Historic Aircraft from back in the day

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WoW Awesome pictures! Woohoo
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Skunkworks in Burbank was legendary 😎 [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/14/514343/s1200_Screenshot_20211014_055756_Facebook.jpg[/img] Anyone interested in purchasing this Widowmaker? It's right down the road from me. :woohoo: [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/14/514344/s1200_CF_104D_N104_6_1024x682.jpg[/img] https://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/flyable-cf-104-starfighter-for-sale.html
Skunkworks in Burbank was legendary 😎



Anyone interested in purchasing this Widowmaker?
It's right down the road from me. Woohoo


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Awesome!

My grandpa (dad’s stepdad, but always grandpa to me) worked there as well. He worked on several airplanes but was proudest of the SR-71. Years later, I really learned why when I learned more about just how amazing that aircraft was, especially given the available technology of the time.

Those F-104’s are more like a rocket with tiny wings than an airplane, lol…
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G-man wrote:
Skunkworks in Burbank was legendary 😎 [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/14/514343/s1200_Screenshot_20211014_055756_Facebook.jpg[/img] Anyone interested in purchasing this Widowmaker? It's right down the road from me. :woohoo: [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/14/514344/s1200_CF_104D_N104_6_1024x682.jpg[/img] https://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/flyable-cf-104-starfighter-for-sale.html
Skunkworks in Burbank was legendary 😎



Anyone interested in purchasing this Widowmaker?
It's right down the road from me. Woohoo


https://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/flyable-cf-104-starfighter-for-s…

I was working a KC-135 on the ramp at Mildenhall in 1977. Changing a sighting glass actuator. Had 3 newbies on the ground. I was buried in the plane when I heard this tremendous boom...I asked the kids wtf had exploded. They were dumbstruck...no response. Then the second German F-104 streaked down the runway at +mach...giant boom. They were coming in for the Mildenhall airshow. Good times back then.
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PNWRider wrote:
Awesome! My grandpa (dad’s stepdad, but always grandpa to me) worked there as well. He worked on several airplanes but was proudest of the SR-71. Years...
Awesome!

My grandpa (dad’s stepdad, but always grandpa to me) worked there as well. He worked on several airplanes but was proudest of the SR-71. Years later, I really learned why when I learned more about just how amazing that aircraft was, especially given the available technology of the time.

Those F-104’s are more like a rocket with tiny wings than an airplane, lol…
Very cool, yes the SR-71 is my favorite Aircraft and so far ahead of its time.

You're right about the F-104, looks VERY FAST and unstable with those stubby wings. Woohoo
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I was working a KC-135 on the ramp at Mildenhall in 1977. Changing a sighting glass actuator. Had 3 newbies on the ground. I was buried...
I was working a KC-135 on the ramp at Mildenhall in 1977. Changing a sighting glass actuator. Had 3 newbies on the ground. I was buried in the plane when I heard this tremendous boom...I asked the kids wtf had exploded. They were dumbstruck...no response. Then the second German F-104 streaked down the runway at +mach...giant boom. They were coming in for the Mildenhall airshow. Good times back then.
Haha, great story!👍
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Amazing stuff, so innovative to hide the Skunk Works Factory and create a fake suburb. Smile







