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[ x_plane ]

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Subject: SR-75 Penetrator?
Post ID# 2308
Message Number 1
Last Updated: 04 September 2009, 4:14:00 PM
Date Posted: 04 September 2009, 2:54:19 PM

Somewhere I heard that at Area 51 they are testing a super secret replacement for the SR-71 Blackbird: the SR-75 Penetrator. I also Googled it and found a couple of pics of it. Does anyone know when/if it will be released?



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Subject: SR-75 Penetrator?
Post ID# 2310
Message Number 2
Date Posted: 05 September 2009, 4:43:07 PM

The drawings and models look like an SR-71 / XB-70 hybrid of some sort. I wouldn't get too excited about it though ... satellites make much more realistic high-speed / high-altitude spy craft than the Blackbird. The operating and maintenance costs of it were far too high to be sustainable, especially when you can just send out a UAV, the Dragon Lady or use a satellite.

A bomber version of that aircraft might be more useful.
~JetWhiz jester

Saturday, September 05, 2009 -- 4:43:07 PM PDT



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Subject: SR-75 Penetrator?
Post ID# 2322
Message Number 3
Date Posted: 27 September 2009, 9:23:03 AM

It's all just a bunch of hype from people who want to see new and faster aircraft. In this economy, such things disappear if they existed to begin with. As soon as the cold war ended, stuff like that stopped. Which is why the F-22 has been under such scrutiny and is now not being produced beyond it's current number of 187 (186 if you count the one that crashed).

Basically, like jetwhiz said, there is no purpose for such an aircraft when we have satellites that are more cost effective, and more capable.


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