Me:*sees The Enterprise zooming through space, starlight glinting off her nacelles*
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SR-71A 17975 rests proudly on display at March Field Air Museum located across the flightline from March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California. Her first flight took place on April 13, 1967, accumulating 2,854 hours of flight time, 743 of which were over Mach 3. She flew 82 reconnaissance missions during during Vietnam, flying out of Kadena Air Force Base on Okinawa, Japan. 17975 also served over the Persian Gulf, where she threw a turbine blade through the right engine nacelle while outrunning a surface to air missile. She diverted to Naval Air Station Key West, much to the surprise of the local airman.
Valjean’s Kobayashi Maru: goes alone into Klingon territory in a small shuttlecraft in order to rescue as many survivors as possible. Informs his crew that, should he be captured, they are to disavow him and mount no rescues. Halfway there shuttlecraft gets englobed by Klingon destroyers. Crew ignores his orders and comes to rescue him. Everybody dies. War with Klingons starts. Admiral Myriel asks him what he thinks he did wrong. “I shouldn’t have trusted that my crew would leave me to die; I know it goes against Starfleet tradition.” Myriel buries his head in his hands.
Fantine’s Kobayashi Maru: orders saucer separation, with a handpicked volunteer-only crew to come with her in the nacelle section on rescue mission. Survives surprisingly long because so few cadets use saucer separation that the simulator isn’t as good at compensating for the increased maneuverability, and Fantine is really good at finding ways to prolong a no-win situation. Still, everybody in nacelle section dies. War starts. Gets second highest marks in her class and gets into Admiral Simplice’s special command seminar.
Javert’s Kobayashi Maru: Contacts nearest Klingon authorities to inform them that a Federation ship seems to have trespassed on their territory and is in some distress. Tells them the Federation would be much obliged if they tried to save civilian lives, and might even be willing to arrange a prisoner exchange. Which the Klingons should take them up on, since the Federation has something of an embarrassment of Klingon POWs at the moment, what with how they’ve won every war the Klingons have ever started. Continues on scheduled patrol. Within ten minutes angry Klingons appear and blow his ship to smithereens. Everybody dies. War starts. When asked what he did wrong, says “I suppose taunting them was below my dignity as a starship captain.” Admiral Chabouillet buries his head in his hands.
With a sleek needle nose and a swept double-delta wing with two prominent nacelles, the supersonic SR-1 Blackbird spy plane is the stuff aviation legend. Although the SR-1 first flew in late December of 1964 and hasn’t been in service for almost 25 years, it’s still the fastest plane that’s ever seen action.
Engine start up of the SR-71 and A-12 aircraft was unconventional. The aircraft required a start cart, which connects to the underside of each nacelle via drive shaft. This particular start cart housed two Buick V-8 engines. Later, Chevy Big-Block engines were used in the carts. Though the SR-71 and A-12 used the proprietary JP7 fuel, the start cart was powered by common Aviation Gasoline (AVGAS).
When both V-8 engines in the start cart throttled up, it sounded like a drag race, then the sound of the jet engine would add to the noise, all reverberating off the walls of the hangar. The engines were started one at a time. Each mission alternated between starting the left or right engines first to balance any wear and tear.
Once the start cart was running at full speed, the pilot would inject Triethylborane (TEB) into the fuel mixture, a compound which explodes when it touches air. The SR-71 and A-12 had 16 measured shots of TEB per flight, per engine. One shot of TEB was consumed every time you started an engine, and every time you lit the afterburner. The pilot kept track of how many remaining shots of TEB via a small counter aft of each throttle.