posted on Aug, 18 2010 @ 10:20 AM
reply to post by kai22
Give you one better-
I remember as a kid looking at a framed picture of the Blackbird in his 'at-home' office/study/HIS room. The photo is taken from above the bird
while in flight. The pilot is clearly visible and even waving. I asked Pops where he got that picture from? He told me it's from a re-fueling mission
and he just leaned towards the cockpit window and took his camera out..
Here's the kicker- This was around 1969! At that time in my youth, I just thought "Cool picture the Ol' man took." Years later I realized what he
actually had (still has!) and the possible implications it could have been to National Security if the AF knew he had it, let alone that it was
hanging on his wall at home!
As an added note-
He's always has been and still is 'True Red, White and Blue' and getting any info about some of the 'possible covert missions' (that I know of)
that he was on is nil.
I have repeatedly told him that when he dies, all I want is his 'collection' and his journal, which he claims he doesn't have.( Ah B.S.-He still
documents everytime he gets gas and his mpg in a little notebook in the glove).
Although now when I bring up the Journal thing, he says 'All that has been declassified now, I don't know why you would want it'. My reply was
'Is you name on any of it?'
Quick answer- 'No'
Back to your 'OP'-
Matter of factly, I just recieved an email from him, I'll ask him his views on the Scramjet's pros and cons...