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Video of Black Bird LCO killed attempting to launch the D-21 Recon Drone.
We must appreciate that this man give his life in service for our country.
We now understand the risks our test pilots face.
After Gary Powers, Lockheed U-2, spy plane was shot down, over the USSR, in 1960, the CIA funded the Lockheed D-21 (unmanned) drone for spy
The Lockheed D-21 recon drone had a ram jet engine that needed to start at high speed. The ram jet could power the D-21 for almost 3,000 miles while
to took recon photos over enemy territory. Lockheed built special Black Birds to take the D-21 to speeds fast enough for the ram jet engine to start.
However, this was dangerous for the two pilots of the Black Birds, because if something went wrong there could be a catastrophic event killing the
What was the above top secret Avanti project at Lockheed Propulsion Company's (LPC) Potrero Canyon Site near Beaumont Californa?
Kelly Johnson, Lockheed Skunk Works Chief Engineer, decided that it was too dangerous to launch the D-21 from a Black Bird. He came up with a plan to
equip B-52 bombers to carry the D-21(s) under each wing and launch them from there. In order to do this, LPC was given the contract to build a rocket
specially designed to accelerate the D-21 fast enough to start the ramjet. This was called the Avanti Project (aka Tag Board) and it was carried out
at LPC's Potrero Canyon Site, near Beaumont, California. Avanti was challenging, because a rocket had to be designed to propel a craft that was
already existing, the D-21. Our engineers, back in the 60's, were only armed with slide rules (no desk top computers), and they managed to pull off
this project. Now, maybe, we can understand that important, above top secret, projects did occur at that site.
We have the rare photos of building and test firing (what a blast) the rocket to power the D-21B at the Lockheed Propulsion Company, Potrero Canyon
Site, Beaumont, California:
Would you like to see all kinds of pictures of the D21-B? Check this out:
Google: Flickr Hive Mind.net/tags/d-21
We hope that these photos will help those of you, who lived around Beaumont and San Jacinto, understand that really important projects were being
carried out up in those mysterious sites in the mountains so close to us, and we wanted to know what went on up there.
There is another Lockheed Propulsion Company Site called the, Gate Way Site, 160 acre, square parcel, exactly at an exit of the 60 Freeway on the side
and just north of the LaBorde Canyon Site. Lockheed sold this site to a private entity. Could they enter LaBorde through that site? Do any of you
know what they did there? Please let us know.
Where, exactly, on these properties did Wyle Labs have their radio active decontamination site? What years was it active, what happened to the
radioactive waste? What happened to the building?
We want to thank those of you who described your visit to the LaBorde Canyon Site. Every little bit helps. We used to go off road in that area, but
back in those days, Lockheed had NO NONSENSE SECURITY, and they kept us far away from those sites.
I am curious about the Prism. It looks like a HUGE pile of dirt and is called Stock Pile in a photo in a Tetra Tech LaBorde site clean up report.
Stock Pile...Hmmm, stockpile of what? I did not see an entrance to the Prism, did you see an entrance when were there in person? I am searching the
web. Inquiring minds want to know. We want to hear from more of you that have FACTS to share about those sites. Thanks So Much!
Respectfully Submitted For All To Enjoy,
Rich Powers and Friends