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  1. Bladecutter

    Bladecutter "Pursuit of Shape"

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    O-2, military counterpart to Cessna 337 Sky master, familiar slang, 'mix-master'
    The first fixed gear pro-genitor was the 336.
    The Riley conversion of 337 is one hot assed plane, single engine performance on rear engine is an incredible 1500 foot per minute climb.
     
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    BubbaMope Well-Known Member

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    I also worked T-37s and T-33s but just minor stuff on them. We called the 37s "The 6000 Pound Dog Whistle." Extremely high pitched. The T-33s were odd that you stood behind them looking in the exhaust for the Ring of Fire. That's how you could tell both ignitors were working. It took them a long time to get me to believe that was really necessary!
     
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    BTW, I collect knives. It appears you also have an interest in sharp pointy things.
     
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    snakeyes FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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    • ws23jrt

      ws23jrt FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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      • Budnicks

        Budnicks You Can Just Thank Me Latter FBBO Gold Member

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        That was/is awesome...
         
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        • Budnicks

          Budnicks You Can Just Thank Me Latter FBBO Gold Member

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          Ski probably was there or in the area... :thumbsup:

           
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          • Budnicks

            Budnicks You Can Just Thank Me Latter FBBO Gold Member

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            A12 {org. name) later the SR-71 Blackbird
            awesomeness

             
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            • Budnicks

              Budnicks You Can Just Thank Me Latter FBBO Gold Member

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              A12 Oxcart (SR71) story
              it's sort of long well over an hr
              call sign 'Dutch 20'
              Frank Murray, an ol' project pilot, in his words

              damn it,
              now all of a sudden you need to click on the video link
              & go to Youtube to watch


              bad-asses all of them
               
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              • Budnicks

                Budnicks You Can Just Thank Me Latter FBBO Gold Member

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                "allegedly" the 1st A12 flight
                Groom Lake Nevada (area 51) April 30 1962
                someone commented it was actually April 26th 1962

                BUT IIRC I read somewhere
                that it or I thought that the 1st A12 {Bluebird ?}
                was built 1958-ish
                {maybe released at a later date, so the Russians didn't see it}


                (someone else could maybe confirm)



                I always thought the 1st ones were beautiful
                Polished Titanium on top
                with radar absorbing black paint below too

                SR-71 A12 Plane #13 8 of them & 2 YF-12's waiting.jpg
                 
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                • Photon440

                  Photon440 Well-Known Member

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                  Absolutely beautiful airplanes, made more amazing when you think that they were flying just twenty years after America entered the second world war.
                  Because of a goof-up by President Johnson, we all know of the SR-71. It was actually called the RS-71 (reconnaissance / surveillance ) but when the President announced the aircraft to the world, he used SR. Rather than correct him, Lockheed and the air force just made the switch. The SR-71 was longer and heavier than the A12, but the A12 has a slightly higher official top speed.

                  I don't doubt the 1962 dates. Kelly Johnson only started preliminary design notes on the aircraft in April 1958. The J-58 engine itself had just made its first run on December 1957.
                   
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                  • super-bee_ski

                    super-bee_ski FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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                    • Auggie56

                      Auggie56 FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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                      T-Bird, the offshoot of the P-80 our second jet fighter.

                      I visited my brother in law at Tyndal A F B in 79' where they were using the T-Birds as drones. F-4s have been used and now f-16s.
                       
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                      This was off an aviation form, I have no idea if it was true.

                      Project Aphrodite was a WWII USAAF program to take war weary B-17's and convert them into radio controlled drones that could be dived into high value targets, such as sub pens and V-weapons storage sites. They rigged up a control system based on two Azon (Azimuth only) guided bomb control systems, one set up for left and right and one for up and down. The Aphrodite missile B-17's were stripped of everything not needed for the mission, loaded with tons of explosives, and took off under the control of a pilot and a flight engineer. Once the bomber missile was up and level the two men switched it over to radio control and bailed out while still over Great Britain. Another B-17 served as the control aircraft and the operator looking out through the nose maneuvered the missile B-17 to take it to the target and dive it in.

                      There were many problems, not the least of which was that B-17's were not designed to dive well, and they never had a successful mission. But on one mission they flew almost all the way to the target, only to lose control of the missile B-17, which belly landed in a field in France.

                      The next day they sent fighters to that location to strafe and destroy the B-17 but could not find anything in that area but a gravel pit. It was only after the Allies overran that area of France that they found out what had occurred. The local French reported that German troops surrounded the bomber and ordered the crew to come out. When the crew did not appear the Germans pried open the door in the aft fuselage and stormed in to capture the crew. The French said the next thing was an enormous explosion.

                      And all that was left was a gravel pit.
                       
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                      • snakeyes

                        snakeyes FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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                        • Slap Stick

                          Slap Stick FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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                          See post 5771.
                           
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                          • Budnicks

                            Budnicks You Can Just Thank Me Latter FBBO Gold Member

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                            That's cool as hell too...
                            Thanks for sharing
                             
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                            Budnicks You Can Just Thank Me Latter FBBO Gold Member

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                            Yep that's the one :bananadance:
                            I didn't go back far enough to see it posted :thumbsup:
                             
                          • Auggie56

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                            • GTX.JCW

                              GTX.JCW FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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                              Here is a book that details the whole story, including the death of Joseph Kennedy jr, JFK's older brother.
                              I read it many years ago and it is very interesting...

                              Aphrodite : Desperate Mission by Jack Olsen

                              Jeff

                               
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