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Lockheed YF-12

149k SledDriver  4 days ago
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When the Blackbird made its last flight in 1990, I called Nancy and asked her if she thought we could take Kelly out to the plant for the flyby we had scheduled. We both agreed that we didn’t want any of his old friends to see him in his condition, but rather to remember him the way he was when they last saw him. So we put him into a limo that had dark windows, making the passengers invisible from the outside, and drove him to the Skunk Works. Kelly was not alert that day, and I really was not sure he understood what that ride from the hospital was about.

All the employees from the Skunk Works were standing outside waiting for the overflight. Kelly sat in the car. We had put out the word that he was not feeling well and would not be able to greet anybody. Everyone respected that and they cheered the car’s arrival. Around the time the SR-71 came roaring in over the rooftops and cracked out two massive sonic booms in salute, Nancy had stirred him awake and partially lowered the car window. The booms were as loud as thunderclaps. Kelly looked up, startled. “Kelly, do you know what that was?” I asked. “The pilot was saluting you. We all are saluting you.” He didn’t reply to my question and seemed to be nodding off. But when I looked at Kelly again he had tears in his eyes.

  • from Skunk Works, by Ben Rich

Controls

  • Custom camera 1: cockpit view
  • All flight controls are normal
  • AG1: Afterburner
  • AG2: Enable VTOL system
  • AG2 + VTOL up: ascend
  • AG2 + VTOL up: descend

AG2 should be enabled only for vertical takeoffs and landings, and kept off during flight.

General Characteristics

  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 89.4ft (27.3m)
  • Length 164.0ft (50.0m)
  • Height 24.8ft (7.6m)
  • Empty Weight -4,734,385lbs (-2,147,483kg)
  • Loaded Weight 100,525lbs (45,597kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 5.164
  • Wing Loading 10.3lbs/ft2 (50.4kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 9,730.6ft2 (904.0m2)
  • Drag Points 40451

Parts

  • Number of Parts 740
  • Control Surfaces 2
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    149k SledDriver

    Thanks, @Ariathe. I'm quite pleased with how this version turned out.

    19 hours ago
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    7,253 Ariathe

    So sleek!

    23 hours ago
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    @SledDriver thx

    yesterday
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    149k SledDriver

    @Rawhide Hi, it's over here, though it's not exactly active.

    yesterday
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    3,615 Rawhide

    Hey SledDriver, what is your youtube channel called? I remember you having one.

    yesterday
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    8 Looney

    @SledDriver Haha, yeah. Most likely.

    +1 3 days ago
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    149k SledDriver

    @Looney Careful, someone's going to accuse you of being an alt account of mine... :)

    3 days ago
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    8 Looney

    @SledDriver I 100% agree.. It's sad honestly. Such amazing innovation being cast aside for the old manual labor, all because it's "too easy", instead of the outcome it produces.

    +1 3 days ago
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    149k SledDriver

    @Looney I couldn't agree more. But in this community, the only kind of effort that counts is the mindless, repetitive, manual labour of sticking parts together one by one, adjusting the sizes, offsets, and angles for each one by hand, uploading your work as an unlisted build to get the orthographic views, comparing the orthographic view against blueprints, making adjustments, then repeating the process until you've got a crude replica. I kid you not -- doing this will get you oohs and aahs and an absolute avalanche of upvotes. The longer you can claim it took you to build, the more admiration and upvotes you'll get. Claiming that you were sick while building it will probably propel your build to land among the highest-rated builds of all time. Presumably, if you built it while sitting on a bed of nails with a wolf gnawing on your leg, it would be even more admirable.

    However, if you dare to use your brain to invent a better way of building... be prepared to be cast out and chained to a rock like Prometheus.

    +1 3 days ago
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    8 Looney

    @SledDriver That's stupid. It's harder to make your own program than to slap parts together.

    +2 3 days ago
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    149k SledDriver

    @Looney That's exactly what I'm doing. However, if you stick around long enough, you'll find that the majority of this community considers using scripts (or your brain, in any other way, for that matter) "cheating".

    3 days ago
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    8 Looney

    @SledDriver That sucks. This could be used as a new way to 3d model easier and better.

    3 days ago
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    149k SledDriver

    @Looney Thanks, but I've decided it's much too valuable to release for free. I'd like to leverage it in a game of my own, or license it to a game developer.

    3 days ago
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    8 Looney

    @SledDriver That's awesome. Am I able to use this script? I'm very interested.

    3 days ago
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    149k SledDriver

    @Looney I write scripts to help me generate the shapes.

    3 days ago
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    8 Looney

    @SledDriver How did you somehow make it this smooth?

    3 days ago
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    149k SledDriver

    @WarHawk95 I did, it was up for nearly four months. Nobody used it. See my last comment on that post, it'll explain a few things.

    3 days ago
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    149k SledDriver

    @Looney what do you mean? :)

    3 days ago
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    5,479 WarHawk95

    @SledDriver Can you please share it with us ?
    I'm talking about the Smooth Shape generator

    3 days ago
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    8 Looney

    How is this possible?

    3 days ago
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    there should have also been a gun @SledDriver

    4 days ago
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    149k SledDriver

    @AWESOMENESS360 Yeah. If you look carefully, the nose is round in cross-section, unlike the stealthy shape of the SR-71/A-12 noses -- that's so it can hold the radar, being an interceptor. The chines are cut off so they don't interfere with the radar. Also unlike the blackbird, the chines were all-metal, so they could be strong enough to carry missiles. The Blackbird/A-12's chines were made of alternating triangular wedges of lexan (a heat-resistant plastic) and titanium.

    Here's a video of a YF-12 flight and missile launch.

    +1 4 days ago
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    @SledDriver oh wow, I didn't even know that was a real aircraft!

    4 days ago
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    149k SledDriver

    Thanks, @AWESOMENESS360. It's actually the YF-12, which was a more badass version of the SR-71 (it was a missile-armed interceptor).

    4 days ago
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    This looks beautiful, kinda like a 'futuristic' SR-71, I like it!

    4 days ago
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