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How the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Works

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Daniel Chyi
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An intensive and thrilling look inside the SR-71 Blackbird, one of aviation's absolute greatest legends.

Special thanks to Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum (youtube.com/AirZoo), retired SR-71 Pilots Jerry Glasser and Buz Carpenter, and Arnie Gunderson (retired Pratt & Whitney J58 PM).

CREDITS
Jacob O'Neal - Research, script, narration, 3D modeling / animation, music

BEHIND THE SCENES
If you'd like to see how I made this video. I show my research sources, pdfs, images, etc., and also the model creation process, animating, rendering, and more:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hP7CDg0id4I

MUSIC
I composed the background music specifically for this project. Listen to "Blackbird" on my soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/jakeoneal/blackbird

PATREON
https://www.patreon.com/animagraffs

SOFTWARE USED
I use Blender 3D to create these models. It's free and open source, and the community is amazing:
https://www.blender.org/

0:00 Intro
03:18 Aerodynamics of supersonic flight
08:13 Radar cross section
10:18 J58 Jet Engines
15:49 Inlet spike
20:39 Engine supporting features
23:12 Start carts
23:48 Fuel system
26:48 Flight control surfaces
33:11 Landing gear
34:20 Cockpits
34:47 Front cockpit
45:07 Rear cockpit
46:08 Cockpits (cont'd)
47:15 Flight suit
49:32 Reconnaissance equipment
53:20 Hero shot
54:11 Credits
54:22 Epilogue

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