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  2. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by Dimus View Post
    Thanks Dutch!

    The full experience was the reason for making this base. Like starting in the hangar for a night sortie:

    Don't know if any of you have noticed the spilled fuel.

    Beautiful, Dimus and Butch.

    Just some info, the fuel spots on the ground weren't spilled, rather it was leaked. The airframe of the SR-71, as well as the fuel tanks, were designed to expand when at speed, from air friction, thus sealing the tanks. The fuel was designed for the heat, and would not catch fire at normal air temps. I was based at Kadena AFB on Okinawa in 1970-71. We had at least 5 SR-71's based there, and really enjoyed watching them. There is nothing that compares to the sound of those engines in full AB!!!
    Don H

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  3. #28
    Thanks Don! You're absolutely right about the Blackbird fuel. It was actually a special product, JP-7. I used the wrong word there, indeed it was leaked and not spilled.

  4. #29
    While the airframe was designed to expand, the sealant used on the fuel tanks was never satisfactory and work continued for a long time to produce a sealant that worked at all temps. Leaks were checked on a drips per minute basis - clearly if it leaked profusely in some areas then it would be investigated and made better.

    Its a common misconception that the SR took off with a less than maximum fuel load because of the leaks. It actually took off with less to provide both better single engine performance if an engine failed, better aborted takeoff braking capability and to cause less wear and tear on the main gear tyres.

    Dimus, will the mirrors be working on the finished product?

  5. #30
    Looking at weights, a SR-71s empty and loaded weights are comparable to a 737, with much smaller tyres, and a takeoff/landing speed well in excess of a fully loaded 737 (170kts +). The stresses on those tyres at MTOW would have been insane.

  6. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by centuryseries View Post
    Dimus, will the mirrors be working on the finished product?
    Dutch will have to answer that, although it may be too early as I understand that focus is now on completing the systems coding.

  7. #32
    P3D goodies: Dynamic Lights and PBR:

  8. #33
    Blackbird Hangars get the PBR treatment:

    All still WIP of course. PBR is very new for me but I'm slowly getting there.

  9. #34

  10. #35
    Dimus, that looks absolutely AMAZING!!! NC

    Quote Originally Posted by Dimus View Post
    Blackbird Hangars get the PBR treatment:

    All still WIP of course. PBR is very new for me but I'm slowly getting there.

  11. #36
    Thanks all for the kind words!

    I am getting to like more and more PBR. Especially PBRed glass like here in the modern tower:

    I realized that I have to increase the saturation of the diffuse/albedo. PBR washes out colors.

  12. #37
    Working on ground equipment. Here's a Dash 86 GPU:

  13. #38
    Crg Dimus!
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  14. #39
    Brilliant work Dimus! That tower especially looks amazing with PBR glass.
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