[Video] SR71 Speed Check

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  1. AggieMike88

    AggieMike88 Touchdown! Greaser! PoA Supporter

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    kgruber En-Route

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    Still a good story after all these years!
     
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    SkyDog58 Final Approach

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    I've always liked that story. Too bad that isn't any ATC recordings of it by which to judge its veracity. Either way, it is funny.
     
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    Velocity173 Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    That vid has popped up everywhere recently. Read the story in Sled Driver about 20 years ago.

    I've always wondered if he didn't exaggerate it slightly though. I've witnessed an F-15 on radar once going over 1000 kts. "Rogue" out of WRB for a post maint hop. Started out at 500 kts at FL490. Once he got out in the warning area he accelerated at an amazing rate. My data dude and I watched as he went from 990 kts GS to +++. That's all that the software was designed for, three digits and in 10 kts increments. Above that, who knows how fast they're actually going. Heard from a center controller that worked in the 80s and he said his stuff only registered a 3 digit GS as well.

    Possibly the high sectors use a different software???? IDK.
     
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    Several great stories about the 71 missions. Out run a missile over Libya, fly the N Korea border. But no loiter time. U-2 give them that.