Source: Aviation Week
quote: Right, but only to missiles in the 70ies.Modern missiles can down this plane easily.
quote: Another use of RAM jets at high alttitudes is it lets aircraft fly at speeds as slow as 5 knots for extremely long periods of time.
quote: The big questions is: is this cost-effective? That was the SR-71's downfall. It required unique fuel, and special tankers to carry that unique fuel stationed around the world ready to go at a moment's notice. *VERY* expensive to maintain. The aircraft itself wasn't too expensive, just the infrastructure. (Plus SR-71s were never upgraded with real-time electronic downlink, they still had to land and develop film, even at the end of their life in the '90s.)
quote: A basic principle for low insurance rates is to get a lot of members. Obamacare does just this. Spreading the risk reduces rates for everybody because healthy people pay for sick people. Even if you are healthy, you want insurance....
quote: I mean seriously, if I broke my arm, or did something stupid then I could work something out with the hospital or my doctor which would cut me a deal I could afford, but not leave my doctor up a creek. But now that option is being taken away from me.
quote: Health insurance is not for a broken arm
quote: Contrary to populist ignorant beliefs on the Web, America had the greatest healthcare system ever designed, a model for the entire world. Until the Government became increasingly involved.</quite>Yes, more money for worse outcomes is obviously the best. There is NO measure by which the US system is good, let alone the best.And I note again: Its only conservatives who talk about "free" healthcare. Its paid for via taxation; that's the point.
quote: Funny, I won't pay a dime more in taxes due to Obamacare, neither will the other 80% of Americans who have employer-provided insurance.
quote: ...after all it is the military that determines what they need.
quote: Well then I don't see your problem. Either you're for military spending or you're not, after all it is the military that determines what they need.
quote: If it's armed it really is the "successor" to the YF-12, the original SR-71.
quote: s for the numbers, part of the reason it was named SR-71 and not U-3 (after it's predecessor U-2) is it was envisioned to carry some armament (SR= strike/recon) and program wise it was coming in after the B-70.
quote: What's it cost?
quote: Is this a drone or is it an aircraft that carries a crew? What's it cost? What are the intended mission profiles, why isn't satelitte recon preferred?