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If you get the chance, read the book "Skunk Works" by Ben Rich. Kelly brought on Rich to help develop the U2, and then he stayed on and eventually replaced Kelly when he retired. Most of the book is pretty jaw dropping. The technology they were creating, with the technology they were working with is truly incredible. Definitely check it out
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If you get the chance, read the book "Skunk Works" by Ben Rich. Kelly brought on Rich to help develop the U2, and then he stayed...
If you get the chance, read the book "Skunk Works" by Ben Rich. Kelly brought on Rich to help develop the U2, and then he stayed on and eventually replaced Kelly when he retired. Most of the book is pretty jaw dropping. The technology they were creating, with the technology they were working with is truly incredible. Definitely check it out
That was a great book. How he figured out that adding the cones to the SR71 engines would slow down the air enough to not choke the engine requires a lot more brain power than I’m putting out, that’s for sure.
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If you get the chance, read the book "Skunk Works" by Ben Rich. Kelly brought on Rich to help develop the U2, and then he stayed...
If you get the chance, read the book "Skunk Works" by Ben Rich. Kelly brought on Rich to help develop the U2, and then he stayed on and eventually replaced Kelly when he retired. Most of the book is pretty jaw dropping. The technology they were creating, with the technology they were working with is truly incredible. Definitely check it out
Sully wrote:
That was a great book. How he figured out that adding the cones to the SR71 engines would slow down the air enough to not choke...
That was a great book. How he figured out that adding the cones to the SR71 engines would slow down the air enough to not choke the engine requires a lot more brain power than I’m putting out, that’s for sure.
One of the craziest thoughts on time for me is that the SR71 flew closer to the Wright Brothers first flight, than it was to current times. All without fancy computers and simulators, and all with slide rules and smarts.
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If you get the chance, read the book "Skunk Works" by Ben Rich. Kelly brought on Rich to help develop the U2, and then he stayed...
If you get the chance, read the book "Skunk Works" by Ben Rich. Kelly brought on Rich to help develop the U2, and then he stayed on and eventually replaced Kelly when he retired. Most of the book is pretty jaw dropping. The technology they were creating, with the technology they were working with is truly incredible. Definitely check it out
It's on my checklist for sure, read the Yeager book about 30 years ago and it was a good read about my Buddy the FMOTP. Smile


A few guys on here have mentioned Ben's book, sounds good.
Thanks
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This beast would rattle and shake windows throughout the Antelope Valley when she took off



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This beast would rattle and shake windows throughout the Antelope Valley when she took off [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/18/514909/s1200_C3EA4882_8232_4DC9_A9BA_AA337D0320C0.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/18/514908/s1200_B4676D54_F9DB_4F65_95C4_014CD6249420.jpg[/img]
This beast would rattle and shake windows throughout the Antelope Valley when she took off



Bad Ass Aircraft for sure Ed.
While it seemed like a good idea, it never really was profitable and that one horrendous crash was the final nail in the coffin.....Sad
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This was such a gorgeous aircraft.
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Missed this thread the first time around. My Dad worked on the X15, Gemini and Apollo projects. Here’s one of his signed pictures we have hanging in the hallway. You’ve probably heard of the second guy from the right 😎

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X-15 Crash site monument near Randsberg


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Awesome thread. Wife and I visited Pima Air/Space Museum last October. So many cool birds. [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/03/05/481602/s1200_IMG_7482.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/03/05/481603/s1200_IMG_7357.jpg[/img]
Awesome thread.

Wife and I visited Pima Air/Space Museum last October.

So many cool birds.





My wifes uncle "Handsome" Jack Kelley flew Corsairs. He was a classic crusty old guy that used to cruise around Corona Del Mar smoking a pipe on his moped well into his 80's. He had shitoads of stories. One of them he told us was that the Corsairs could pull up out of a dive faster than any other plane (of the time) So when it got hairy and they had to scram they would fly straight towards the ground and then pull up at the last second. "You were called a pussy if you didn't come back with grass stains and mud on the bottom of the plane", We called it "Shit and Get" Blink He had that old school cool gentlemanly way about him, but he also had that kind of crazy in his eyes, you could tell he didn't bullshit and in his day he was fucking gnarly.
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We did a "Tiger cruise" when our daughter was in the Navy. "Air show" day was beyond epic



Coming back into San Diego

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I've seen this NASA B-57 flying around a couple of times recently. They have a very unique sound. Had no idea we had one still in service


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sumdood wrote:
X-15 Crash site monument near Randsberg [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/21/515420/s1200_X_15_CRASH_SITE_2.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/21/515421/s1200_X_15_CRASH_SITE_1.jpg[/img]
X-15 Crash site monument near Randsberg


My buddy Rob (BLM employee) is the one that put that informational board together. I helped him with setting it up and putting it in the ground. I thought he did an awesome job getting all the info and putting it all together.
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These were in town a while back, you could pay to go for a ride in them, but I'm too cheap..











