Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The SR-72

4 Comments:

Blogger Pete Mack said...

That's a great photo of the SR-71, showing how they leaked fuel unless they were flying fast enough to heat the fuselage and squeeze the gaps shut. Just a crazy aircraft.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

I was trying to figure out what those streaks were!

But I thought it only leaked fuel while it was *cold*, on the runway, and then the gaps sealed up as the parts expanded.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Pete Mack said...

Yes, that's right. But it's only at Mach speeds that the heat goes up, not just idling near the speed of sound.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

"idling at the speed of sound."

lol nice

5:30 AM  

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