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Old 04-11-2010, 09:52 PM
Status: "aaaand I'm gone again :)" (set 28 days ago)
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Ha! I loved that story about them showing up that F-18 with a ground speed check. What an adventure of a life!
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:43 AM
 
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M2F is correct, it is a static display and has been gutted (no engines, avionics, instruments, etc). Seeing and touching it is no problem, but there is no way to get into it...

Cheers! M2
I still want to touch the skin. Think about touching something that can fly 2,100 mph at 82,000 feet.
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:45 AM
 
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I have the SR-71 and concorde and XB-70 on flight simulator. IF the sr-71 is gassed up it actually doesn't have that much power it takes off about like a A321. The concorde is just as good in a drag race.
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Old 04-12-2010, 02:27 AM
 
Location: S.A., Texas ~ Home of the HUD secretary farm~
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We walked all around and underneath the SR-71 a few years back. It was out close to Military Drive if I recall correctly between Lackland and Wilford hall. Engines were huge..awesome looking aircraft!!
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:54 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Cool thread, the SR-71 is my favorite plane of all time!
How can I go and tour the one at Lackland?
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:30 PM
Status: "Have gun, will travel!" (set 13 hours ago)
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Cool thread, the SR-71 is my favorite plane of all time!
How can I go and tour the one at Lackland?
You nicely ask someone who can take you on base...

And Chad, the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB just outside of Dayton, Ohio has the last remaining XB-70 on display. As you may know, the other prototype was destroyed during a test flight mid-air collision with a F-104 Starfighter chase plane. The Valkyrie is awesome in person...

Plus, with the Blackbird's Mach 3.2 unclassified top speed, I would take it over the Concorde's "measly" Mach 2.04 any day! The latter was a restriction due to the amount of heat the aircraft's aluminium could sustain...

Cheers! M2
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Universal City, Texas
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Back in the 1980's-90's, I was over across the freeway from Broadway Bank, right almost under SA International Airport flight pattern. I saw a big black plane fly overhead. It had just taken off from the airport. In later years, I would swear that I had seen the SR-71 take off. It was hugh and had large engines on both sides. M2 was that possible? Was it possible that it was on display for the public to see near the end of its career? This was about 10 am.
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Old 04-12-2010, 08:22 PM
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Location: San Antonio, TX
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gy2020

I remember your asking in an earlier thread. To be honest, I can't say for sure, but I would have to say that if I had to guess, I would say it would be doubtful that the SR-71 would do a fly-by at SAT. There may be a lot of military traffic going through that airport, but I would bet the vast amount of it is cargo/transport. It would not make sense to have such a valuable and expensive-to-operate asset navigate through the heavy traffic in and out of SAT. Plus, considering the operational costs of the aircraft, I would expect any and all missions that late in its "life" to have been either training or actual missions. The program died a slow and lingering death due to budgeting, and the only flight I know of to a civilian airport was when the March 1990 one that set four speed records en-route from the Skunk Works in California to the Smithsonian facility at Dulles Airport...

If anything, if one came through SA while it was still flying it would have landed at Kelly/Lackand, or possibly Randolph (I am not sure of the runway length requirements for the Blackbird). I saw one while stationed in the UK during the early 80s, and was surprised at how much smaller it was than I expected. I always thought it was a much bigger aircraft, and it wasn't until I got the chance to actually get up next to one did I realize its actual size...

Cheers! M2
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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gy2020

I remember your asking in an earlier thread. To be honest, I can't say for sure, but I would have to say that if I had to guess, I would say it would be doubtful that the SR-71 would do a fly-by at SAT. There may be a lot of military traffic going through that airport, but I would bet the vast amount of it is cargo/transport. It would not make sense to have such a valuable and expensive-to-operate asset navigate through the heavy traffic in and out of SAT. Plus, considering the operational costs of the aircraft, I would expect any and all missions that late in its "life" to have been either training or actual missions. The program died a slow and lingering death due to budgeting, and the only flight I know of to a civilian airport was when the March 1990 one that set four speed records en-route from the Skunk Works in California to the Smithsonian facility at Dulles Airport...

If anything, if one came through SA while it was still flying it would have landed at Kelly/Lackand, or possibly Randolph (I am not sure of the runway length requirements for the Blackbird). I saw one while stationed in the UK during the early 80s, and was surprised at how much smaller it was than I expected. I always thought it was a much bigger aircraft, and it wasn't until I got the chance to actually get up next to one did I realize its actual size...

Cheers! M2
I saw the Habu (SR-71) take off several times while stationed at Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan. Very impressive take off!
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Old 04-13-2010, 01:30 AM
 
Location: S.A., Texas ~ Home of the HUD secretary farm~
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Back in the 1980's-90's, I was over across the freeway from Broadway Bank, right almost under SA International Airport flight pattern. I saw a big black plane fly overhead. It had just taken off from the airport. In later years, I would swear that I had seen the SR-71 take off. It was hugh and had large engines on both sides. M2 was that possible? Was it possible that it was on display for the public to see near the end of its career? This was about 10 am.
Probably early 90's I saw a B-1 Bomber fly over. It was a very impressive sight. I was at work out 87East outside 410. Bet that's what you saw.

http://www.grahamowen.com/images8/B-B1.jpg

http://photosbyloren.com/gallery/d/66-2/B1+Bomber.jpg
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