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Old 05-30-2019, 06:23 PM   #1
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:33 PM   #2
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Most savvy aviators with any experience don't buy this story. The premise is true about the differing groundspeeds, but anyone who flies in the Flight Levels knows that all of these aircraft are on different frequencies. ATC is divided into different sectors and is also divided into several altitude spectrums. The SR71, F18 and the Cessna/Twin Beech would not be on the same freq due to VHF vs UHF and definitely separated by the low vs ultra high altitude spectrum.

Entertaining story, but it's bullshit.
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Old 06-02-2019, 07:25 PM   #3
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Most savvy aviators with any experience don't buy this story. The premise is true about the differing groundspeeds, but anyone who flies in the Flight Levels knows that all of these aircraft are on different frequencies. ATC is divided into different sectors and is also divided into several altitude spectrums. The SR71, F18 and the Cessna/Twin Beech would not be on the same freq due to VHF vs UHF and definitely separated by the low vs ultra high altitude spectrum.

Entertaining story, but it's bullshit.
Awww, I wanted to be the wet blanket on this one!
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Old 06-03-2019, 06:28 PM   #4
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The SR-71 does have a VHF radio though. I don’t know about the F-18.
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Old 06-03-2019, 09:45 PM   #5
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Well, we know the F-18 radio can tune to both VHF and UHF frequencies and it has two radios. I actually wager the SR-71 probably has more than two and is likely to monitor several centre frequencies at once. So that's not necessarily a reason to reject the story.

It might be made-up, but it's still a charming story. Aviation needs a little yarning now and then.
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:25 AM   #6
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https://youtu.be/apRliU4_QWo?t=4048
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Old 08-05-2019, 11:18 AM   #7
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Here he confirms that this is a true story and explains it a bit more (towards the end of the interview IIRC):

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Old 08-05-2019, 12:48 PM   #8
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These two fella's have an opinion on it too, right at the beginning of the interview, well actually before the interview:

BD-0066 Oral History, Bill Weaver and Maury Rosenberg Lockheed SR-71 Pilots


Fantastic interview too.
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