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

From: Pedro Hobbyfrazoo (
Date: Mon Jun 24 2002 - 10:38:44 EDT

and let's not forget the B-36, that fantastic hybrid (sort of a
stretched B-29 with 6 pusher props PLUS 4 jets) of which 3 or 4 still
exist. "six turnin' and four burnin'" - a hardy band of hobbyists got
pretty close to putting one of them back into airworthiness, but the US
government stepped in and blocked them. i'd love to see/hear/feel one
of them fly by sometime - i understand it was an earthshaking experience.

On Monday, June 24, 2002, at 05:52 AM, Mark Bock wrote:

>> I can say I'm proud to have seen two of the SR-71's and an A-12 up
>> close. I saw my first one, an A-12 up close on the Intrepid in New
>> York
>> City. The second one was at the Strategic Air Command museum (pretty
>> much the only thing to see in Nebraska) and the third was parked and
>> deteriorating rather depressingly at the Castle Air Museum in central
> 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.
> It's a shame the Plattsburgh air base across Lake Champlain from me
> has been shut down; SR-71s used to operate out of there from time to
> time, and apparently they'd occasionally accidentally go supersonic
> over Vermont and break a bunch of windows. What I wouldn't give just
> once to see an SR-71 taking off.
> 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.)
> --mark
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