Originally posted by FredT
It crused at Mach 3.2. In severla books they talk about reaching Mach 3.46 or something like that due to an error in the air sampling probe and when they landed most of the wiring had almost been burnt to a crisp.
The author of this "article" is simply not versed on the aircraft he is talking about. The thermodynamics involved with mach 14 flight are simply beyond the Titanium airframes ability to cope with. They were just able to fly it at Mach 3.2 let alone 4X that speed.
Thanks for the exact speeds, I couldn't recall them off hand.
I too read the story about the blackbird nearly frying all of it's wiring. In any case, the Blackbird was a remarkable piece of technology, which has not been duplicated since. It really makes you think what must go into making something like the FALCON/HyperSoar.