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Wed Nov 25, 2020, 05:01 PM

The day the Swedish Air Force Saab 37 Viggen saved the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Today was just two pilots routine, regular mission to fly their SR-71 aircraft at high altitudes while gathering imagery on key Russian bases — such as the Soviet Navy’s Northern Fleet on the Kola Peninsula.
The Blackbird flown by Lt. Cols. Duane Noll and Tom Veltri is a day they will not forget.
The events of that day we're only declassified in 2018, this is the story of how Swedens Air force Saab 37 Viggen fighter jet pilots saved an SR-71 and its stricken crew.

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Reply The day the Swedish Air Force Saab 37 Viggen saved the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (Original post)
ItsjustMe Nov 25 OP
dware Nov 25 #1
marybourg Nov 25 #2
Celerity Nov 25 #3
DemoTex Nov 25 #4
electric_blue68 Nov 25 #5
dware Nov 25 #6
EX500rider Nov 25 #7
dware Nov 25 #8
EX500rider Nov 25 #9
electric_blue68 Nov 25 #12
ItsjustMe Nov 25 #10
electric_blue68 Nov 25 #13
Hermit-The-Prog Nov 25 #11
electric_blue68 Nov 25 #15
electric_blue68 Nov 25 #14
Liberal In Texas Nov 25 #16
littlemissmartypants Nov 28 #17

Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 05:13 PM

1. Wow!!!!

Fascinating story.
You don't really want to mess with the Swedish Air Force, they jealously guard their air space and they're top notch pilots.

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Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 05:25 PM

2. After Blackbird was declassified, late DH

and I were at a get together in our retirement community with 5 or 6 couples one night. The men, all retired at that point and from different parts of the country started talking about what they used to do. Turned out 4! 4! of the men had all worked on some part of Blackbird! I think it must have been keeping the economy afloat single-handed!

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Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 05:27 PM

3. thank you so much for posting this, great story!

there are rumours for decades here that long ago the Swedish Air force shot down a UFO


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Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 05:29 PM

4. Great story!

Thanks for posting.

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Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 05:35 PM

5. bookmarked! The SR-71 is such a gorgeously

designed plane!

Saw a photo about ? 52 years ago and in person back around 2002 on the Intrepid Aircraft Museum - they had one on the runway among many other amazing aircraft! 👍

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Response to electric_blue68 (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 05:48 PM

6. It still holds all kinds of world records.

Another beautiful plane is this:



Rockwell B-1B Lancer.

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Response to dware (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 05:50 PM

7. Yeah it looks so good in black

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Response to EX500rider (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 05:55 PM

8. Notice how similar the Russian Tupolev Tu-160

Blackjack bomber looks to the B-1B?



Think they copied the basic design of the Lancer?

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Response to dware (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 06:04 PM

9. I'd say no doubt they did. nt

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Response to dware (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 08:00 PM

12. Very nice!

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Response to electric_blue68 (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 06:13 PM

10. Castle Air Museum Has A SR-71

I was at Castle over 20 years ago, I was surprised by the size of the engines/exhaust, they look smaller on photos.

https://www.castleairmuseum.org/


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Response to ItsjustMe (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 08:06 PM

13. Great little vid! I see what you mean...

I was paying more attention to the nose, the delta wings , and the front of the jet engine with that badass black cone and the red ring at it's base! 😁


BTW did you see under the front of the fuselage by the pilots area the small clear semi-circular "bubble" for the Spy Camera. 👍

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Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 07:54 PM

11. Everybody needs a friend sometime. trumPutin does not understand that.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #11)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 08:20 PM

15. So very true, sometimes the most arrogant forget this.

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Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 08:17 PM

14. Thank you Swedish AF! What a story.

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Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 10:33 PM

16. It was a shame when they cancelled the program.

But budgets and politics rule. Now Trump has ended the Clear Skies program and his having the aircraft destroyed. Might be handy right now to have a few of them still around and airworthy.

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Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 08:21 PM

17. Wouldn't it be nice to have a aviation enthusiasts group?

I wonder what EarlG would say about it? I nominate you for group host.

❤ lmsp

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