This is how amazing (and deadly) the Mach 6 SR-72 'Son of Blackbird' could be
August 2018 - by Harold C. Hutchison, Warrior Maven for BusinessInsider.com
- The SR-72 is leveraging technology from the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 to help it fly at speeds exceeding Mach 6.
- The SR-72 will also have a strike mission, and reported plans call for a "Flight Research Vehicle" to be constructed in the early 2020s.
- As for the lucky pilots who get to fly this plane, they will not need the very bulky suits that Blackbird pilots wear, because the initial plans call for the SR-72 to be a drone.
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is rightly viewed as a legend. Best known as a recon plane that nobody could hit, it even was considered as the basis for a fighter and was the second-fastest manned plane in history.
It served with the United States military from 1964-1998, and with NASA until 1999. The SR-71 had been developed from the A-12 OXCART (no relation to the A-12 Avenger), a single-seat plane capable of making high-speed recon runs as well.
It was thought satellites and drones could replace the SR-71. The problem was that...