A cockpit tour of the SR-71

By one of its seasoned pilots Richard Graham

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+11 1. Ivores commented 9 years ago

OK, who remembered 5 things in a row gets a cookie.
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+6 2. Burimi commented 9 years ago

I watched only 1:15 and already i'm lost! To much indicators!
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+5 3. nomoredavid commented 9 years ago

I have always been fascinated by this plane and wish I could be one of the lucky few who flew in it !
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+5 4. stonedecroze commented 9 years ago

The instrument they use most is the Map Projector - conveniently situated behind the joystick.
I'm not convinced the cockpit layout couldn't be just a tad better.
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+2 5. camoga commented 9 years ago

I always hated that cobra had the blackbird, had to pretend they went good.

knowing it half the battle
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-3 6. sx-64 commented 9 years ago

Notice the readout mistake he makes at 2:25 ! :x
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+1 7. KikooStyle commented 9 years ago

10:13 I always knew the "blackbird" had something to do with batman.
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+3 8. ImprsdBySmartVid commented 9 years ago

Very interesting!

Thanks for the post, the SR71 is such a piece excellent engineer work and it's clear that level of precise machinery could only be guided by very talented pilots after a long dedicated training. A simple mistake or distraction (Oops! It seems I've transferred too much fuel, after all...) and that's over, for you and anybody in the path of this titanium monster...

I suppose that with today technology, more people could pilot a plane like this one, if assisted by fast computers with delicate softwares as close to perfection as possible.

Maybe a bigger similar "plane" could launch small satellites into space? But at what astonishing costs for creating a more ambitious and bigger JP7 fed monster, if it's ever possible to scale up the SR71?

Americans and Russians have made so many quasi-alien technological monsters!
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+2 9. r123 commented 9 years ago

Can anyone imagine how futuristic it was when it was first launched over 50 years ago?

Heck, it looks more futuristic than any current military aircraft!
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0 10. Unknown commented 9 years ago

Where is the toilet?