SR-71 Blackbird - request for help

zathros

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MoF has the remaining M-21, and the nose from 64-17977.

I really llike this picture. Most pictures down't show just how pronouced the rivets are, and models end up being these smooth surfaced aircraft that don't really capture the hand built quality and fitting of Titanium panels. My speciality was cutting Titanium parts at Sikorsky and when a drill lasts for one hole, you get an idea how hard this element is. I wonder if the skills exist to even make one of these planes again. There would have to be a year lead up on just how to tool and cut the material at hand. :)
 

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What's really amazing is that a full speed that ship glows red from the friction and smoooths out. The pilot cannot touch the windshield as it will burn his glove. Fun facts! :)
 

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The pilots were not told a speed they could not exceed, they were told the maximum temperature that the inlet spikes could withstand, IMSC it is around 450°C
 
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micahrogers

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Most of those pics are of the old M-21 Mothership. the first two seat variant of the Article 12 Oxcart.