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originally posted by: Jukiodone
a reply to: gfad
High speed is very stealthy??
If you didn't know exactly where to look and you sat in your back yard with a 360 degree view of the sky, appropriate camera and waited lets say 8 hours ; what are the chances of capturing something at altitude that flies at over 4500 MPH?
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: rockpaperhammock
Something interesting to think about. The KC-135Q was designed to refuel the SR-71, and carried JP-7 fuel in the body tanks. After being reengined with the CFM-56 engines, they were redesignated KC-135T (the 8 or so that are capable of in flight refueling are RTs).
Now the SR-71 has been retired since 1990, so why are all the KC-135Ts still flying around, and why did the Air Force buy a huge amount of JP7 to be delivered around 2010? And why do they still list prices for it in 2013?
The real person here who probably knows is boomer as i bet he's pretty much seen everything slurping on his extra long hose
originally posted by: Pyle
a reply to: boomer135
Back in I think 2007 I was chatting with some pilots about how the 135T works when compaired to the Rs. (Pilots might know the operation of systems and perameters but they dont always know the components) and they let slip a rumor about a UAV/manned aircraft at the time that "Might" (wink) be using JP-7. Which is a bit before the 2010 delivery of JP-7. They said nothing more and we didnt push them. So I have nothing more.
Another 2007 rumor, this one is pretty dumb but not impossible, was that 135Ts would take off from Manas AB and fly off to a "unknown base" in the region. They would offload in-route/dumb/defuel at the base and then fill with JP-7 and refuel a special aircraft. Finally returning home without a hint of JP-7 in them. They would do this all in a 12 hour mission. I dont for a second think this rumor is true but its something I heards about.
As for the 135Ts fly as a normal tanker like boomer135 said and can be interchanged for normal flight missions. Everything is the same short of some fuel plumbing and a couple things to help with the SR-71 like an extra antenna and lights. Bt if you can get 2 fuel trucks on them or a duel pit for fueling they do fill faster then an R model since they have 2 SPRs. Which we loved when deployed for faster turns. 180k lb of fuel takes a bit of time to refuel.
originally posted by: themadgenius
Rest Assured there was follow on Program to the SR-71. It doesn't take some back door meet and greet with trickling down information to prove that this plane or platform is out there.
Chuck Clark got it on Tape, the Swiss Mountain Bat saw and describe it, and the Sky Quakes of the early 90's prove "something" was moving fast.