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This is the amazing Lockheed Martin SR-72—the space Blackbird

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posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 04:22 PM
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You don't think a C-130 carrying four Firebee UAVs is cool? I sure do.




posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 04:30 PM
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Your right...I have never seen one of those before.



posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 05:03 PM
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Amazing information everyone; The UAV's being carried by the DC 130 high wing, we're those drones for target practice? Circa 1970 or so?



posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 05:26 PM
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Not initially. The Firebee was programmed to fly a route over Vietnam, and other target areas, afterwards it would splash down at a predetermined point, where it was picked up by a Navy ship, and the film processed and analyzed. They found a number of intelligence coups that way, including the POWs that they attempted to rescue, that were in a hidden camp.

Later on, after Vietnam until today the Firebee has been used for a target drone. In fact I used to have a piece of one that washed ashore during a RIMPAC exercise that I found.
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posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 05:31 PM
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Yes, they were used for target practice but the DC130 with its Firebee's were also used for recon., Chaff dispersal and used as recently as Operation Iraqi Freedom.

en.wikipedia.org...



posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 05:33 PM
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Aww,.... you got to it before I did.



posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 05:37 PM
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What else am I gonna do while sitting here down?
Besides I have a rep to maintain.



posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 05:43 PM
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You'd be surprised, actually.. The US has been using unmanned aircraft for reconnaissance, since the 1960's.

And for decoys/targets, much earlier than that!!! 1930's, I believe...



posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 05:44 PM
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Waaay earlier than that. You'll read all about it soon enough.



posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 05:56 PM
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Another Gigidity Gigidity moment!! Any more OMG hints in this new (book) thread?




posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 06:01 PM
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Other than it's probably going to take me the better part of a week, with a 1+ page OP? Nope.



posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 06:05 PM
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warpboost

Astr0

This is from an old Nat Geo video - looks beautiful. Looks very familiar.

Do you know the name of the Nat Geo video or show this was on? I would like to see it. Thanks

At a certain point, the physics of what you're trying to accomplish will dictate the shape. It's why cars are generally so boring looking these days. Something blasting through the upper atmosphere at Mach 6 is going to look a certain way.



posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 06:06 PM
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Good!! Because I've been racking my brain trying to figure out page 9's white to black teaser.



posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 06:13 PM
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weavty1
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You'd be surprised, actually.. The US has been using unmanned aircraft for reconnaissance, since the 1960's.


Yeah but the super sexy fast ones weren't all that successful!!



posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 06:31 PM
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That one will continue to taunt you, for a long time coming.



posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 06:39 PM
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Uncool- I've always wanted a universal translator.




posted on Nov, 5 2013 @ 12:22 AM
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Not sure if anyone but zaph has seen these, but came across this tonight when looking for live pics of the 72 in action

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Nov, 5 2013 @ 01:41 AM
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Looks like GCI that's been purposefully blurred to hide the fact it's CGI.

I've seen better screen caps from Stargate SG:1. Here's one, the F-302. Looks pretty real, doesn't it?





The F-302 fighter-interceptor has four different sets of engines: air breathing jets, modified aerospikes for high altitude, a rocket booster, and a hyperspace window generator.

Stargate Wiki

Actually, the F-302 didn't have a "hyperspace window generator" -- it's predecessor the X-302 did.

Anywho -- this fictional design seems quite possible of SSTO, given the engine designs discussed in this thread.



posted on Nov, 5 2013 @ 04:21 AM
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Those were the CGI images for the proposed HTV-3X Blackswift that fell under the Falcon project. It was to use the same type of engines as the SR-72.



posted on Nov, 5 2013 @ 04:26 AM
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Black swift is probably the program that the SR-71 came from.



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