Re: [NTLK] [OT] up in the sky

From: Mark Bock (
Date: Mon Jun 24 2002 - 09:24:58 EDT

>on 6/24/02 8:52 AM, Mark Bock at wrote:
>> When I was a kid I saw the YF-12A at the Wright-Patterson Air Force
>> Museum in Dayton, Ohio. And I've seen the A-12 on the Intrepid from a
>> distance (didn't have time to go up close). And I know the National
>> Air and Space Museum in DC has an SR-71, but I'm not sure where
>> they're keeping it. It might be in their restoration facility in
>> Maryland.
>I believe it's at the Dulles facility, which is due to open up in a few
>years or so.

I know it landed at Dulles when it was decommissioned and flown out
from Beale, and was on display there for a while. Didn't realise it
was still there. I'll have to look for it next time I'm at Dulles.

>> I'm just glad that there are a few still flying. There are some
>> aircraft that should never become completely extinct; the SR-71 is
>> one of them. (The B-29 is another -- currently only one in the world
>> in flying condition, but apparently soon to be joined by a second.)
>At the risk of propelling this off-topic discussion further... It would be
>great to see a B-36 flying.

God, yes!

I saw the world's only B-29 in flight a couple years ago when it was
flying into Burlington International Airport to be on display for a
week. I was walking to lunch downtown when I heard this deep rumbling
overhead -- there's nothing like the sound of those four huge radial
engines. I looked up and my jaw hit the ground. Never in my life did
I think I'd see a B-29 banking overhead (followed by a B-24, no
less!). Damn, those are impressive planes.


. . . . .
mark bock

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