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SR-71 Used as a Weapon?

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posted on Mar, 4 2009 @ 03:45 PM
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Well yeah, I'd always thought that was it for the YF-12 firing tests too, until I started looking into AGM-76.

I've now come across references to the 10 XAGM-76 tests from YF-12 a few different times, and I am curious why I never see it referenced in most sites discussing the YF-12 test program.

Very recently declassified material perhaps?
I can see how the nuclear strike mission would be subject to a lot more secrecy than the interceptor mission.

Wikipedia is iffy, however Encyclopedia Astronautica is an exhaustively well-researched resource, and they've never led me wrong before.




posted on Mar, 4 2009 @ 04:51 PM
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Check out this web site/page for some info on the AGM-76- These guys were at the RANCH

ROADRUNNERS INTERNATIONALE YF-12 MISSILES



posted on Mar, 4 2009 @ 05:04 PM
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Most pages I found cite 7 firings, but I saw one that had a correction note from someone that was supposed to have been involved that said they only knew of 3 firings. That's why I said that there were between 3 and 7. I still have yet to find anything but that one page that says they fired the AGM-76 from any of them however. They only talk about the tests with the AIM-47 as the only actual firings from a YF-12.



posted on Mar, 4 2009 @ 05:15 PM
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Originally posted by Zaphod58
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Most pages I found cite 7 firings, but I saw one that had a correction note from someone that was supposed to have been involved that said they only knew of 3 firings. That's why I said that there were between 3 and 7. I still have yet to find anything but that one page that says they fired the AGM-76 from any of them however. They only talk about the tests with the AIM-47 as the only actual firings from a YF-12.


There were 3 firings in 1965 and 4 in 1966. The person who only knew of 3 might have only been there in 1965.



posted on Mar, 4 2009 @ 05:37 PM
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That wouldn't surprise me. I've been doing most of the digging into this late at night when I'm half asleep so I probably missed the timing of the shots.

Thanks!



posted on May, 6 2009 @ 11:23 PM
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Hello All, I am NEW

I was looking for a video that I thought might be "declassified" by now and found this related thread, as It was shown to my father during Special forces training 1960-63. It was of a cuban gunboat entering of waters and an SR-71 that did a 2-3 pass fly by extreme close range to the gunboat literally "IMPLODING" the boat.



"We don't need no sticking GUNS"

If anyone finds thios video please let me know!

[edit on 6-5-2009 by 300whisper]



posted on May, 13 2009 @ 06:37 AM
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Originally posted by Oolon
More specifically has anyone heard of it being used or tested as a weapon by the means of LOW altitude flight and HIGH speed? Heck, any aircraft, not just the SR-71?

I was thinking what would a pass over a building in such a manner? Would it cause any damage? or would the occupants just wonder what the heck was that, an earthquake?


You have to look for "Project Pluto"

It's an unmanned nuclear-powered nuclear mach 3 cruise missile. Analysts suggested that having this missile fly at 'rooftop' altitudes at mach 3 will probably cause much physical and radiation damage that it no longer needs to carry any warhead...




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