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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D40X
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Duxford SR71 by WS-Clave Duxford SR71 by WS-Clave
From a visit to Duxford Museum in 2008.

This hall is the American Air Museum, looking back from the 'window end' at the SR-71 (engines removed) you can also see the curve of the building, which is a sort of 'cut-off teardop' shape...
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:iconofgermanblood:
OfGermanBlood Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Student Photographer
my fav plane. my uncle worked on this way back when.. on some of the computer systems
I love them so much.
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
It is impressive, and as an ex-missile technician, I was fascinated by the engines - I understand how ramjets work, and normal turbojets... but to combine the two? that's insane genius right there...
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OfGermanBlood Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Student Photographer
no kidding. Way beyond anything I understand I like aircraft when i was a child my dad would take me to air museums all around the country. i have alot of model planes.. INC the blackbird.
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
Holy frigging cow!
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
lol :D

It does make you blink a little.. It's good to get close to (and touch) there's something 'grainy' about it - it's not quite like any other plane.
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:iconzjoriz:
zJoriz Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
Stealth paint? I figure that must feel somewhat like the skin of a ray. Or rough plastic.
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:iconws-clave:
WS-Clave Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
It's made of titanium alloy resist the temperature and painted very dark blue, but it felt smooth enough... I would guess that an F-117A would feel different as the surface finish has advanced since then...
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
Yes... I think I wanna go and feel an F-117. Now if they'd only let me...
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
They will be in museums soon enough...
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:iconzjoriz:
zJoriz Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
You think so?
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Well they retired them last year, so it just depends on how secret they think they are. I suspect they have moved on enough with the technology to allow a few of them to be shown in museums...
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SindreAHN Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
i`ve bin there too =D
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
It's good isn't it? :D
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SindreAHN Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
jap =D
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sierdzio Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
so this is a genuine Black Bird? Or just a reconstruction/model?
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
It's real - this is part of the Imperial War Museum, and it's a pretty important collection, a bit like the Smithsonian in the US...
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sierdzio Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
wow, that's a big plus for them, then. Getting a SR-71 must have costed them a lot of money and effort... if I recall well there were only 12 or 15 Black Birds produced.

Maybe I'll manage to visit Duxford some day.
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
They made 32 according to Wiki, so yes there weren't many available, not a bad result to get one...

The U2 only had a production run of 86...

They also have a T.S.R.2 - there were only 3 made, and only 2 survived (the other one is in the RAF museum)

It's a great experience - just to be indoors with a B-52 is amazing...
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sierdzio Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
Now you've made me really eager to visit UK!


Inside Rzeszów's Technical University there is an engine of (I don't remember exactly of what plane, sorry. The 2 I give might be most close, but I'm not sure) A4 Skyhawk or RF-4 Phantom shot down during the Vietnam war. Since Poland was a communistic country back then, the engine travelled (dunno why) to Rzeszów and is still kept here. What's more strange, it's kept inside the University, but not shown to the public. I managed to see it, though :)
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
How odd!
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Jacobite1 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I use to refuel these while stationed at Kadena AB on Okinawa. Sleek from a distance, but they always reminded me of clinker built ship when up close to the overlapping plates of the fuselage. And compared to the F-15's the pilot's cockpit, which I got to sit in once was very late 50's, early 60-ish in layout and instrumentation. All the cool stuff was with the RSO in the second seat, which even with my Top Secret clearance, I was not allowed to see.

Since the seals in the SR's fuel lines were designed to work above 30K feet, we only gave them enough fuel to reach a tanker waiting for them. They leaked fuel everywhere while we fueled them up, drip pans placed all below the fuel lines.

Beautiful to watch take off at night, with blue flame that could be seen for miles as the plane climbed away.

I'll never forget the night that one came back not more then 40 minutes after it had taken off. I was heading for the "Navy ramp" and had to stop to let it go by. Where they got the paper I dont know, but in the pilot's side window he had put up a piece of paper saying "For Sale" and the RSO had in his window, "CHEAP" The next afternoon as I arrived at my duty section, outside the "Habu hanger sat the same plane, an airman on a ladder crouching into the engine exhaust with a shovel and a large pile of black filth and crud being piled below the plane.

I found out later that there had been a problem with the starboard engine and at altitude the engine had crystallized, literally turning to mush. They had managed to return on one engine.
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
Amazing!

I always found them fascinating, as much for the engines as anything - the turbojet that turns into a ramjet is genius, and as I worked on ramjet powered missiles in the RAF, it really struck a chord...
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Jacobite1 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I was stationed there back in 1981-1982. The US Marines use to rotate their two squadrons of British Harriers to Okinawa for 6 month deployments. Those were the first ones built that the RAF rejected, and so Hawker-Siddeley sold them dirt cheap to the Marines :D

I was good friends with the crew chief's of those two squadrons and was proud of those planes, being that I am British by Birth, English Father, Scottish Mother, born in Rutherglen Scotland. I had just become an American citizen in 1980 before joining the USAF.

During 1982 while on Okinawa, I had my duty section watching the news every night during the Falklands war, I use to walk about the base in a jacket I had made which had a large Union Jack on the back, with "Falkland Islands" above it, and "Malvinas, my Arse!" below. You would not believe the trouble I had trying to tell the embroiderer I wanted a Union Jack on the jacket, since he only spoke Japanese.

A year later, in 1983, I wound up a part of the US's own island war, serving on Grenada.
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
Great stories! :D

My own military life was bound up with the Bloodhound missile: [link]
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Dynamoe Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
Built with sliderulers and compasses in the early 1960's to boot!

Kinda makes ya wonder what the hell they got out there now, don't it?
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
Yes, and think about the other 60s stuff too: Saturn V, Concorde, TSR2 etc. designers put a lot of slide rule hours in back then...
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TheCH Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Student Digital Artist
This the Shit.
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
:D
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Sysreli Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
yehheeahh!!
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
:D
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Maxim-Lysak Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, for this view of blackbird! =)
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
My pleasure :)
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:iconj-u-d-a-s:
J-u-d-a-s Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
The blackbird! nice one ;)
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
:D
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Foxi-5 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
That is pure plane love!
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
Hehe :D
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Professional
wonderful
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:iconws-clave:
WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
Thank you! :)
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sh00t3r888 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
SR71=Sex in plane form , always have loved this machine!!!
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
Me too :D
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T1g4h Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Man, the SR71 is so damn beautiful. It's so sleek and sexeh :D
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
Yeah, it is an icon - hard to believe it was made so long ago...
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ColubrineDeuce Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Professional Photographer
Have you heard of jetfire?
Cause Transformers two is going to have an SR 71 that was originally patterened after Macross Robotech VF-1 Valkarie (f14 ish)
I am SOOOOOOOO excited!!!!!
I LOVE JETFIRE!!!
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
Sounds interesting :)
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BringerOfStorms Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw my first SR71 on the deck of the Intrepid in NYC... it is a stunning plane. Love em. ~BoS
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Nice - is that the museum aircraft carrier?
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BringerOfStorms Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup. It is stunning to see the carrier and then to have this large black "spaceship" parked on it, just puts you over the top... wild. ~BoS
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
It looks great - I saw it in a film - just can't remember which one....
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BringerOfStorms Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Just noticed that I must really love the word "stunning"... haha. I am stunned... :nerd:
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Ludwikia Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Sweet mother of god that IS an SR-71.
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