Tour of the SR-71

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badlandskid : The titanium came from Russia! Haha the irony.

Chris DIYer : We did some really "big" things in the 1960's.

sk8punk318 : God damn that machine is insane. That ex-pilot has titanium balls.

Nicholas Todd : "We called it the Sound of Freedom" that's too damn badass

bird271828 : This is the most beautiful aircraft I have ever seen. It was designed about 50 years ago. Yet, when you look at it today, it still looks futuristic.

avatangg5801 : "The sound of freedom" that is the most american way to describe a sonic boom

thebarnabator69 : i didnt think id watch this whole video, but i was hooked instantly. that guy is super knowledgeable

Dan Allnatt : This and Concorde are still the most beautiful aircraft ever made!

Velo1010 : Incredible! And to think these planes were designed and built without Google, Cloud Servers, Intel, or other silicon tech giants. This was when man didn't need an artificial machine to design an engineering marvel.

s0nnyburnett : 50 years from now there will be no stories like this to tell. "Yeah I flew drones, from my trailer in CA. One time I spilled my soda and had to get a napkin to clean it up."

Garrett Mancuso : Interesting fact that they didn't mention: Due to the expansion gaps in the panels the SR-71 leaked fuel all over the tarmac. The fuel itself is a really interesting blend and required triethylborane as a catalyst to ignite it.

Victor Moreno : This is the coolest grandpa that someone can ever have.

Google Name : You have to wonder what happened. We were advancing. Advancing. Advancing. Now nothing. The only thing that changes are cell phones. No cures. No more concord. Cars still get 30mpg if lucky. Something is going on. We are being held back on purpose.

Law19157 : Sonic Boom - "We called it the sound of Freedom" - lol! Love it

Mike Hershey : You can physically touch one if you go to the AF Museum in Ohio. Walk under and around

superfast30 : There will never be a plane as badass as this ever again. I am referring to how it was conceived, the era it was conceived in the sheer stories behind it!

lesmoor kelly : this guy has the right stuff old skool style

mrmonte51jm : This Aircraft...STILL...holds the worlds' FASTEST AIRCRAFT SPEED Record !! My dad was Air Traffic Controller in the Air Force and when one landed and was due for take off, he would call the house and my brother and I would race out to watch it take off !! Clearance for T.O. os from E.O.R. to Altitude, straight up full A.B. with HUGE FLAMES !! My God she was Beautiful !! She no longer flies tho !! However...she DOES have a replacement that the Air Force has yet to talk about !!

Ristau : This is no ordinary old man.

MrSkyl1ne : With this amazing piece of tech being 50 years old i'm wondering every day what crazy new technology we are currently missing out on because it's being kept classified.

gojewla : This guy is super knowledgeable! I would have expected him to perhaps know a little less specific information about the plane and more about just flying it. What an interesting video.

Dave Smith : Great SR-71 video and pilot giving his personal experience flying it.

outdoorlife25 : Outstanding and very enlightening. My only complaint is that I wish the interview was longer.

sean shapuron : where is the decepticons' sign?

oceantrolls73 : God only created one Kelly Johnson.

Alonzo Mosely : That museum is fantastic. If you go there, visit during the middle of the week. No crowds.

Olivia Lambert : Jesus christ. No wonder nobody else tried to make an aircraft like it. An invulnerable aircraft is perhaps the greatest military aircraft ever made, but the maintenance, safety, and cost makes this one of the most impractical aircraft ever used by the military. In the end it was one of the most successful aircraft ever designed but I can't see another aircraft like it ever being created outside of another multi-decade war like The Cold War. Also props to the pilots, it must have taken immense skill and to risk one's life in an aircraft that dangerous, well we owe them a great deal and I'm sure without their risks things would have been significantly worse for all of NATO.

jakemj03 : Excellent! I could listen to him talk all day about the SR-71

Earth Station Alpha : The SR-71 is what got me interested in aviation and aerospace. My dad bought me a plastic model of it many years ago... The Blackbird is a sexy jet.

gmctech : Amazing. Simply amazing. The SR-71 has always been and always will be my most favorite airframe ever produced... you yanks sure know how to build planes.... from the UH-1, to the 747 to the U2 to the SR-71... American aviation ingenuity is quite an epic thing to behold... I'm sure glad you're on our side!

Big Ted Outdoors : We called it the sound of freedom. 🙄

Manny32V : American legends both the pilot and plane.

Doyle Borchers : Amazing machine. I flew radar test missions using an SR-71 as a target as one of the Navy test pilots on the F-14 program. Eyewatering performance!!!

Slikx666 : Probably the sexiest plane ever made. Full respect to all that flew in them.

Controlledburst : Kelly Johnson cheated. He went into the future, collected data and returned to the past to make his airplanes.

J Tanner : What a HERO! I loved every second of this video.

Hot80s : Blackbird singing in the dead of night.

Sidney Mathious : While stationed overseas during the Vietnam War we had both the SR-71 and the U-2 stationed at our base and they flew missions on a daily basis doing recon to areas the attack aircraft would go through. I didn't know the details on flying this aircraft, but knew that we never lost any that I knew of, and they looked great on takeoff and landing.

YourAverageGamer : so much respect for this guy

GeneSun : And just think. This airplane was designed without computers and pretty much came from the brains of Kelly Johnson and his team. I wonder what Kelly Johnson and Werhner Von Braun could do today? And I think braun was a coward and traitor to both germany and the USA but I can't deny his brilliance.

Krunoslav Šokić : ...I bet buying titanium from Russians is one interesting story...:D

Иіск Рагіllб 1⃣ : this guy knows so much... he must be on the R.E.D. list... (retired and extremely dangerous) lol great video

BigRalphSmith : Kelly Johnson was a genius.

paul white : USA back in the 60s was still impressive

Robert Salser : This guy is great, What a good speaker, he knows what he's talking about and can convey this very well, I was fortunate to see these fly in person while stationed at Barksdale AFB between 1973 through 1976, they always brought these in for the yearly open house air show. The first one I ever saw scared me to death, I was on the far side of the runway at the weather site when it came down the runway what looked like a couple hundred feet off the runway, I thought a missile had come in, made one step and looked from behind the building I was at, by that time it looked like it was five miles away in a left turn. I learned a lot from this video that I didn't know about.

Doug Bayer : In 2013 I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Carpenter & having him as our tour guide at the Air & Space Museum. He spent over a hour of a 2 hour tour on this plane The knowledge along with a portfolio of pictures that he carried with him made you live the history. .The group couldn't remember anything else about the day .Everyone wanted to keep going back to " Buz's Plane" Thank you Buz Carpenter. .

ricky v : One of the greatest planes ever built by the good ol'e of USA. This video helped me learn more about the plane then I already knew.

John S : The Skunkworks and the pilots that flew their birds are simply the most amazing and brilliant minds to ever exist in this awesome USA!

mathew mann : It makes you wonder what classified aircraft the Air force has today

NewShockerGuy : This is 25 minutes from my house. The whole museum is awesome to see. They have the freaking space ship there as well... It's so awesome! Both of these alone are worth it just to see in person. Truly epic!