I’m giddy about this. The SR-71 has always been my favorite aircraft. To see plans for a replacement after such a long retirement is really exciting. A couple things here stood out to me.
“The high-speed turbine engine was the one technical issue remaining. Frankly, they just weren’t ready,” recalls Leland. This left the Skunk Work designers with a familiar problem: how to bridge the gap between the Mach 2.5 maximum speed of current-production turbine engines and the Mach 3-3.5 takeover speed of the ramjet/scramjet. “We call it the thrust chasm around Mach 3,” he adds.
The engineers at Skunk Works have apparently bridged this “thrust chasm.” That is a massive engineering feat.
The FRV [flight research vehicle] would start in 2018 and fly in 2023. “We would be ready to launch the SR-72 shortly after and could be in service by 2030,” Leland says.
These timelines are huge. I can’t imagine that there’s a lot of companies with products under development that they are planning to release in 17 years at the soonest.
I can’t wait for this.
I’ve always been good at math and more importantly, I enjoy it. I’ve come to realize that it was never from some innate talent that others didn’t posses. My love of it stemmed from some environmental factor in my early life. That love in turn drove my hard work in the subject, developing the skill.
This article gives a great summary of the social impacts of these ideas.
Put This On Season 2, Episode 6: Consolidation
Gucci Gucci Louis Louis Fendi Fendi Prada… what happens when a hundred artisans’ shops become a few global megacompanies? We went to Milan, Italy, to talk to small-scale makers who work in the shadow of fashion conglomerates like Prada. It’s one of our most ambitious episodes and the grand finale of our season.
Take Antonio Pio Mele, a cobbler who makes shoes by hand in a small shop in central Milan. He’s grateful that huge brands occasionally hire him to make samples, but he’s angry they rarely pay him on time and that their “bespoke” operations are rarely genuinely bespoke. Scholar Alex Pietrogiacomi provides some philosophical context, and photographer Simone Falcetta explains how consolidation has changed the fashion world.
We also talk to Milanese dandy Pino Pipoli, Dave Hill offers a rudiment about black suits, and the beautiful Valentina Galbiati gives us a guided tour of Milan’s most influential and beautiful boutique, 10 Corso Como.—-
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Executive Producers: Jesse Thorn & Adam Lisagor
Director: Benjamin Ahr Harrison
Host / Writer / Producer: Jesse Thorn
Rudiments: Dave Hill
Producer: Gianluca Migliarotti
Director of Photography: Daniele Vascelli
Sound: Daniele Belli
Editor: Todd Thoenig and Benjamin Ahr Harrison
Subtitle Translation: Giovanni D’Amico
After a long anticipated wait, the final episode of Put This On has aired. What a great series. I’m proud to have supported the making of a uniquely beautiful and fascinating production like this. Great work, Jesse and team!
My 17 year old cat just caught a bird.
My grandpa just died today. Most of my family and I were with him in his nursing home room. It was very weird watching someone die, but I’m glad I was there.
He was always a big collector and builder of models. Especially cars. I really loved seeing these two little model helicopters perched atop his television today. That’s my grandpa.