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Planes!

Fascinating post by Eric Lahti on planes from the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, AZ.

Eric Lahti

Sorry, this is an image-heavy post, but it’s worth waiting for.

Pictures from the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, AZ.  We spent roughly half the day there and didn’t see everything.  If you’re ever in Tucson, make a point to the visit.  Some of these pictures are annotated with notes about the planes.  Unfortunately, a lot of my pictures didn’t turn out, but here are some of the better ones.

F107A North American F-107A.

The F-107 was a competitor aircraft for a USAF design for a tactical fighter-bomber.  The competition was ultimately won by the Republic F-105 Thundechief.

SR-71A Blackbird. SR-71A Blackbird.

What can I say?  It’s still the fastest plane ever made and holds the record for highest altitude.  The SR-71 was – and still is – an absolutely amazing airplane.

D21 D-21 Drone

One of the more obscure pieces of aviation history at the museum: the D-21 drone was a…

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