared to the '74 Chevy step-side truck guiding it.

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Excellent post. Yeah, I've heard this story before. Love the SR-71! What a fantastic plane and history.

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Just for good measure. This one is at the Davis Monthan AFB in Tuscan.

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cool plane, I do not believe it had any offensive weapons for the most part. Just counter measures.
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FWIW - The speed record that is published is exactly that. The PUBLISHED record. My mother worked at Lockheed on the SR-71 design team (generating renderings from the blueprints). I have spoken with three different Sled drivers over the years, the true speed of the SR-71 was still classified last time my mom checked.

Just a thought. And btw Greg... funny, you betcha the shuttle is WAY faster.... good reality check.

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Correct. It was a recon plane.

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There were only just over 150 pilots ever be certified to fly that plane. And every one the them had to be married. It was a requirement of the program.

Also, what washed most of the trainees out of the program was the sudden deceleration needed to hook up with the air tankers almost immediately after take off.

2 Chevy 454 motors were needed to start the turnbines. Since there was no polomer (and there still is not) that could handle the heat required to keep the fuel tanks seeled, the plane would weep the JP-7 fuel while sitting on the runway. When the plane eventually was in flight, the heat would cause the titanium plates to expand and then seal the fuel tank.

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FWIW - The speed record that is published is exactly that. The PUBLISHED record. My mother worked at Lockheed on the SR-71 design team (generating renderings from the blueprints). I have spoken with three different Sled drivers over the years, the true speed of the SR-71 was still classified last time my mom checked.

Just a thought. And btw Greg... funny, you betcha the shuttle is WAY faster.... good reality check.
My dad is friends with an older gent that used to fly U-2 sorties for the CIA and he confirms what you have been told Wink. I have talked to him in depth about some of the stuff he used to do in the 60's, or I should say the stuff he can tell me. Lots of info still classified up to this day.

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Of course the shuttle is faster. It has to go at least 17,500 MPH to get into orbit.


They say the SR-71 never exceeeded Mach 3.6 in unclassified bench tests.

I think that thing is so nuts because it could burn all 80,000 lbs of JP-7 in a matter of minutes on full afterburner. 12,000 mile mission required 5 air to air refuelings from 16 KC-135s.

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I loved the U2 as well. Had pictures of both in my room when I was a kid. It was an awesome bird.

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You're just a bit off there on the altitude and the speed.

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On 28 July 1976, an SR-71 broke the world record for its class: an absolute speed record of 1905.80993 knots (2,193.1669 mph, 3,529.56 km/h), and an "absolute altitude record" of 85,068.997 feet (25,929 m). Several airplanes exceeded this altitude in zoom climbs but not in sustained flight.



Very cool initial post. I like how he compliments the professionalism of the controller.
Shit, I was going purely from memory...I've been reading too much space related crap lately...200,000+ was where the high altitude recon balloons functioned, and was where the highest ever skydiving took place

That's what I get for not checking my sources and thinking a post through

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Have you guys read up on any of the Scramjet research and development? Talk about SPEED!

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Shit, I was going purely from memory...I've been reading too much space related crap lately...200,000+ was where the high altitude recon balloons functioned, and was where the highest ever skydiving took place

That's what I get for not checking my sources and thinking a post through
lol, I know what you mean. I had to look it up to get the right numbers.

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The EPA probably loved the SR-71 as well. It leaked fuel as fast as you could pump it in.
I'll bet they have a slightly higher concern over the feces and urine being dropped all over the place by commercial aircraft

Although being as skunk works probably ran everything they did past the EPA officials, I'm sure it was all taken care of appropriately

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