Author Topic: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration  (Read 12230 times)

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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #45 on: December 06, 2015, 08:34:05 AM »
There is discussion about this the over at Secret Project. Lots of charts on performance and various options.

Here's some info on a few unbuilt SENIOR CROWN variations:

SR-71I

30 September 1980 iteration:
-AWG-9 radar
-four AIM-54 missiles
-anti-AWACS tasked

1 November 1982 iteration:
-APG-65 radar
-four AIM-120 missiles (80 nm range when fired at Mach 3.1 and 80,000 feet)
-anti-AWACS tasked
-secondary anti-bomber tasking

SR-71(Bx) (1976)

-nuclear strike aircraft
-four AGM-69 missiles (514 nm downrange/200 nm crossrange range when fired at Mach 3 and 80,000 feet)
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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #46 on: December 07, 2015, 02:56:32 AM »
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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #47 on: December 07, 2015, 09:30:42 AM »
Ah, so the Blackbirds were actually extra atmospheric interceptors that the government pretended were reconnaissance aircraft to prevent the inevitable panic if the general public realised we were at war with alien invaders?

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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #48 on: December 08, 2015, 10:13:34 AM »
I think they're F-12s. The "secret" is that they actually entered service.

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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #49 on: December 11, 2015, 04:30:57 AM »
Those HAVE to be F-12s.
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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #50 on: December 11, 2015, 09:03:45 AM »
Imagine if they did enter service as a silver bullet force, like the F-22, but were also made available to the closest of allies.

I recall reading that a substantial amount of titanium used in the SR-71s fabrication was sourced from the USSR, a production run of two to three hundred F-12s would need much more titanium and hence much greater effort in exploiting western reserves and developing more efficient and affordable extraction techniques, perhaps led by Australia's CSIRO, the Australian government being keep to exploit natural reserves and further strengthen strategic defence ties to the US.

End result, a cheaper but still expensive F-12 built in reasonable numbers (1000+?), attack / penetration versions developed. And of course this being me, an Australian silver bullet force of two fighter and one attack squadrons.

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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #51 on: December 11, 2015, 12:44:40 PM »
Given the similarities between the original J58-P-2 and the Gyron, I could see a Gyron Major with the same changes as made to produce a J58-P-20 as fitted to the various A-12/F-12/SR-71 variants, and fitted to a British variant (SR-71K?).

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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #52 on: April 16, 2018, 06:38:19 AM »
Found on Facebook.  Lockheed L-1271-6 Blackbird Bizjet (version 1)

1/48 Testors SR-71 as a Lockheed L-1271-6 “what-if” six-passenger bizjet in Evergreen Aviation scheme.





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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #53 on: April 16, 2018, 07:08:04 AM »
Is charming  :-*

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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #54 on: April 16, 2018, 08:23:56 AM »
That is by far the best thing I have seen yet for a what-if Lockheed SR-71/YF-12.
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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #55 on: April 16, 2018, 07:18:01 PM »
That's cool! 8)
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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #56 on: April 17, 2018, 01:39:00 AM »
 :smiley:
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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #57 on: April 27, 2018, 11:02:03 PM »
Bruce also made a FedEx variant.   And if I recall correctly, there is a transport for Ferrari in Agip colors.
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Re: Lockheed A-12 & SR-71 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #58 on: May 15, 2018, 07:14:27 PM »
An article in Swedish about a Viggen Pilot who intercepted an SR-71 as it violated Swedish air space as part of the Baltic Express missions.



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Not sure if this photo been up on the web before. Provided by Viggen pilot Per-Olof Eldh to Vi Menn. SR-71 with engine problems during #Baltic mission. Briefly violated Swedish airspace. (1977-1988 Viggen pilots came within firing range on 51 occasions)

Unstart? Note the right engine afterburner nozzle is fully open. 

Similar English version here but without the photo: https://theaviationgeekclub.com/viggen-vs-blackbird-swedish-air-force-ja-37-fighter-pilots-able-achieve-radar-lock-legendary-sr-71-mach-3-spy-plane/

Not sure if this is the Bodo Express. Cannot make out the tail number. Bodo Express was 964.
https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/that-time-an-sr-71-made-an-emergency-landing-in-norway-1765436508
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