Harbor patrol unit team members get back into the flow of things after florence.
u.s. navy aviation boatswain’s mate 1st class joan r. abreu, left, harbor patrol unit and u.s. navy machinist mate 3rd class william wilkes, harbor patrol unit, go on a patrol sept. 17, 2018, to check for damage to the docks on the waterfront at joint base charleston, s.c. the unit is assessing and fixing damage from hurricane florence. (photo by airman 1st class helena owens)
the blackbird is a long range mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed by lockheed’s skunk works division. it was the first airplane to use a reduced cross-section. no blackbird was ever shot down by enemy fire due to its fascinating evasive maneuver: accelerating. by the time a sam (surface to air missile) site could lock on, the sr-71 was usually already out of range. if the sam was able to lock on and launch, it would spend all of its fuel getting to blackbird’s altitude, and wouldn’t be able to reach its speed. most of the airframe was made with titanium to withstand the high temperatures, and the windshield was actually made of quartz instead of glass. the skin was also loosely assembled to enable it to expand in-flight. the extremely powerful j58 turbojet engines were most efficient at faster speeds, and the pike nose in the middle moved in up to 28 inches when over mach 3.2. the blackbird entered service in 1966 an was retired in 1998.
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Some people go through life contributing nothing to the greater good of this country...living off their parents, never risking anything, being comfortable just going through the motions...never doing anything unless it benifits them...i feel sorry for these people...never getting to know how great it is to do or achieve something greater than yourself...something that amounts to more than drones and stickers.. 😎 #usaf#bluebloods#veterans#travisafb