What was it like to fly the Blackbird?


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  • Rodger T

    Fly the Blackbird ? Easy to catch ,but fitting the saddle was a bitch.

  • thor42

    An amazing and beautiful aircraft. A pity that it has been taken out of service.

    • BG

      It has that ‘Concorde’ appeal. Meaning it looks like it’s going a million miles an hour just sitting on the runway!

      Kelly Johnson was a genius

  • cows4me

    Imagine what they have know, this is ancient technology.

    • WayneO

      Actually not much exciting stuff like that anymore. Satellites and drones do the same job and don’t risk human life.

  • The other Neil

    Go visit Dulles air and space museum near DC. In the room behind that Blackbird is a Spaceshuttle, to the right of the Blackbird is the Enola Gay. As well as about 100 other planes, helicopters, missiles etc (inc a Concorde) all under one roof. Best museum I have ever visited.

    • WayneO

      Totally agree. And plenty more military and commercial planes of significance. Hitler’s (and the worlds first) jet fighter is there too. Some great Apollo program hardware and a few nukes as well for good measure. I could have spent months in there.

    • andrew carrot

      I’ve always wondered why Americans want to preserve a Concorde. Afterall, it was their politicians who got the pip and banned it from all airports not on a seaboard and supersonic overflights. The federal polis were heavily influenced by the “not made here” lobby group, comprised of US aircraft manufacturers, which was strong in the 70s. Maybe current citizens of that fine, pork barrelling, insular society yearn for a bit of the good that life they couldn’t access back then?

    • OhopeBeachBugger

      Yep, I went there in 2000. Amazing place – need a week to spend there alone.

      • David Tocker

        Sit in the cockpit and make ‘whoosh whoosh’ noises?

        • OhopeBeachBugger

          Even ten+ years ago, the folly of letting me near the controls of almost anything were easily recognised…

          EDIT: But I did make whoosh whoosh noises, a bit.

    • Michael

      The California Science Centre in Los Angeles has the Endeavour space shuttle, a SR-71, an Apollo capsule, plus a few other fighter jets and space craft.

      I say all the astronauts who went up in it have a pair of steel ones – it looks like its made of paper mache and rubber tiles.