Sunday, 25 May 2008
It's time for a Spod post! I have been larking about on Wikipedia which is always good for randomly smart things. Today I read about Lockheed-Martin who make very cool stuff. The pictured SR 71 Blackbird is about the coolest thing they made and it was pretty versatile as well as being nippy. Flying at a height of 17 miles it had a camera that could take a picture of a car number plate - feck!
When the plane was retired in 1990 one if its pilots did a US coast to coast speed run and crossed America in 68 minutes. How smart is that? He had to slow down to refuel on the way. Also to verify a speed record, the plane hoofed it between two radar points in St Louis & Cincinnati - these two are 350 miles apart (had to look that up as I couldn't place them on a map) and that part of the flight lasted 9 minutes. The same plane did New York to London in 1hr 56 mins. That's not bad for a plane made in the early seventies.
Next time Barack O calls me for a strategy brief (Tuesday, I reckon) I am going to ask him if he can arrange a go in said plane once he gets to The White House.
If this plane was 30 years old I wonder what they have now.
PS: Zoom in on the pic - it's me flying it! You have to look closely though, like the dude in the coffee beans pic.