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  •  Coolest plane ever! (4+ / 0-)

    The plane was designed and build 50 years ago and yet it still holds a number of speed and altitude records. Some other facts I've learned about the plane:

    The skin of the plane would get so hot, materials commonly used at the time would burn up so Johnson and his team had to find and learn how to use new types of metals. I believe titanium skins were used for the very first time on the A-12.

    Prior to takeoff, the plane would be fueled with a special fuel, JP-7,  but only enough to get it aloft. While on the ground, the fuel takes leaked so, once aloft, the tanks would warm and swell. They would then finish refueling with the airborne tanker.

    I don't get mad. I get stabby! - Fat Tony D'Amico

    by sizzzzlerz on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 10:20:46 AM PDT

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