XH558 - was Re: using new technology etc
pete at pski.net
Thu Jun 18 11:18:10 CDT 2015
> My son is stationed at Beale AFB (where the SR-71s were originally based) and 7963 is on static display there. I've been up to it (you can actually *touch* it!) They are wicked cool looking and *big*. They also have a static display of the drone which could be launched from the back of an SR-71. After some initial testing (can't remember if they lost an aircraft in the process), they decided it wasn't a particularly good idea. The clearance between the drone and the vertical stabilizers/rudders is not large.
> TTFN - Guy
I worked on the cameras on the SR-71 at Beale in the late 1980s. Still gives me goosebumps thinking about it. The drone was the D-21 which flew on the back of the M-21 (which was modified A-12 (which itself was the SR-71s predecessor)). You can see a video of that fateful test here.
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