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sumdood wrote:
X-15 Crash site monument near Randsberg [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/21/515420/s1200_X_15_CRASH_SITE_2.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/21/515421/s1200_X_15_CRASH_SITE_1.jpg[/img]
X-15 Crash site monument near Randsberg


Wildeye511 wrote:
My buddy Rob (BLM employee) is the one that put that informational board together. I helped him with setting it up and putting it in the...
My buddy Rob (BLM employee) is the one that put that informational board together. I helped him with setting it up and putting it in the ground. I thought he did an awesome job getting all the info and putting it all together.
Agreed, you guys did a great job !
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Amazing stuff, so innovative to hide the Skunk Works Factory and create a fake suburb. :) [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/15/514458/s1200_Screenshot_20211015_192646_Facebook.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/15/514459/s1200_FB_IMG_1634351178566.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/15/514460/s1200_FB_IMG_1634351074519.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/15/514461/s1200_FB_IMG_1634351150761.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/15/514462/s1200_FB_IMG_1634351533790.jpg[/img]
Amazing stuff, so innovative to hide the Skunk Works Factory and create a fake suburb. Smile







This is unreal. So the facilities were all underground under the “fake” houses. Just think how far ahead the tech was way back then and how long them planes were developed before the public knew about them. Just think what kinda technology is going on today and what is out there flying around that no one knows about. Really neat stuff.

Know this is off subject but I remember seeing a photo of a sub going under ground in the china sea i believe. So they must have some kinda sub “world” under ground there as well.
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G-man wrote:
Amazing stuff, so innovative to hide the Skunk Works Factory and create a fake suburb. :) [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/15/514458/s1200_Screenshot_20211015_192646_Facebook.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/15/514459/s1200_FB_IMG_1634351178566.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/15/514460/s1200_FB_IMG_1634351074519.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/15/514461/s1200_FB_IMG_1634351150761.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/15/514462/s1200_FB_IMG_1634351533790.jpg[/img]
Amazing stuff, so innovative to hide the Skunk Works Factory and create a fake suburb. Smile







Money wrote:
This is unreal. So the facilities were all underground under the “fake” houses. Just think how far ahead the tech was way back then and how...
This is unreal. So the facilities were all underground under the “fake” houses. Just think how far ahead the tech was way back then and how long them planes were developed before the public knew about them. Just think what kinda technology is going on today and what is out there flying around that no one knows about. Really neat stuff.

Know this is off subject but I remember seeing a photo of a sub going under ground in the china sea i believe. So they must have some kinda sub “world” under ground there as well.
The Burbank facility actually had the false city built over the above ground buildings. The one picture shows all of the people and hanger under the tarps. I’m guessing that the nearby movie studios helped out there ??
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Dad's old ride... FNJ FURY.



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sumdood wrote:
X-15 Crash site monument near Randsberg [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/21/515420/s1200_X_15_CRASH_SITE_2.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2021/10/21/515421/s1200_X_15_CRASH_SITE_1.jpg[/img]
X-15 Crash site monument near Randsberg


Wildeye511 wrote:
My buddy Rob (BLM employee) is the one that put that informational board together. I helped him with setting it up and putting it in the...
My buddy Rob (BLM employee) is the one that put that informational board together. I helped him with setting it up and putting it in the ground. I thought he did an awesome job getting all the info and putting it all together.
sumdood wrote:
Agreed, you guys did a great job !
Thank you, I will let him know. He did 99% of the work, I just helped with digging the holes and standing it up.
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Know this is a bit off topic but something else i find very interesting is the Submarine’s that are out there today.

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