From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul> Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 18:33:13 -0400 Archived: Fri, 08 Nov 2013 05:28:47 -0500 Subject: SR-72 Son Of Blackbird Last Friday Aviation Week exclusively told the world about a breakthrough that would allow a new aircraft, the SR-72, to fly at six times the speed of sound, twice that of the SR-71 calling it =E2=80=9Cthe Son of BlackBird,=E2=80=9D and presented a detailed report= on the technology behind the hypersonic aircraft. The propulsion method is being kept secret, but the odds on favourite is Scram-Jet. --- "Guided by the U.S. Air Force's long-term hypersonic road map, the SR-72 is designed to fill what are perceived by defense planners as growing gaps in coverage of fast-reaction intelligence by the plethora of satellites, subsonic manned and unmanned platforms meant to replace the SR-71. Potentially dangerous and increasingly mobile threats are emerging in areas of denied or contested airspace, in countries with sophisticated air defenses and detailed knowledge of satellite movements. A vehicle penetrating at high altitude and Mach 6, a speed viewed by Lockheed Martin as the =E2=80=9Csweet spot=E2=80=9D for practical= air-breathing hypersonics, is expected to survive where even stealthy, advanced subsonic or supersonic aircraft and un- manned vehicles might not. Moreover, an armed ISR platform would also have the ability to strike targets before they could hide." --- I can't supply an AW&ST URL to the full text because it is subscriber only but its Blog is here: http://tinyurl.com/kfov5y4 The Skunk Works have been hard at work, it seems. It has been 23 years since the SR-71s were decommissioned. The last flight in June of that year to the Smithsonian. To me that seemed like a long gap and a vacuum that demanded superior technology to replace it. I've been positing something of this nature, a hi-bred Scram Jet technology which is the only aircraft 'engine' capable of those speeds. This one is reported to be armed BTW-unlike its forerunner. Sorry folks, no secret UFO drives here. I've also been suspicious of the Wave Rider and other clones being dropped off LA over the last few years. These always achieve limited success (they are too small, basically and trip over their own dynamic shock-waves and too small to push their airframes through what amounts to air that is like molasses at those speeds) but since they are relatively inexpensive as compared to the monster they are likely masking, they are probably being used as diversions to mask big brother. The "SR-72" will no doubt have a different name when it is finally revealed. The mysterious (claimed) con-trail off LA a couple of years ago would be more in keeping with a trial involving SoBB, air launched and landing at the Groome Lake testing area. Don Ledger Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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