US SR-72 Darkstar – The Top Gun: Maverick ‘Mach 10’ Plane Is ‘Real’
Devotion's Ending Revives a True American War Tragedy
The highly-emotional ending of Devotion is a stark reminder that a major tragedy in the American war circuit has never been fully solved.As Devotion soars into theaters, many fans could easily draw parallels to Top Gun: Maverick. It focuses on Jonathan Majors' Jesse Brown as a pioneer and rule breaker in the '50s, fighting for the Navy in the Korean War. However, this isn't an idealistic or fictional story -- it's a dramatic, moving biopic regarding Jesse breaking racial barriers back in the day and how Tom Hudner (Glen Powell) worked with him on key missions.
More than 100,000 people at an air show in California were able to see the new mockup of the SR-72 Darkstar spy plane, which was featured in the blockbuster movie (it hit Mach 10 in the movie). The Hollywood version of the Darkstar sat beside the in October at the at , California. The SR-72 is known as the “Son of Blackbird,” so this was a generational public relations moment for the Darkstar program and . Doubling down on speed The SR-71 in its heyday was an ultra fast, high-flying machine, but the stealthy SR-72 might eventually reach speeds of , nearly twice the velocity of the SR-71. The Darkstar will be unmanned and capable of gathering the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data expected from a spy plane, but it might also have .
Mix that with hypersonic flight, and you have a noteworthy craft for the U.S. Air Force.
SR-71 Blackbird vs. Top Gun’s SR-72 Darkstar: A Supersonic Showdown
What Is Different: SR-71 Blackbird vs. SR-72 Darkstar – Normally at a major air show, it is the planes in the sky that draw all the attention. However, back in October at the Aerospace Valley Open House, Air Show & STEM Expo at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), California, there was a ground display that truly […]SR-71 Blackbird, Udvar-Hazy Center | National Air and Space Museum. October 1, 2022. 19FortyFive Original Image.
Lockheed has developed a combined cycle dual-mode engine that has ramjet features. Dual mode means that a turbine engine cycle provides thrust from takeoff to Mach-3, at which point the ramjet takes over to reach Mach-6. The idea is to outrun enemy warplanes and air defenses.
Engineers from Skunk Works designed the version of the Darkstar that appeared in the film. While that was a fictional prop, rumor has it the in getting a glimpse of the mockup before the movie was even released, because it seemed so real.Skunk Works has been working on the SR-72 since 2013 and tested its engines in 2017. It may reach initial operational capability by 2030, with full service in the Air Force following a few years later. The unmanned bird is likely to be and could see service as a hypersonic bomber while flying out ahead of the and the .
High Hopes and Hollywood Dreams for the Darkstar
Garcia, MACH 1 Caucus meet with Israeli Air Force pilots on Capitol Hill
News release Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, and members of the MACH 1 Caucus met last week with 12 pilots from the Israeli Air Force as a part of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America’s Military Leadership Education Program. Each year, the program brings together active-duty service members across the five different […]Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, and members of the MACH 1 Caucus met last week with 12 pilots from the Israeli Air Force as a part of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America’s Military Leadership Education Program.
Hypersonic weapon technology should be mature by the time the Son of Blackbird is ready to fly regularly. It will need to be, because, traveling at Mach-6, the Darkstar will need to launch hypersonic weapons. There are additional challenges: Performing turns and opening bomb bay doors will be difficult and will require a significant amount of ingenuity from designers and engineers. The shape of the airplane will be interesting. concept art for the SR-72 as having “underslung twin air intakes, slim low-mounted delta wing assemblies, and a single vertical tail fin.” The SR-72 will not have a cockpit, and all avionics and controls will be inside the fuselage. The SR-71 could reach 85,000 feet, and the Son of Blackbird could fly even higher – perhaps even reaching . While the Hollywood buzz is exciting for the SR-72 program, the Son of Blackbird still needs a lot of work, and a lot of funds. The hype could run into delays and cost overruns any year.
The speed and altitude goals are ambitious, and the unmanned features will have to be integrated with manned airplanes.
State judge places hold on Oregon's gun law, state to appeal
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A ruling by a state court judge placed Oregon’s tough new gun law on hold late Tuesday, just hours after a federal court judge allowed the ban on the sale and transfer of high-capacity magazines to take effect this week. The ruling by Harney County Judge Robert Raschio threw the implementation of Measure 114 into limbo and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a Twitter thread that her office will seek emergency action by the Oregon Supreme Court.
But the public interest in the Darkstar could translate into Congressional and Pentagon support for its development. A hit movie may influence reality. Expert Biography: Serving as 1945’s Defense and National Security Editor, Dr. is the author of . He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter . He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Foreign Policy/ International Relations.
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The government's assault on law-abiding gun owners continues .
Once again, law-abiding gun owners find themselves under assault by both federal officials and many state governments. President Joe Biden, who has touted gun control policies since taking office, made the following remarks during the Thanksgiving weekend: “The idea that we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. It’s just sick. It has no social[ly] redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single, solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers. I am going to try to get rid of assault weapons.