posted on May, 6 2013 @ 04:26 AM
Sonic boom were a common thing when I was a kid. I lived very close to both an Air Force base that closed in the late 60's, I believe, and Point Mugu
Naval Air Station which headquarters the Pacific missile test range where I made my career and where the X-51A made its test flight. They had later
passed all those ordinances putting an end to the noise for the most part, the only sonic booms I would hear in later years would be the double boom
of the Space Shuttle and its chase plane as it passed overhead on its way to land at Edwards AFB in the high desert of California or when far from
land while on board a ship during missile testing on my job.
OK, just reminiscing for a moment, I am retired now. I am happy they finally got a successful flight. The cool thing about the X-51A was that it was
using a more or less standard jet fuel. Our earlier X-43A flights used special fuels that would be considered too dangerous for commercial use. Of
three flights with that platform had a key role in two of those flight tests, the two later and successful flights. Due to that fuel we were able to
see flights achieving mach 7 and later mach 10! Since retiring I had to read about two unsuccessful tests before this success just a few days ago.
I posted about all that here on ATS when those flights failed. I threw in my comments about what I did to be able to maintain track on those craft
despite the engineers and test conductors' misguided efforts that I believed might be behind those failures. Hint: lose track and Safety has to hit
the Command Destruct button. Nobody listens to the flunkie on the console when all those "experts" are so cocksure they truly are the experts they
think they are. I witnessed the first test flight and saw the failure, then for the next two I had the hot seat and wasn't going to let that happen
to. Because ATS posts always show up on web searches I might suspect, and hope a little bit, someone read when I posted about my unorthodox method I
used to stay on track with it. No kidding about all this. Glad they had a success again, first one since I retired in 2006, and I still had the hot
seat for the two fastest successes so far - wish I could get a bonus though.
This is good stuff. A ramjet is a great concept but had a problem going hyper-sonic, like smoking a cigarette in a hurricane. This platform is a
scramjet, a super-sonic combustion ramjet. They managed to learn how to light that ciggy in a hurricane, and now we be smokin'!
I was onboard to test some of the latest and greatest over the past few decades that we can talk about. It may actually be the best we have. I
never saw any anti-grav reverse-engineered Zeta-Reticuli ET kind of craft. Being in middle of the testing of super-secret military goodies I never
even heard stories about the kind of stuff many people think we have stashed away in super-secret underground hangars and labs. All I ever saw was the
kind of skunkworks goodies that eventually make itinto the public eye. I never seen a UFO - at least not the kind that didn't have a good
explanation. This flight here may be the best indicator of where our future really is going. This may indeed be the best we got.
That other stuff may exist but I never saw it. As long as we all have been talking and speculating about that ET kind of stuff it seems we may have
seen more of it by now. In my time the sound barrier was broken about five years before I was born. I saw solid-state electronics replace tubes and a
hand-carried transistor radio was really a cool thing when I was a kid. A computer like I have here on my desk couldn't be fit in a large warehouse
back then. Maybe reverse engineering got us from there to where we are today. I believe we captured some crashed "alien" technology - though I am no
convinced it wasn't just "ultra-"terrestrial in origin. It is suggested it was our radars that took down those "saucers." Those were probably the
forerunners to the kind of super radar I used to track those X-43A platforms. And now, the best of it all - the rest of my life is all about
señoritas and tequila shots.
S&F for the memories.