posted on Jul, 5 2006 @ 09:39 PM
Were Global HAWKs in service prior to to or during 1998? That could serve as a more accurate source of dating - clearing away any "it was modified"
claims ... although I'm not familiar with the image format mentioned and the way the data is handled... so... maybe it would clear up things in
I'll go check that out, just to see.....
This is absolutely awesome assuming everything checks out...... every bone in me wants to jump to conclusions that the Black Bird is still flying
(which is what I've thought for a while....) - but... we still have to go through all of the validation stuff..... although I have to say I trust
you, GSA - so nothing personal.
Okay - so let's run through the checks, here.
All SR-71 frames are accounted for, correct? Do we have visual confirmation of ones in storage? Anyone know any workers who can verify that these
birds are still where they are claimed to be?
Taking that into account - what is the possibility of the retired frames being fakes?
I saw the black bird down at the Southern Museum of Flight - I can personally attest to the fact that that poor bird wasn't going anywhere for a
while. The paint was faded and wearing off in some places, there was moisture built up on the inside (which I thought to be a little odd... but I'm
no expert on what happens to planes when left to the weather) of the cockpit... and it was just a sad looking plane. I wanted to pull a team together
and fix it back up and give it an honorable place in a museum or sanctuary.
And, here again - if we can account for all of the BlackBirds known, and validate this picture, then we have a very interesting situation. This would
open up the possibility to a newly developed blackbird - wich would DEFINATELY explain why it would be being used. Probably one of the first issues
fixed or remedied in some fashion was the leaking fuel prior to takeoff.... It's more survivable than the U-2 - and if the fuel condition is
remedied - that would severely reduce operational costs - making it more logical to use instead of the U-2.
Please, dear God, let one of these photos of 'impossible' stuff be true....