posted on Aug, 27 2008 @ 03:08 AM
speed is life, the faster you are the safer you are.
The only real use for hypersonic craft is as strike or recon vehicles.
As a deep interdiction stike aircraft ypou can penetrate deep into enemy airspace without having to worry about SAM interferance.
You could then return for re-crew, re-fuel and re-arm for a subsequent strike with a shorter turn around.
This doctrine assumes that you have a significant technological advantage over your adversaries.
But since we have demonstrated the ability to hit a re-entry phase warhead the argument is moot as far as an adversary having any advantage from
B2 crews spent over 40 hrs in flight on missions, imagine doing the same missions with a 4-5 hr flight time, or less if what I have read is
At just the right time if you are lucky, just after sunset high in the central sierra nevada mts of california, you can see it.
It rises from the south west, a pulsing brilliant light that streaks to the northwest, covering half of the sky in about 20-25 seconds;
It winks out after about 15 seconds and becomes a a smaller piercing white light that takes another 30 seconds to vanish from sight to the north
I have seen this 3 times now and always about the same time, when its dark to the east and the sun has jsut set where I'm at.
The fact that the sr-71 has been decommisioned, for some number of years now, points to a replacement already in service.