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(Gizmodo)   The new hypersonic version of legendary SR-71 Blackbird airplane looks like a star fighter from Galactica   (sploid.gizmodo.com) divider line 112
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2013-11-01 10:53:02 AM  
So this is what the X-37 was for.
 
2013-11-01 11:37:33 AM  
It has an entirely different propulsion system, altogether.
 
2013-11-01 11:48:53 AM  

Barfmaker: It has an entirely different propulsion system, altogether.


I only meant that it looks like the X-37 was probably a proof of concept design
 
2013-11-01 11:56:23 AM  

Barfmaker: It has an entirely different propulsion system, altogether.


It has an entirely different propulsion system.

I wonder if it runs on instruments.
 
2013-11-01 11:59:28 AM  
it's a "version" of the SR71 in the same way a modern formula 1 car is a "version" of a model-T ford.
 
2013-11-01 12:03:22 PM  

Barfmaker: It has an entirely different propulsion system, altogether.


i105.photobucket.com
It has an entirely different propulsion system.
 
2013-11-01 12:10:38 PM  
A demo version is only 5 years away. That's some nice job security you built in there, Lou...
 
2013-11-01 12:14:30 PM  
Will it leak on the ground like the SR-71 or will it use some new composite material.
 
2013-11-01 12:19:25 PM  

mediablitz: A demo version is only 5 years away. That's some nice job security you built in there, Lou...


Which means there's a production version of it flying today, and has been doing so for the past 8-10 years.
 
2013-11-01 12:30:10 PM  
As for it carrying weapons, well SR stood for Strike/Reconnaissance. As I recall it was actually RS-71 but Eisenhower gave an interview and accidentally called it SR-71 and rather than correct the President they changed the name.

/and somewhere Kelly Johnson is smiling
 
2013-11-01 12:37:05 PM  
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I still prefer the SR-2
 
2013-11-01 12:40:59 PM  
I'll be in my bunk...
 
2013-11-01 12:41:08 PM  
It's not black enough.
 
2013-11-01 12:42:47 PM  
No it doesn't, not even remotely.
 
2013-11-01 12:44:11 PM  
A friend of mine worked on the SR-71 back in the day and his most recent project was the Orion crew vehicle.

/not a csb
 
2013-11-01 12:45:07 PM  

mcgreggers99: I still prefer the SR-2


Mmmmm....EDI...

/what?
//...what?!
 
2013-11-01 12:48:16 PM  
Viper MK.VII

www.battlestarhelios.com


SR-72 concept art:

img.gawkerassets.com

They look similar to who?
 
2013-11-01 12:50:46 PM  
The new hypersonic version of legendary SR-71 Blackbird airplane looks like a star fighter from Galactica every hypersonic aircraft
 
2013-11-01 12:51:42 PM  
If anything from BSG, it looks more like the stealthstar rather than the mk II,

Also:

"They look exactly NOTHING alike."
 
2013-11-01 12:56:02 PM  

Best Princess Celestia: If anything from BSG, it looks more like the stealthstar rather than the mk II,

Also:

"They look exactly NOTHING alike."


Geez, Best Princess Celestia, we don't have ear cancer.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-11-01 01:01:04 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Barfmaker: It has an entirely different propulsion system, altogether.

It has an entirely different propulsion system.

I wonder if it runs on instruments.


Rockets have been used to test elements of jet powered and hypersonic aircraft.

I'm fairly sure that it's a drone.  Why put heavy, fragile pilots that aren't resistant to heat in something like that?
 
2013-11-01 01:01:09 PM  
Apart from being cool as shiat, what is the point? We can do everything this is designed to do faster and cheaper with unmanned crafts or current missles/weapons.
 
2013-11-01 01:02:58 PM  
It's probably already flying knowing the Skunk Works
 
2013-11-01 01:04:15 PM  

vossiewulf: As for it carrying weapons, well SR stood for Strike/Reconnaissance. As I recall it was actually RS-71 but Eisenhower gave an interview and accidentally called it SR-71 and rather than correct the President they changed the name.

