Author Topic: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration  (Read 11202 times)

Offline Volkodav

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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2013, 06:17:48 PM »
I remember reading ages ago that a strike version of the SR-71 was proposed using solid, hypersonic free fall bombs.  The idea was the solid bombs hitting the target at hypersonic speed would do more damage than a conventional frag bomb.

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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2013, 07:06:43 PM »
Well there were a number of B-71 proposals.
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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2013, 07:11:25 PM »
Something that just screams to be modelled:

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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2013, 07:36:45 PM »
Sweet

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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2013, 01:31:25 AM »
RATO units can be sourced from the Lindberg Snark for a 1:48th scale effort.  Not sure if the Revell box-scale Snark RATO units would be suitable for a 1:72nd scale attempt.  Then of course you have the opportunity to create a ZELL version if you wish. :)
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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2013, 07:24:00 AM »
I have a load of the lil metal ones still too.. same reason cos they've lasted. Theyre in a tub underneath my model desk as it happens.. lol

I still have a couple of the lil metal V-ROC VTOLs. Don't remember what happened to the rest.  :(

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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2013, 05:18:17 AM »
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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #22 on: April 21, 2013, 12:24:03 AM »
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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #23 on: June 06, 2013, 06:50:07 AM »
Why not one refitted to boost an ASAT/ABM-launcher version of the X-15? Add a little relative flexibility in mopping up  what the Alaska-based and seaborne Tier 3 Aegis installations miss...

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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #24 on: June 06, 2013, 10:42:24 AM »
Why not one refitted to boost an ASAT/ABM-launcher version of the X-15? Add a little relative flexibility in mopping up  what the Alaska-based and seaborne Tier 3 Aegis installations miss...
I think the relative sizes would be a bit problematical there.  How about a direct ASAT/ABM launcher version?

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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2013, 10:54:52 AM »
That works too, Evan--I thought X-15 was about the size of a D-21 and an ASAT was about the size of X-15A-2's drop tanks, and was thinking that by adding an intermediate "booster stage"  that'd expand the safety margin for knockdown.

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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2013, 11:44:40 AM »
That works too, Evan--I thought X-15 was about the size of a D-21 and an ASAT was about the size of X-15A-2's drop tanks, and was thinking that by adding an intermediate "booster stage"  that'd expand the safety margin for knockdown.
Check the numbers, I think the X-15 is a bit larger than that.  Of course, I like the ABM that was to be deployed from the Ultimate Arrow (with ramjet pods et al.), it was derived from the upper stage of a Nike Zeus.  Mind you, if that ABM could fit the Arrow's weapons bay pod and deploy, it likely could fit in the F-12's weapons bays or equivalent on other variants.
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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #27 on: August 15, 2013, 04:01:46 AM »
It'll probably never happen, but an Air Force General says we need something like the Blackbird again:
http://www.omaha.com/article/20130813/NEWS/130819673/1685
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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2013, 09:00:14 PM »
odd that this thread resurfaced today, I was only just watching a program on the Military Channel last night all about Oxcart with some new declassified film footage added (according to the commentator that is)

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