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  1. 109 – Flying the U-2 Dragon Lady | omega tau science & engineering podcast

    Definitely one of my favorite episodes! I already had the same thought as martin above: nearly all of those pilots you talked to were so very convincing in their talk, they really lived their job!

    I also did learn many new aspects of flying in these special terms and was barely astonished for instance about the take-off capabilities (e.g. 200 ft of running before take-off, 45 to 50° angle of climbing…) and the fact, that there is so little power necessary for flying at the high altitudes, etc, etc.

    Really, really good stuff and a humorous, experienced and willing guest Carl LaRue!

    Thanks a lot to both of you!

    LOL: PIO… Pilot induced oscillation…

    Und als Segelflieger ist diese Episode tatsächlich doppelt interessant, trennt einen doch fast nur dieses Triebwerk von ansonsten vielen gemeinsamen Erfahrungen…

    —Huffduffed by matthewmcg

  2. 091 – Flying the SR-71 Blackbird | omega tau science & engineering podcast

    091 – Flying the SR-71 Blackbird

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    In this episode we discuss the world’s fastest and highest flying jet-powered aircraft ever built, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Our guest is Col. (Ret) Richard Graham, a former SR-71 pilot. Our conversation is loosely based on his book Flying the SR-71, and we discuss the challenge of flying the SR-71. As a consequence of its unique capabilities and its engine and inlet design, the aircraft posed a number of very specific challenges on the pilot.

    Richard Graham (at

    Book: SR-71 Revealed: The Inside Story

    Book: SR-71 Blackbird: Stories, Tales and Legends

    Book: Flying the SR-71 Blackbird: In the Cockpit On a Secret Operational Mission

    Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

    Lockheed YF-12

    Myasishchev M-4 Bison

    Tupolev Tu-95 Bear

    Lockheed U-2

    Beale AFB

    RAF Mildenhall

    Kadena Air Base (Okinawa)

    Edwards AFB

    JP-7 Fuel

    Star Tracker

    Kelly Johnson

    Ring Laser Gyroscope


    Equivalent Airspeed

    Shock Wave


    SR-71 Engine Sketch


    Compressor Stall




    Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk

    —Huffduffed by matthewmcg

  3. 166 – Flying the Concorde | omega tau science & engineering podcast

    What a fabulous episode!

    As a keen teenage aircraft kit modeller, I had a 1/144 scale Airfix Concorde suspended in my bedroom pretty much as soon as the kit was released in the late sixties and I think, before the maiden flight of the prototype. Nearly fifty years later I’m still learning fascinating things about this magnificent machine!

    Once again you asked all the right questions Marcus and it was wonderful to hear John’s detailed and forthright answers.

    Towards the end I was thinking that The Accident was going to be skirted around – that possibly John wouldn’t want to talk about it. But then I was blown away by his forthright comments about it and he gave some opinions on the causes that I’d never heard before.

    On a lighter note, I have heard an anecdote about the joints in the fuselage to allow for thermal expansion. Here’s a link to a site that has a photograph inside one of the aircraft now on

    display. Before it cooled down after its last flight the flight

    engineer stuck his cap in the joint. In light of John’s comments that it’s unlikely any Concord will fly again, it’s there forever!

    Thanks again.

    —Huffduffed by matthewmcg