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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird – [FASTER] Than A Speeding Bullet!

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird - [FASTER] Than A Speeding Bullet!

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

SR-71 Blackbird Icon The “AMAZING” Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is arguably the GREATEST airplane of all-time and its superb service record says it all. The SR-71 is a true legend in aviation history and was way ahead of her time. She flew faster than a speeding bullet and broke the world record: an “absolute altitude record” of 85,069 feet (25,929 m). No fighter plane or missile could catch the super-fast SR-71 Blackbird.

The SR-71 Blackbird was so fast, she set a speed record every time she took to the skies. NASA retired the SR-71 in 1999 and her last flight was another speed record which still stands today. The SR-71 was and still is the world’s fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft. All of her speed records are classified but we do know she flew at MACH 3+ which is 2,301.81 MPH and beyond.

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SR-71 pilot Brian Shul states in his book The Untouchables that he flew in excess of Mach 3.5 on April 15, 1986 over Libya to evade a missile. SR-71 pilot James V. Sullivan and Noel F. Widdifield, reconnaissance systems officer (RSO) holds the “speed over a recognized course” record for flying from New York to London.

They flew a distance of distance 3,461.53 miles (5,570.79 km) at an average speed of 1,806.964 miles per hour (2,908.027 km/h). They made this flight in only 1 hour 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds on September 1, 1974. The average speed was about Mach 2.72, including deceleration for in-flight refueling. This is one more record that still stands today!

SR-71 Blackbird Top Speed

I mentioned earlier that the SR-71 Blackbird Top Speed is classified. However, we do have access to information that is not classified that will give us an idea of how fast this bird can really fly. During flight testing , the SR-71 reached a top speed of Mach 3.4 on December 22, 1964. This was the very first time the SR-71 Blackbird stretched her wings. She took off from Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California.

SR-71 Blackbird Cutaway

She made history that day with her first speed record with many more to come. Every time the SR-71 took to the skies, it was historic. The SR-71 Blackbird is the only airplane in the history of aviation to have a resume quite like this. After all, this airplane does fly faster than a missile! Only Superman himself could catch up with this bird.

Each of the Blackbird’s reconnaissance missions were records breakers in themselves. Every time the Blackbird flew, she broke another speed or altitude record. This airplane got better and faster with each flight. This plane was destined for greatness as soon as it was drawn onto to piece of paper.

SR-71 View Of Earth

The SR-71 was created because of project Archangel which began in 1958. Project Archangel was a project for designing high-altitude surveillance aircraft. Out of this program came the infamous U-2 Spy-plane. Even though she was a great surveillance and reconnoissance aircraft, she was also extremely vulnerable.

In 1960, disaster would strike the CIA’s U-2 program and created a very serious National incident that was very embarrassing to the United States. The downing of Francis Gary Powers’s U-2 underscored its vulnerability and the need for faster reconnaissance aircraft such as the A-12 which would later become the LEGENDARY SR-71 Blackbird.

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American aerospace engineer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson is the father of the “LEGENDARY” SR-71 Blackbird and the infamous U-2 Spy-plane. He was one of the most talented engineers at Lockheed and its famous Skunk Works division. Clarence “Kelly” Johnson was responsible for many of the SR-71’s design’s and innovative concepts.

The SR-71 served with the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1998 and served with NASA to 1999. A total of 32 SR-71’s were built. During her service, 12 were lost due to accidents but incredibly, none were ver lost due to enemy action. She was designed to outfly any threat in the sky and she did it better than any other aircraft in history.

Over the many years in service, the SR-71 has been given several nicknames, including “Blackbird” and “Habu”. For those of you that don’t know what a Habu is, I’ll give you a quick explanation. Protobothrops flavoviridis is a species of venomous pit viper endemic to the Ryukyu Islands of Japan and are famous for their lightning fast strike capability.

The SR-71 was originally designed to be powered by the Pratt & Whitney J58 engine. However, development ran over schedule and it was equipped with the far less powerful Pratt & Whitney J75 engine. The J58s were retrofitted as they became available. The standard power-plant for all subsequent aircraft in the series (A-12, YF-12, M-21), as well as the SR-71 Blackbird.