/and somewhere Kelly Johnson is smiling


Urban legend:

Air Force Chief of Staff General preferred the SR (Strategic Reconnaissance) designation and wanted the RS-71 to be named SR-71. Before the July speech, LeMay lobbied to modify Johnson's speech to read SR-71 instead of RS-71. The media transcript given to the press at the time still had the earlier RS-71 designation in places, creating the story that the president had misread the aircraft's designation.

I read a book on the Blackbird by a former Wing Commander, Col. Richard Graham, and he actually dug up the original typed speech in the Eisenhower archives to put the rumor to rest for good. The original text said SR-71.

He also has a funny story in one of his books about getting a call in the night from the office in charge of one of the detachments. Apparently he had to pick up one of the KC-135Q who had apparently broken in to a local airport and was found in someone else's plane wearing women's clothes and holding a hand-carved dildo with a condom on it. Random.
 
2013-11-01 01:04:35 PM  
I gotta admit, that spaceship does bare a striking resemblance to a spaceship.
 
2013-11-01 01:06:21 PM  

majestic: Apart from being cool as shiat, what is the point? We can do everything this is designed to do faster and cheaper with unmanned crafts or current missles/weapons.


Given a distinct lack of a cockpit in the pictures, it looks like it IS an unmanned drone...
 
2013-11-01 01:08:15 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Apparently he had to pick up one of the KC-135Q who had apparently broken in to a local airport and was found in someone else's plane wearing women's clothes and holding a hand-carved dildo with a condom on it. Random.


Is there nothing the -135 airframe can't do?
 
2013-11-01 01:09:15 PM  
powered by Shipstones.
 
2013-11-01 01:15:41 PM  

FlashHarry: it's a "version" of the SR71 in the same way a modern formula 1 car is a "version" of a model-T ford.


"They both fly" is close enough for the subtarded.

Here's what the headline should have been:

"The new hypersonic version of the Wright Flier looks like a star fighter from Battlestar Galactica"
 
2013-11-01 01:16:09 PM  
This brits have been working on a really good alternative to scramjets for a long time now. SABRE engines
 
2013-11-01 01:23:21 PM  
It's a concept.  It even says so... right at the end of the article.  I'm sure they're working on it and there are only so many designs you can use to go hypersonic so it might well kinda like that... but that isn't it.
 
2013-11-01 01:24:44 PM  

Click Click D'oh: Mad_Radhu: Apparently he had to pick up one of the KC-135Q who had apparently broken in to a local airport and was found in someone else's plane wearing women's clothes and holding a hand-carved dildo with a condom on it. Random.

Is there nothing the -135 airframe can't do?


Sorry, one of the KC-135Q pilots. But now I have a hilarious mental image of a cross dressing plane.
 
2013-11-01 01:24:59 PM  

FloydA: Barfmaker: It has an entirely different propulsion system, altogether.

[i105.photobucket.com image 484x317]
It has an entirely different propulsion system.


It has an entirely different propulsion system.
 
2013-11-01 01:25:40 PM  

Click Click D'oh: Viper MK.VII

[www.battlestarhelios.com image 630x392]

SR-72 concept art:

[img.gawkerassets.com image 850x478]

They look similar to who?


I almost never click on Gizmodo articles, precisely because of the author "Jesus Diaz" is a click baiting, no talent assclown.
 
2013-11-01 01:28:01 PM  
it's the cobra stiletto
 
2013-11-01 01:28:08 PM  

Mad_Radhu: I read a book on the Blackbird by a former Wing Commander, Col. Richard Graham, and he actually dug up the original typed speech in the Eisenhower archives to put the rumor to rest for good. The original text said SR-71.


Ah thanks. I have a whole book about the skunkworks buried around here someplace, have to dig it up and read it. Along with the 400 other books I want to read atm.

And we're in a Blackbird thread, someone please post the speed check by ATC story.
 
