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Douglas's SR-71 Rival
« on: February 19, 2021, 12:34:28 am »
Starting this for a Scaloramaa GB over on BTS. The story so far:
We all know that Lockheed's Skunk Works successfully built the A-12/SR-71 for use by the CIA and USAF. What is little known is that the Douglas Aircraft Company also built and tested a rival aircraft which to this day remains shrouded in secrecy....
Starting point the old Lindberg 1/48 X-3 Stiletto. It may have longer wings.... ;)
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Re: Douglas's SR-71 Rival
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2021, 12:41:39 am »

 It may have longer wings.... ;)


WHAT?  :o

That's a bit radical, isn't it?
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

...and I'm not a closeted 'Take That' fan, I'm a REAL fan! :)

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Re: Douglas's SR-71 Rival
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2021, 02:14:30 am »
Has a life outside of What-If & wishes it would stop interfering!

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Re: Douglas's SR-71 Rival
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2021, 02:47:23 am »
That will never catch on. :-X
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Re: Douglas's SR-71 Rival
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2021, 12:49:39 pm »
The initial mockup
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Re: Douglas's SR-71 Rival
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2021, 03:46:29 pm »
Fully on board with this. That looks SWEET and I love a good T-tail!
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Re: Douglas's SR-71 Rival
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2021, 05:57:34 pm »
I think U-2 rival is more appropriate, but I like it!
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Re: Douglas's SR-71 Rival
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2021, 08:24:48 pm »
[the word "realistic" hurts my heart...]

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Re: Douglas's SR-71 Rival
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2021, 03:48:44 am »
I think U-2 rival is more appropriate, but I like it!

I hadn't thought of that - perhaps it might fall somewhere between the U-2 and Sr-71
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Re: Douglas's SR-71 Rival
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2021, 04:04:28 am »
I think U-2 rival is more appropriate, but I like it!

I hadn't thought of that - perhaps it might fall somewhere between the U-2 and Sr-71

Poor thing is going to be one confused plane - midway between a jet glider and the world's fastest aircraft!  ;D
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Re: Douglas's SR-71 Rival
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2021, 08:22:44 pm »
Are you going to leave the long pointy nose, or shorten it into more of a typical period look?
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Re: Douglas's SR-71 Rival
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2021, 11:14:20 pm »
Whatever.

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Re: Douglas's SR-71 Rival
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2021, 01:16:33 am »
The initial mockup

Add twin booms and it's a M-55: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myasishchev_M-55

I was going to mention the M-55 (it's the high tail that does it I think) but I wan't bold enough to make the logic leap and say it!  ;D
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Re: Douglas's SR-71 Rival
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2021, 03:55:35 am »
Are you going to leave the long pointy nose, or shorten it into more of a typical period look?

Long pointy nose - got to put the weight somewhere! ;)
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Re: Douglas's SR-71 Rival
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2021, 05:35:06 am »
Trip down memory lane. Fifty plus years when I built one. Good luck with the conversion.