SR-71 Blackbird Speed Record

SR-71 In Flight

There are more than just one SR-71 Blackbird Speed Record. There are countless speed and altitude records the SR-71 holds and many of them still stand today. On March 6, 1990, Lt. Col. Joseph T. Vida and Lt. Col. Raymond E. Yeilding piloted the SR-71 S/N 61-7972 on its final Senior Crown flight and set four brand new speed records in the process:

  1. Kansas City, Missouri, to Washington, D.C., distance 942 miles (1,516 km), at an average speed of 2,176 miles per hour (3,502 km/h), and an elapsed time of 25 minutes 59 seconds.
  2. West Coast to East Coast, distance 2,404 miles (3,869 km), an average speed of 2,124.5 miles per hour (3,419.1 km/h), and an elapsed time of a 67 minutes 54 seconds.
  3. St. Louis, Missouri, to Cincinnati, Ohio, distance 311.4 miles (501.1 km), at an average speed of 2,189.9 miles per hour (3,524.3 km/h), and an elapsed time of 8 minutes 32 seconds.
  4. Los Angeles, California, to Washington, D.C., distance 2,299.7 miles (3,701.0 km), average speed 2,144.8 miles per hour (3,451.7 km/h), and an elapsed time of 64 minutes 20 seconds.

SR-71 Blackbird Cockpit

These four speed records were accepted by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), they are the recognized body for aviation records in the United States. Additionally, the Air & Space/Smithsonian reported that the Air Force clocked the SR-71 at one point in its flight reaching 2,242.48 miles per hour (3,608.92 km/h).

After the Los Angeles–Washington flight, on March 6, 1990, Senator John Glenn addressed the United States Senate, blasting the Department of Defense for not using the SR-71 to its full potential. Although Senator Glenn may have been right in his criticism. The SR-71 was part of the black program. Some experts have speculated that she flew at Mach 4+.

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The SR-71 Blackbird is arguably and in my humble opinion, the greatest airplane of all-time. That’s a pretty bold statement considering other great aircraft past and current. This airplane is a true legend and exceeded its design capabilities. Every once in a while an airplane like this comes along and revolutionizes the way man flies. The SR-71 Blackbird is one of those special airplanes.

There were 3 variants of the SR-71 Blackbird. The SR-71A is the main production variant and was the workhorse for the United States Air Force, CIA and NASA. The second variant is the SR-71B which was strictly used as a trainer and the final variant is the SR-71C which was a hybrid aircraft.

She was composed of the forward fuselage from an SR-71 static test unit and the rear fuselage of the first YF-12A (S/N 60-6934). The YF-12 had been wrecked in a 1966 landing accident. This hybrid SR-71C Blackbird was not quite straight and had a yaw at supersonic speeds. The SR-71 pilots nicknamed her “The Bastard”.

There has been lots of speculation about the SR-71’s successor. That’s all we can do is speculate because the program is classified. Just imagine what the capabilities are with this new aircraft. The “Top Secret” aircraft codenamed Aurora is rumored to be in operation. Whether it’s the Aurora or not. It has to be something special to replace the SR-71 Blackbird!

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Jump into the cockpit of a real SR-71 Blackbird and see what the Earth looks like from 85,000 feet. The view from your cockpit view is spectacular as you fly at Mach 3+ and beyond! You are moments away from one heck of a ride and it starts with a click of a button.

You are about to get instant access to the MOST ADVANCED flight simulator game ever created for a home computer. The SR-71 Blackbird is just 1 of over 200 airplanes and helicopters you have to choose from. No other flight simulator game on the market have this many aircraft to fly. It’s like owning your own Air and Space Museum!

Fly the “Legendary” Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird by clicking on the orange button NOW! If you have any comments or questions about the SR-71 Blackbird. Please leave them below now and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. I answer every inquiry so you are GUARANTEED to get a response. Don’t be shy, I’d love to hear from you. Thank you for spending your valuable time with us today!

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Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis – First To [MACH-1!]

Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis - First To [MACH-1!]

Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis

Bell X-1 Glamourous Glennis FlyingThe Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis was originally designated as the XS-1 and was a joint National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics–U.S. Army Air Forces–U.S. Air Force supersonic research project. The aircraft was designed in 1944 and built by Bell Aircraft in 1945.