2013-11-01 01:32:51 PM  

vossiewulf: Mad_Radhu: I read a book on the Blackbird by a former Wing Commander, Col. Richard Graham, and he actually dug up the original typed speech in the Eisenhower archives to put the rumor to rest for good. The original text said SR-71.

Ah thanks. I have a whole book about the skunkworks buried around here someplace, have to dig it up and read it. Along with the 400 other books I want to read atm.

And we're in a Blackbird thread, someone please post the speed check by ATC story.


Actually, going back to the book, it looks like the speech was actually given by LBJ. Apparently the stenographer was the one who reversed things, causing the confusion when the reporters on hand got an incorrect copy of the speech afterwards.
 
2013-11-01 01:35:32 PM  
From "Sled Driver":
There were a lot of things we couldn'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 plane 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 simulators 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 with, 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 who asked Center for a read-out 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 "Houston Center voice." 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 Houston controllers, 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 ground speed in Beech. "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 read-out? 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 Houston Center voice, 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
 
2013-11-01 01:39:11 PM  
They actually called it "affordable".  That's hilarious.  Really.
 
2013-11-01 01:39:43 PM  

Kirby Muxloe: From "Sled Driver":
There were a lot of things we couldn't do in an SR-71...


Demmitt..!!

Couldn't 'member where I'd saved that, fast enuff..

/tips hat
 
2013-11-01 01:39:45 PM  
Hypersonic bombers are the only realistic way to create some form off Prompt Global Strike system, since launching sea/land based conventional ballistic missiles will look like someone is starting WWIII if used.

Mistakes are best avoided in this matter.
 
2013-11-01 01:51:12 PM  

Kirby Muxloe: From "Sled Driver":


Well then I guess I'm off to amazon after work.  Thanks.
 
2013-11-01 01:52:16 PM  

mediablitz: A demo version is only 5 years away. That's some nice job security you built in there, Lou...


Like the F-35's rollout, I'm sure.
 
2013-11-01 01:55:55 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Click Click D'oh: Mad_Radhu: Apparently he had to pick up one of the KC-135Q who had apparently broken in to a local airport and was found in someone else's plane wearing women's clothes and holding a hand-carved dildo with a condom on it. Random.

Is there nothing the -135 airframe can't do?

Sorry, one of the KC-135Q pilots. But now I have a hilarious mental image of a cross dressing plane.



It brings a whole new meaning to the term "drag coefficient."
 
2013-11-01 02:00:10 PM  

vossiewulf: As for it carrying weapons, well SR stood for Strike/Reconnaissance. As I recall it was actually RS-71 but Eisenhower gave an interview and accidentally called it SR-71 and rather than correct the President they changed the name.

/and somewhere Kelly Johnson is smiling


wasn't the prototype - the YF-12A - originally supposed to be a high-altitude interceptor?
 
2013-11-01 02:12:29 PM  

Kirby Muxloe: From "Sled Driver":
There were a lot of things we couldn'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.


My favorite story was the answer to "what's the slowest you've ever flown a Blackbird?"

I think it's from the same book, anyway.
 
2013-11-01 02:17:20 PM  

Kirby Muxloe: From "Sled Driver":
There were a lot of things we couldn'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 plane 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 simulators 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 sharpl ...


+1...great read.
 
2013-11-01 02:19:58 PM  
Death ray or no death ray?
 
2013-11-01 02:20:23 PM  

Kirby Muxloe: From "Sled Driver":
There were a lot of things we couldn'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 plane 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 simulators 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 sharpl ...


Great story--I'm off to check out this "Sled Driver" of which you speak.
 
2013-11-01 02:20:53 PM  

markie_farkie: mediablitz: A demo version is only 5 years away. That's some nice job security you built in there, Lou...

Which means there's a production version of it flying today, and has been doing so for the past 8-10 years.


This. Remember folks, anything secret that they are telling you about* had already been superseded by something better.

*not valid if your job is knowing about secret stuff
 
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