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Old 09 July 2013, 16:39   #31
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When I was at university we had a guest lecturer who was quite elderly and had seen life at Rolls Royce from Merlins to the RB211 and beyond. A 'proper' engineer with a cardigan, a pipe and glasses with thick black frames, on more than one occasion He said that that when they were sent the drawings for the Merlin, Packard replied that that they couldn't make an engine like that. Puffed up at their superior engineering, RR asked why not. The reply from Packard was that the tolerances were far too large and they would have to re-tool!

In 1990 I was privileged to be given a tour of this beast. 'Cool' but somewhat agricultural, I remember it most for the milk-bottle crates full of Vodka bottles to see the crew through a week in Farnborough!

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Don't think anybody has ever seen one flying.
SR-71? Saw one do a flyby at the Beale AFB airshow about 20 years ago.

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Week? You mean morning.
Cool plane though, anything that does what it does is fantastic..........bring on the Hercules. Still buzzing Swindon with little "ants with mushrooms" falling out.......leaving a plume of exhaust only a vulcan could better.
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SR-71? Saw one do a flyby at the Beale AFB airshow about 20 years ago.

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Couldn't have.
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Couldn't have.
Better than the B-2 'Spirit' that flew all the way across the Atlantic and back for a display at Farnborough airshow - except they performed the display over Blackbushe Aerodrome a few miles away, to the bemusement of several thousand spectators at Farnborough....

All they had to do was follow the M3!
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Or maybe they did but were "cloaked"?
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Couldn't have.
Why is that, mister_p?

I certainly remember sitting in the hundred degree heat waiting for it to go by.

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Why is that, mister_p?

I certainly remember sitting in the hundred degree heat waiting for it to go by.

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Are you sure it was "it"?

There's a lot that goes on with this stealth business..........a hologram maybe.

But now that you mention the 100 degree heat.............
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Stealth features on an SR-71?
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Black paint.......can't see anything that's painted black. Right?
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