The Bell X-1 is a rocket engine–powered aircraft and was piloted by a LEGENDARY pilot named Chuck Yeager. This was the first manned aircraft to exceed the speed of sound in level flight on October 14, 1947 and forever changed the course of aviation history! Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier which most engineers believed to be unbreakable.

First Supersonic Flight 🚀 “Breaking the Sound Barrier” 1947 USAF 🚀 Chuck Yeager in the Bell X-1

There were many attempts made before this historic flight that almost ended in catastrophe. Every time the X-1 approached Mach-1, which is the speed of sound. The X-1’s elevator became inoperable at Mach 0.94 because of aerodynamics which caused Chuck Yeager to actually lose control of the aircraft. He was able to regain control of the X-1 and live to fly another day.

The engineers went back to work and figured out how to overcome the problem with the elevator once the X-1 approached Mach-1. To solve this problem, the engineers changed the tail configuration into an all flying tail, connecting the stabilizer directly to the stick. This is the same configuration most supersonic aircraft still fly with today.

Bell X-1 Aircraft

There were 6 variants of the Bell X-1 Aircraft which were the X-1, X-1A, X-1B, X-1C, X-1D and the X-1E. These were the first X-Planes that started it all which helped pave the way for legendary aircraft like the AMAZING North American X-15 and the super-fast SR-71 Blackbird which literally flew “Faster Than A Speeding Bullet!”.

Bell X-1 Washington DC

The Bell X-1 was piloted by Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager the day that man flew faster than sound for the very first time. It was October 14, 1947 when Yeager flew into history but it didn’t just happen overnight. There were a lot of engineering problems to solve and Chuck Yeager was the BEST man for the job to fly this thing.

There was nothing routine about an X-1 flight so Captain Yeager was literally flying by the seat of his pants. Flying faster than sound presented the engineers with all kinds of obstacles to overcome. They needed a test pilot with nerves of steel to fly the X-1 because there were a lot of unknown variables.

Bell X-1 Cut Away

Captain Chuck Yeager arguably saved the X-Plane program when he was trying to break the sound barrier one day. As he approached Mach 1, the X-1 started to violently shutter and Yeager lost control of the aircraft. If it wasn’t for his incredible flying skills, the X-1 would have been lost and it would have been a major setback for the X-1 Program.

The Bell X-1 was shaped like a bullet with wings and closely resembles a Browning .50-caliber (12.7 mm) machine gun bullet which was known to be stable in supersonic flight at that time. The X-1 Program was a tremendous success and achieved its goal to fly faster than sound and paved the way for the exotic aircraft technology we have today.

Bell X-1 Rocket Plane

Most people don’t realize the the Bell X-1 was indeed a rocket plane. At the time, there were no jet engines powerful enough at altitude to power the Bell X-1 Rocket Plane so the only alternative engineers could come up with was using a rocket engine. It wasn’t any ordinary rocket engine either, it was specially built for the Bell X-1.

It was a marriage made in heaven right from the start! The XLR-11 rocket engine which is pictured below was state-of-the-art at the time and boasted a hefty 7,000 lbs (3,175 kg) of thrust giving it more than enough speed to finally break the sound barrier. The X-1 itself and the amount of fuel it could carry were the only limitations to the XLR-11 rocket engine.

Bell X-1 Rocket Plane

During early test flights of the Bell X-1, it was revealed there some flaws in the design which needed to be corrected if they were ever going achieve their goal. Those design flaws were corrected and the rest as they say is history! The Bell X-1 does fit into the category of “legendary aircraft” and changed the way we fly forever.

The Bell X-1 was originally designed to take-off like conventional aircraft from a runway because it was thought that this aircraft would become a fighter plane. As research and development began, the end of World War II was on the horizon so the B-29 Super-fortress became available for drop launching the Bell X-1 from around 29,000 feet (8,800 m).

Chuck Yeager Breaks Sound Barrier

Chuck Yeager 1947

On October 14, 1947 Chuck Yeager Breaks Sound Barrier in the Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis. Captain Chuck Yeager named the X-1 after his lovely wife Glennis. This was just after World War II so it was common for pilots to name their aircraft after their girlfriends, wives and mothers.

The day before this historic flight, Chuck was horseback riding with his wife in the dessert when he was thrown from his horse. The accident ended up breaking a few ribs putting his historic flight in jeopardy! The problem was that Captain Yeager had to reach to his right in order to lock the hatch.

