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Re: Forty years later, record still stands
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2016, 03:46:57 PM »
Absolute speed for a jet. The winged aircraft speed record would be either one of the space shuttles or the X-15.

But the technological brilliance in that airplane is stunning.

While the absolute altitude record for an airbreathing aircraft is 123,520 ft set by Alexandr Fedotov, in a Mikoyan Gurevitch E-266M (MiG-25M), on 31 August 1977, I wouldnt be a bit surprised that the SR-71/A-12 to have secretly exceeded that altitude.

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Re: Forty years later, record still stands
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2016, 09:08:26 PM »
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Re: Forty years later, record still stands
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2016, 12:23:35 PM »
Neighbor worked at Lockheed. He used to say that the SR71 had the record and whenever the Soviets came out with a new jet to break the speed record, the US would simply send out the SR71 again to reclaim the mantle.

I wonder if we really did push the plane to its limit.

Plus, it's not like it is a new piece of technology. Imagine what kind of stuff we have now that has not been published.

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Re: Forty years later, record still stands
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2016, 04:46:05 PM »
We won't know for many years.  At least we shouldn't.

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Re: Forty years later, record still stands
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2016, 01:52:27 PM »
Interestingly enough, the faster the SR-71 flew the less fuel it used.
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