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(Wired)   SR-72: This time it's personal   (wired.com) divider line 22
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2013-11-02 06:56:01 AM  
Since this is Lockheed Martin, I confidently predict the project will be done on time and under budget.

/thought Aurora already existed
 
2013-11-02 06:59:34 AM  
Sadly, this one's a repeat:  http://www.fark.com/comments/8000338
 
2013-11-02 07:29:54 AM  

T-Servo: Since this is Lockheed Martin, I confidently predict the project will be done on time and under budget.

/thought Aurora already existed


2030? Holy crap.
 
2013-11-02 08:52:03 AM  
If they're revealing it now, doesn't that mean it's already obsolete, and replaced by something better and still secret?
 
2013-11-02 09:02:53 AM  
Back on 98 when the SR-71 was retired, the government told me we didn't need spy planes any more because of satellites.  Why did the DoD lie to me?
 
2013-11-02 09:08:01 AM  

Muta: Back on 98 when the SR-71 was retired, the government told me we didn't need spy planes any more because of satellites.  Why did the DoD lie to me?


I don't know.  Is the DOD a government agency?
 
2013-11-02 09:11:59 AM  
I'm not getting that "Love at first sight" feeling that I got from the SR-71 from this. Sure, it's faster, more powerful, more advanced... but somehow less sexy.
 
2013-11-02 09:27:09 AM  
If this time it's personal, what was it yesterday?

/repeat
 
2013-11-02 09:30:16 AM  
Like the Predator, this is only a reconnaissance plane (expected to have optional strike capabilities).
 
2013-11-02 09:31:44 AM  
This time it's personal

...if by "personal," you mean "not actually carrying a person."

/drone
 
2013-11-02 09:35:37 AM  

MrBallou: If they're revealing it now, doesn't that mean it's already obsolete, and replaced by something better and still secret?


Pretty much.
 
2013-11-02 09:37:44 AM  
That thing looks familiar.

encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
 
2013-11-02 09:40:34 AM  

T-Servo: Since this is Lockheed Martin, I confidently predict the project will be done on time and under budget.



Ha ha, you're wrong! You didn't read the press release. Lockheed Martin already said the plane will be "affordable".

/ Yes, they actually used that word.
 
2013-11-02 09:42:16 AM  
17 years?  It sounds like it's more a program to transfer as much of those sweet, sweet, "black budget" government development dollars to the shareholders of Lockheed-Martin as possible.

Kelly Johnson and the 50's era Skunkworks took the '71 from an idea on the back of a cocktail napkin to first flight in less than 17 months.
 
2013-11-02 09:58:35 AM  

iron_city_ap: MrBallou: If they're revealing it now, doesn't that mean it's already obsolete, and replaced by something better and still secret?

Pretty much.


I don't think that is necessarily true anymore. With media and surveillance capabilities taking things to the extreme they have, it's increasingly difficult to hide your toys. Now it's more a game of labeling your $500K sport-scar as a commuter vehicle.
 
2013-11-02 09:59:07 AM  
A guy at work was all over the the story about the Cannonball run Mercedes that did the run in 29 hours.

I pointed out that the Blackbird, while not a car, did it an hour and 7 minutes.

If I had one I would be running that biatch flat out all over the world.
 
2013-11-02 10:05:31 AM  
We already have that technology and it's all anti-gravity too.
http://www.drboylan.com/xplanes2.html
The other stuff on the website is a real hoot if you're into the whole MJ12/Secret Government/Alien Visitors type stuff.
 
2013-11-02 10:06:25 AM  

theflatline: A guy at work was all over the the story about the Cannonball run Mercedes that did the run in 29 hours.

I pointed out that the Blackbird, while not a car, did it an hour and 7 minutes.

If I had one I would be running that biatch flat out all over the world.


Big deal. The Millennium Falcon did it in less than twelve parsecs.
 
2013-11-02 10:08:04 AM  

SmackLT: Sadly, this one's a repeat:  http://www.fark.com/comments/8000338


Yeah... This thing is so fast it is time traveling.
 
2013-11-02 10:10:09 AM  

Son of Thunder: theflatline: A guy at work was all over the the story about the Cannonball run Mercedes that did the run in 29 hours.

I pointed out that the Blackbird, while not a car, did it an hour and 7 minutes.

If I had one I would be running that biatch flat out all over the world.

Big deal. The Millennium Falcon did it in less than twelve parsecs.


Yeah, but the Falcons deuterium tanks are bigger by 400 mph. not a fair comparison.
 
2013-11-02 10:12:16 AM  

Son of Thunder: theflatline: A guy at work was all over the the story about the Cannonball run Mercedes that did the run in 29 hours.

I pointed out that the Blackbird, while not a car, did it an hour and 7 minutes.

If I had one I would be running that biatch flat out all over the world.

Big deal. The Millennium Falcon did it in less than twelve parsecs.


Well, I'm betting that I could do it in less than 1 parsec. ON FOOT.
 
2013-11-02 10:12:17 AM  
theflatline:
A guy at work was all over the the story about the Cannonball run Mercedes that did the run in 29 hours.

I pointed out that the Blackbird, while not a car, did it an hour and 7 minutes.


Of course, the Blackbird did that by burning about $100,000 worth of fuel...
 
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