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02-01-2004, 09:49 AM
And other airplane stuff...

In his book, Sled Driver, SR-71 Blackbird, pilot Brian Shul writes:

"I'll always remember a certain radio exchange that occurred one day as Walt (my back seater) and I were screaming across Southern California 13 miles high. We were monitoring various radio transmissions from other aircraft as we entered Los Angeles airspace. Though they didn't really control us, they did monitor our movement across their scope. I heard a Cessna ask for a readout of its ground speed."

"90 knots" Center replied. "Moments later, a Twin Beech required the same."

"120 knots," Center answered. We weren't the only ones proud of our ground speed that day as almost instantly an F-18 smugly transmitted,

'Ah, Center, Dusty 52 requests ground speed readout.'

There was a slight pause, then the response, "525 knots on the ground, Dusty."

"Another silent pause. As I was thinking to myself how ripe a situation this was, I heard a familiar click of a radio transmission coming from my back seater. It was at that precise moment I realized Walt and I had become a real crew, for we were both thinking in unison."

"Center, Aspen 20, you got a ground speed readout for us?"

There was a longer than normal pause ..

"Aspen, I show 1,742 knots" No further inquiries were heard on that frequency.

In another famous SR-71 story, Los Angeles Center reported receiving a request for clearance to FL 60 (60,000 ft). The incredulous controller, with some disdain in his voice, asked, "How do you plan to get up to 60,000 feet?

The pilot (obviously a sled driver), responded, "We don't plan to go up to it, we plan to go down to it." He was cleared.

The pilot was sitting in his seat and pulled out a .38 revolver. He placed it on top of the instrument panel, and then asked the navigator,

"Do you know what I use this for?"

The navigator replied timidly, "No, what's it for?"

The pilot responded, "I use this on navigators who get me lost!"

The navigator proceeded to pull out a .45 and place it on his chart table.

The pilot asked, "What's that for?"

"To be honest sir," the navigator replied, "I'll know we're lost before you will."

More tower chatter:

Tower: "Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock, 6 miles!"

Delta 351: "Give us another hint! We have digital watches!"

One day the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to hold short of the runway while a MD80 landed. The MD80 landed, rolled out, turned around, and taxied back past the Cherokee. Some quick-witted comedian in the MD80 crew got on the radio and said, "What a cute little plane. Did you make it all by yourself?"

Our hero the Cherokee pilot, not about to let the insult go by, came back with: "I made it out of MD80 parts. Another landing like that and I'll have enough parts for another one."

There's a story about the military pilot calling for a priority landing because his single-engine jet fighter was running "a bit peaked."

Air Traffic Control told the fighter jock that he was number two behind a B-52 that had one engine shut down.

"Ah," the pilot remarked, "the dreaded seven-engine approach."

A student became lost during a solo cross-country flight.

While attempting to locate the aircraft on radar, ATC asked, "What was your last known position?"

Student: "When I was number one for takeoff."

Taxiing down the tarmac, the 757 abruptly stopped, turned around and returned to the gate. After an hour-long wait, it finally took off.

A concerned passenger asked the flight attendant, "What was the problem?"

"The pilot was bothered by a noise he heard in the engine," explained the flight attendant," and it took us a while to find a new pilot."

"Flight 2341, for noise abatement turn right 45 degrees."

"But Center, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?"

"Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?"

I love air shows, old and new war birds. Clubbing has to be considered inexpensive compared playing with the old fighters. ::) Anyone else frequent airshows?

02-01-2004, 10:29 AM
Great stuff Fish. I've only been to one air show, had a ball.

02-01-2004, 06:40 PM
Dayton has a kick ass air show every year. The only problem with it is its in the hottest part of the summer and you about die from heat stroke. Ive only been once but have been thinking about going back. I just hate dealing with the traffic and crowds.

We also have the US Air Force Museum over at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. You can see just about any plane you can imagine plus tons of military paraphenalia and other historical items. Its awesome. And believe it or not, its free.


02-01-2004, 09:14 PM
I don't think a B-2 can even go super-sonic.

Yup, high sub-sonic speed. The last thing a stealth aircraft wants to do is break the sound barrier and draw attention to itself with a sonic boom!

02-02-2004, 09:38 AM
Oddly enough, I've never been to an airshow. Would like to though. I do have an interest in military planes both old and new.

We have a air and space museum just a couple miles from where I live.


They have an actual SR-71 displayed in the lobby (http://www.visi.com/~jweeks/sr71/kansas.html). It also houses the actual Apollo 13 command module.

Also up in Nebraska, along I-80 between Lincoln and Omaha is the Strategic Air and Space Museum (SAC).


They also have a Blackbird on display (http://www.visi.com/~jweeks/sr71/sac.html) in their atrium. That is one badass plane.

If you're a plane or spacecraft fanatic, I'd recommend both museums if any of you get out this way.

02-02-2004, 04:11 PM
I happened to find this site: http://www.passur.com/sites.htm

If you choose a link to one of the airports, you can actually watch a radar screen of planes landing and taking off... you can also click on a plane and see what it is and it's altitude. it's pretty cool.

Ya I don't have a life LMAO

02-03-2004, 08:43 PM
The sr-71 is a great plane. I love the F4U Corsair shes my fav. Then it would have to be the space shuttle. I'm so happy shes going back in space this year. Thanks for the kick ass sites guys. I have one for the space guys.
this one you can actually track satellites.

02-14-2004, 12:32 AM
Great stories FN. Designator code questions. The SR 71 was
a recon airplane. But I've never heard of an plane (other than the SR 71) with a code of S. R was of course recon.
But what the S for? Other codes. P was used for pursuit planes (P-40) during WWII. Not used since and replaced by F for fighter. B has always been bomber. H has always been helicopter. C has always been cargo or transport.
X is experimental.

Was the S for special or secret?