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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe View Post
    Back when "Stock cars" actually bore some mechanical resemblance to cars you could buy at a dealership?
    Here's footage of the 1960 Empire State 200 race. Richard Petty "The King" (#43) finished in second place, driving a blue car with 1950's styling fins:



    They have the location wrong. It was *not* at Stewart, despite what their captioning says.....

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    http://www.popularmechanics.com/mili...r-72-aircraft/

    After Years of Silence, We Finally Know More About the SR-71 Blackbird's Successor
    Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development Programs, or Skunk Works, discussed the future of the SR-72, a Mach 6 strike and reconnaissance aircraft.


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    By Jay Bennett
    Jun 7, 2017

    Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works recently divulged some information about the SR-72 program to build a successor to the iconic SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft. The advanced aircraft development division of Lockheed Martin told Aviation Week that hypersonic technologies, including a combined cycle propulsion system that merges a supersonic jet engine with a rocket engine, have advanced to the point that work on the planned SR-72 can begin in earnest. On paper, the SR-72 will be a strike and reconnaissance aircraft capable of topping Mach 6.

    "We've been saying hypersonics is two years away for the last 20 years, but all I can say is the technology is mature and we, along with DARPA and the services, are working hard to get that capability into the hands of our warfighters as soon as possible," Rob Weiss, Lockheed Martin's executive vice president and general manager for Skunk Works, told Aviation Week.



    An SR-71B, the trainer version of the SR-71 Blackbird, over the Sierra Nevada Mountains in December 1994. The trainer includes a raised second cockpit for the instructor.
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    The Air Force and DARPA have been working on the early development of a hypersonic successor to the SR-71 since the early 2000s. In 2013, the USAF announced that it had begun design work on a scaled demonstrator of the SR-72. Since then, however, almost no details about the program have been released.

    Now Skunk Works has confirmed that ground tests on a combined cycle engine with elements of a scramjet and rocket engine were conducted from 2013 to 2017. Lockheed Martin partnered with Aerojet Rocketdyne to began work modifying an off-the-shelf turbine to build a combined cycle engine back in 2006. The advanced aircraft division also said that it was getting close to starting full scale development of a flight research vehicle (FRV) that could be piloted or operated remotely. This FRV is expected to be about the size of an F-22 and use a full combined cycle propulsion system, according to Aviation Week.

    Lockheed Martin optimistically plans to fly an FRV in the early 2020s. Following demonstrator flight testing, a full-scale twin-engine SR-72, about the same size as the SR-71, could achieve first flight before 2030.

    The SR-72 program has been under the hood for years, and details are still tantalizingly lacking. In the 2020s, however, we could finally see what Skunk Works has been up to for the past two decades.

    Source: Aviation Week

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    Closest I ever came to a bitchin job was in a Piaggio. A wealthy student of mine had one on order and needed a pilot.

    Odd dude, insisted on learning in the Mooneycan231 and was often too lazy to finish the lesson. He'd say "I don't want to do this any more. You fly".

    As the plane got closer to delivery his insurance company insisted I be 2-3 times cooler than I am.

    I did get to sit in one. I began thinking it would be an odd looking pig (and it's odd I'm not going to lie).

    Spectacular visibility, super spacious and quiet up front.
    They sound very unique

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    Come along for a ride to an airshow in Wenatchee, WA.

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    Published on Jun 19, 2017
    This Boeing 707-120 is the original SAM-970 (tail number 58-6970)

    It is the first jet plane to become Air Force One. This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force and is currently on display at the Museum of Flight in Washington.

    Back when the aircraft was in service, whenever the President was aboard, the Nuclear Football would allegedly be kept in this two-drawer Mosler GSA safe, located at the front of the plane on the port side. This safe also was said to contain the codes for the Armed Services communication center codes.

    And I just opened it. ;-)

    I mean, honestly, this wasn't all that outrageous of a task. It was (and still is) equipped with a Mosler 302 mechanical safe dial. And, as is right and proper whenever such a safe or any other GSA/DoD/etc container is placed out of service, some technician diligently changed the combination to 50-25-50.

    Still, it was something of a shock to the folk on the aircraft when I opened it. I was told that this was likely the first time anyone had opened that safe in years.

    You can see a pretty nice walkthrough of the whole plane at this site here... https://thepointsguy.com/2016/12/3d-t...

    Other similar retired Air Force One jets are on display at the US Air Force museum and at the Reagan Presidential Library and museum. Maybe I'll have to visit those one day, too!

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    "And, as is right and proper whenever such a safe or any other GSA/DoD/etc container is placed out of service, some technician diligently changed the combination to 50-25-50."

    I wonder how many safes are installed around the government with this very combination, because their techs were government employees and have no motivation to be diligent?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by vreihen View Post
    "And, as is right and proper whenever such a safe or any other GSA/DoD/etc container is placed out of service, some technician diligently changed the combination to 50-25-50."

    I wonder how many safes are installed around the government with this very combination, because their techs were government employees and have no motivation to be diligent?????
    Probably a lot, but I bet still less than those computer accounts with passwords of 'password'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D-Dub View Post
    Probably a lot, but I bet still less than those computer accounts with passwords of 'password'.
    No - after the security scares recently, they were all upgraded...

    The 'P' is a capital now

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZDubNurd View Post
    No - after the security scares recently, they were all upgraded...

    The 'P' is a capital now
    Buy stock in 3M, because the government will need a gazillion Post-It notes to stick under keyboards if they push a mandatory password change on all employees.....

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    The hipster version of my weekend, put together using templates in the GoPro software

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