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What would happen if Lockheed had made cars? What if Kelly Johnson had designed them at the Skunk Works? See http://popularmechanics.com/science/aviation/1999/9/skunk_works/. Click that link. Awesome stuff (I read the Skunk Works book). My guess: fastest cars ever, undetectable with radar or lidar, and top secret. There would be rumors about them, and no one would know for sure if they really existed. There would be lots of stoplight stories of being "blown away" by some car with flat black paint with zero exhaust noise, no headlines or taillights (using infrared+nightvision to see at night), no badging and zero chrome . The code name for the car at Lockheed would be the Lockheed UFO...

For a retail version:

Lockheed Mustangs would only come in one color: Flat black. Dings and scratches would not be a problem: sand, fill, shoot with paint. Done. The exhaust would be 100% noise cancelling. There would be no 90 degree angles or sharp creases on the car. It would be 99% radar and lidar reflection free. It would have the smallest and dimmest running lights allowed by law. The windows would be tinted from the factory (all of them). Engine: 5.4 32-Valve, supercharged, 650HP (Well, it has to be fast to have the Lockheed name). Interior styled after interior of SR-71 or Aurora (Lots of titanium+carbon-fiber).

I can mod my black Bullitt so that I could put a Lockheed logo on the back: Upgrade to Lockheed AP brakes :smile:

If you didn't click the Skunk Works link, your missing some great history about some of the greatest airplanes ever.

WTF&LOL: This BBS software converted (vetting enabled?) c-o-c-k-p-i-t into "ricepit" (my previous post used the word without dashes). I used "interior" instead. Just tried some other "George Carlin" words, and it let motherf-er through.


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If I remember correctly my brake cylinders on my '65 coupe siad lockheed on them?? Wasn't that the same year the SR-71 was announced?
 

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Hey Nasty,

The SR-71 is one great bird, especially considering how long ago it was designed and developed. The Aurora must be totally awesome (if, of course, it really exists).

There's an A12 at the San Diego Air Museum: amazing up close (Isn't there one (A12/SR-71) at the National Air and Space Musuem in DC?).

What is NASA doing with SR-71's? I guess if you got one going fast and high enough you could pull back on the stick and put one in orbit (after stealing some thrusters off an X-15 :wink: ).
 

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I thought that I either read or heard that the USAF recalled two of the Blackbirds back from NASA to put back in active duty and worked out something to use the B-model trainer. Also, I remember reading that NASA had to train the pilots as all the ex-squadron members had moved on. Can you verify this, Nasty?
 
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