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  • Dave Siciliano
    started a topic SR-71 Flight manual declassified

    SR-71 Flight manual declassified

    One can spend a lot of time perusing this.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/i5eucyo7gm67b ... f.pdf?dl=1

  • Ralph Jones
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    Originally posted by Jeff Hartmann View Post
    She was something!
    Betchera$$ she was something. I got my PPL at her Kendall FLyingSchool in 1960. I was doing the simple instrument part in one of her Tri-Champs, with a CFI who was an ex-Hump pilot and wasn't about to let me get off with the simple instrument requirements of the time, so he gave me a no-gyro PAR into the ex-Richmond NAS. It didn't occur to him that the trees hadn't been cleared in years, and we took the top off an Australian pine. Mary and her A&P flew out in her other Tri-Champ with a prop lashed to the struts. He mounted the prop, opined that the bent wing strut wasn't too bad, and we flew the thing out, ummm, a bit out of trim.

    Few years later she got a midnight call that one of her airplanes had taken off NORDO. She hustled out to the airport, took off in her Apache, and Miami Approach vectored her to the airplane which was headed for -- naturally -- Cuba. She did a hotnose maneuver, shook him up with wake turbulence, and bullied him into turning around.

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  • Tom Tyson
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    I haven’t the SR-71 manual (yet ) but I have a copy of the U-2 / TR-1 POH (what do you expect from a glider geek?)

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  • Randy Sohn
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    Originally posted by Jeff Hartmann View Post
    She was something
    Concur!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also made me recall at our USAF flight school at Bevo Howard's T-6 place (Spence Field, Moultrie, GA) and sitting in that briefing room listening to him describe doing an airshow in his Buecker Jungmiester! Or holding the flags for his inverted ribbon cut! Good ole days!

    best, randy

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  • Terry Carraway
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    Thinking about it, I know that.

    But in the swept wing jet, the stall never breaks. And normally, if you are doing strange things (G, yaw, etc), it "departs controlled flight." Which is a wild ride from the videos I have seen,

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  • Jeff Hartmann
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    Originally posted by Terry Carraway View Post

    Did not think of them.

    I wonder. My experience with swept wings is they do not have a stall break, which should makes snaps very difficult.
    I never tried to snap roll a jet ;-) , but the slight sweep on Akro planes make a snap roll a lot quicker. Imagine a slight yaw and how one wing is straight into the relative wind and the other at an angle. A Pitts has a sweep on the upper wing and I have seen Mary Gaffaney do 7 consecutive snap rolls. I found this about her, and the Pitts.
    “Mary talked of those early Sundays back in 1966 when they would all gather at Curtis Pitts’s strip and sit in the shade and play with his airplane. She spoke of these early times softly, as a woman remembering family reunions. “I always had to use both hands to snap the old Stearman, so the first Pitts I flew, Zoom! Zoom! They said it was a beautiful double snap. I had to tell them I only meant one” As Mary described the Pitts, an inner glow came to her face. She acted it out, bouncing in her chair, hands karate-chopping the air, tossing her head. “It‘s so easy to fly. Point it, it goes; pull it, it snaps! Bang! Bang! Oh, it’s fun.” I had the fleeting impression that to arm-wrestle Mary would be to lose.” She was good at what she did but she worked for it. She also saw the life that she wanted to live, and lived it.
    from: https://www.iac.org/hall-fame-1991-mary-gaffaney


    She was something!

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  • Terry Carraway
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    Originally posted by Jeff Hartmann View Post

    I guess you didn't mean akro planes , like the Jungmeister and Jungmann… ( yes, I know what you meant....I just had to throw that in)
    Did not think of them.

    I wonder. My experience with swept wings is they do not have a stall break, which should makes snaps very difficult.

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  • Stephanie Belser
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    IIRC, Nancy Zeitlin gave me a copy of the SR-71 POH maybe fifteen years ago.

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  • Jeff Hartmann
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    Originally posted by Terry Carraway View Post

    Hmm, are there any swept wing aircraft that are cleared for intentional spins?
    I guess you didn't mean akro planes , like the Jungmeister and Jungmann… ( yes, I know what you meant....I just had to throw that in)

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  • Terry Carraway
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    Originally posted by Dave Siciliano View Post
    “Intentional spins are prohibited. The following technique is suggested if an inadvertent spin occurs; however, ejection may be the best course of action because spin recovery has not been demonstrated and is considered extremely unlikely.”
    page 6-7
    Hmm, are there any swept wing aircraft that are cleared for intentional spins?

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  • Scott Dyer HPN/NY
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    Originally posted by Reams Goodloe View Post
    Dave -

    That SR 71 Manual has actually been available for quite a while!!!
    Some years ago, I filed a few pages of it as "prior art" in an Information Disclosure Statement with the USPTO on some patent applications directed to supersonic compressors used for compressing various gases in industrial use.....

    But, you are right, you can spend some time with it, and it was great getting paid to do so....<g>

    Reams
    Reams -- Yes sir....I think I had a copy of it on a disk about 10 years ago. Fun to read!

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  • Dave Siciliano
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    I guess it’s new to me :-). Thanks for pointing that out. Some great stuff to peruse!

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  • Reams Goodloe
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    Dave -

    That SR 71 Manual has actually been available for quite a while!!!
    Some years ago, I filed a few pages of it as "prior art" in an Information Disclosure Statement with the USPTO on some patent applications directed to supersonic compressors used for compressing various gases in industrial use.....

    But, you are right, you can spend some time with it, and it was great getting paid to do so....<g>

    Reams

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  • John O'Shaughnessy [FCM]
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    HA!

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  • Dave Siciliano
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    Some highlights posted on another board"

    “If both the A and B hydraulic systems fail as indicated by illumination of the A HYD and B HYD warning lights and confirmed by loss of A and B hydraulic pressure and deteriorating control effectiveness:
    1. Eject
    [End of Do List]”
    page 3-98

    When under missile fire, "the pilot is authorized to use the tactical limits listed...to exit the hostile area by the most expeditious means... Subsequent reentry into situations which rely on use of these limits is NOT authorized."
    page 3-135 (On the same page as the procedure for defogging the cockpit.)

    RNAV is INS enhanced by "A" as in "Astro".
    "The ANS [Astroinertial Navigation System] is an inertial navigation system employing a star tracker to eliminate gyro drift and to limit position error."
    page 4-161

    Limit speed and altitude envelope.
    page 5-9

    "Maximum altitude is 85,000 feet. Do not fly over 85,000 feet unless you have prior authorization... No turns are allowed over 70,000 feet. Descend 2,000 feet prior to making any turns is recommended"
    page 5-10

    “Intentional spins are prohibited. The following technique is suggested if an inadvertent spin occurs; however, ejection may be the best course of action because spin recovery has not been demonstrated and is considered extremely unlikely.”
    page 6-7

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