Bell X-1 First Supersonic Flight

Desperate not to miss this flight, Chuck kept his injury a secret and he came up with a genius plan with the help of a janitors broom. Chuck got the idea to cut off part of the broom handle and use it to lock the hatch. As history would have it no other way, it worked like a charm and the flight went on as planned.

Just after the Bell X-1 dropped from the B-29’s cargo bay, Captain Yeager hit the throttle and the X-1 took off like a bat out of hell. There was a loud sonic boom that could be heard across the desert. No one knew what to make of that sound because it was never heard before. The world wouldn’t find out for two more months because of a leaked article featured on the front page of The Los Angeles Times on December 22, 1947.

Bell X-1 Cockpit

Bell X-1 Cockpit

As you can see in the Bell X-1 Cockpit photograph above, the cockpit was not designed for those that are claustrophobic. If you’re looking for comfort, the X-1 is not for you. The pilot seat is literally on the floor of the aircraft and the flight controls are right in your face.

You have to keep in mind that the X-1 was an experimental aircraft so not much thought went into the cockpit. However, the engineers at Bell Aircraft made sure everything the pilot needed was in the cockpit. Take a look at the photo below and get a first person view of what it would look like from inside the Bell X-1 Cockpit.

Bell X-1 Cockpit 2

That is the same view Chuck Yeager had when he broke the sound barrier. It is also the same view from the exact plane that flew that day! As you look out of the front canopy, look to your bottom right. You’ll see the hatch I was talking about earlier. The hatch had to be locked from the inside by the pilot.

Could you imagine what it must of felt like sitting in that thing? It was an experimental aircraft so anything could go wrong. Captain Chuck Yeager gave it no second thought! He was the right man for the job that had “The Right Stuff” too! It takes a special breed of pilot to be a test pilot in the X-Plane Program.

Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis ✈️ Eighty-Nine Year Old Chuck Yeager ✈️ F-15 Eagle Honor Flight

In honor of the Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis, the LEGENDARY rocket plane that broke the sound barrier. 65 years later to the exact day and time. General Charles “Chuck” Yeager climbs aboard an F-15 Eagle as part of an honor flight to celebrate this historic day. This flight took place at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada on October 14, 2012.

Go ahead and take a few minutes to watch the General fly this historic flight again over the Nevada dessert. There is even some footage from inside the cockpit too! This is a MUST SEE video for flight enthusiasts so make sure everything else is turned off and your sound is turned on. You’re not going to want to miss a word the General has too say!

Bell X-1 At Smithsonian

I really hoped you enjoyed General Chuck Yeager’s flight to commemorate the 65th anniversary of mans first supersonic flight. General Chuck Yeager is a national treasure and so is the Bell X-1. You can see the ORIGINAL X-1 at the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. It’s definitely worth the trip!

There is only one Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis and you can find it alongside the Spirit of St. Louis and SpaceShipOne. The X-1 was presented to what was then known as the American National Air Museum in 1950. She arrived beneath a B-29 Super fortress which is only fitting considering they both made history together on that fateful day in October of 1947.

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Fly The Bell X-1Now that you know all about the Bell X-1 and her historic flight. How would you like to fly into history yourself? You can actually fly faster than the speed of sound by clicking on the orange button below now! This ain’t your daddy’s flight simulator game so you need to buckle up pilots!

You are moments away from a bone rattling ride aboard the LEGENDARY Bell X-1 which you can only fly inside Virtual Pilot 3D. “The World’s MOST REALISTIC Flight Simulator!” This is flying the way it was truly meant to be and with its superior flight modeling system. You are in for a flight experience that is second to none, GUARANTEED!

Virtual Pilot 3D rivals other flight simulator games like Microsoft and Flight Simulator X. Those flight simulator games are GREAT! However, Virtual Pilot 3D is even better with over 200 real-life airplanes and helicopters to fly. No other flight simulator game in the industry has this many aircraft to fly, NONE!

Go ahead and fly into history with the Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis now! All you have to do is click on the button below and I’ll see you on the next page. Believe me, you’re in for one hell of a flight! If you have any comments or questions about the Bell X-1 or Virtual Pilot 3D. Please leave them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I’m done flying this historic X-Plane myself.

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