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Some inflight footage from Discovery Channel documentary and my 3-view
 

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Got to see this one at the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio, not long after it had been declassified and placed on display. It's definitely one of the more bizzare birds out there and the cockpit I believe is single seat yet is quite wide!
 

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Sentinel Chicken said:
It's definitely one of the more bizzare birds out there and the cockpit I believe is single seat yet is quite wide!

Yes, it's indeed a single seater. That only adds to the weirdness :).

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Yes, it was roomy one:)
 

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Tacit Blue video feature released by Northrop Grumman in 1997

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4uTZn0TD-o
 

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USAF would never have owned more than one. It looks like a loaf of bread with wings. They DO have an image to uphold. ;D
 

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If anyone is interested I have a bunch of images I shot after it had been moved over to the R&D annex of the USAF Museum (the hangar where the XB-70 resides). I got a lot of detail shots of gear bays and other bits and pieces.
 

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I'll upload them and post a link here when it's done.

Incidentially, here's a link to my photo collection:

http://geimint.blogspot.com/2007/11/imint-analysis-photo-archive.html

Everything listed was shot by me, so these are my personal photos.
 

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I'm pretty sure SOC took better pictures than I, but in the meantime here's one I took. i apologize if it's not very descriptive, I was mostly concerned with capturing details rather than the whole shape, which is in the public domain.

BTW, the shapes next to it belong to the XC-142 and the X-4 Bantam.
 

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Nice shot and funny view from this angle...as I always say, you just need megawatt-class flash while making pics at USAFM=)

Am i getting right, BTW, that entry hatch was below the chine at starboard?
 

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I think that's right. There's a pretty large door you can see in some of the photos I'm uploading right now. FYI, when you open the zip file, the ones taken in 2007 were with the EOS 30D and are of a lot better quality than the rest of them!
 

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TACIT BLUE photos, around 90 megabytes worth:

http://rapidshare.de/files/39752231/TACIT_BLUE.zip.html

I'll leave this active for a day or two.
 

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Sean, thank you a bunch!
 

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No problem. Let me know if you need/want anything else.
 

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Well, damn, anyone got his hands on these???
Found at Scaled Composites projects web site with hint from Machdiamond

http://stargazer2006.online.fr/index.htm
 

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flateric said:
Well, damn, anyone got his hands on these???
Found at Scaled Composites projects web site with hint from Machdiamond

http://stargazer2006.online.fr/index.htm

I sent an email to the address listed on that page, requesting more info on the diagrams. The reply (I've replaced the first part of the email address with "XYZ," but the rest of it can be found easily enough):
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This message was created automatically by mail delivery software.

A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its
recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

XYZ@online.fr
SMTP error from remote mail server after RCPT TO:<XYZ@online.fr>:
host mx1.free.fr [212.27.48.7]: 550 5.2.1 This mailbox has been blocked due to inactivity
 

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the same here...
 

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yasotay said:
USAF would never have owned more than one. It looks like a loaf of bread with wings. They DO have an image to uphold. ;D

Interesting how similar the Northrop AGM-137 TSSAM was to this in layout.
 

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sferrin said:
yasotay said:
USAF would never have owned more than one. It looks like a loaf of bread with wings. They DO have an image to uphold. ;D

Interesting how similar the Northrop AGM-137 TSSAM was to this in layout.

BAsically the same configuration, but upside down.
 

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flateric said:
Well, damn, anyone got his hands on these???
Found at Scaled Composites projects web site with hint from Machdiamond

These were from a .ppt put together by the late Dick Thomas and presented at a convention / meeting.

They were out there on the web for a while.

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Kevin, any chances that you have a copy?
 

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Seems that it definitely WORTH buying
http://www.amazon.com/Hell-Ride-biography-notorious-escapades/dp/0595528783
 

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flateric said:
Seems that it definitely WORTH buying
http://www.amazon.com/Hell-Ride-biography-notorious-escapades/dp/0595528783

Note that if you search inside the book on amazon you can read excerpts. Definitely worth getting!
 

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As I feared, I no longer have the original files, as they disappeared like 75% of my aviation stuff in a computer crashdown... :-[
 

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Stephen - at least, can you describe them - were they hi-res or small ones (or even you can remember the source)?
 

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As I feared, I no longer have the original files, as they disappeared like 75% of my aviation stuff in a computer crashdown...
:eek: :'(

That's my worst nightmare, consequently I use Mac and have backup external hard disk
 

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flateric said:
Stephen - at least, can you describe them - were they hi-res or small ones (or even you can remember the source)?
They certainly were not high-res. I think I captured them from a PDF file I once found on the web. Sorry!
 

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well, everyone, go for search of this pdf (or ppt) - we have a second confirmation that it was aviable on the net
keywords Dick, Rishard, Thomas, Tacit Blue, Northrop
 

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hello,
I find this : http://books.google.fr/books?id=u4QD1wZuvOcC&pg=PA209&lpg=PA209&dq=Dick,+Rishard,+Thomas,+Tacit+Blue,+Northrop&source=bl&ots=LZfLPDk-Pb&sig=YPFdnjDfr4z5AfxRFrcrLABmby8&hl=fr&ei=m2BESoTzCY24sgbXx-0T&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3
and this : http://www.thexhunters.com/xtras/thomas.html

and this too: http://www.airforce-magazine.com/MagazineArchive/Pages/1996/August%201996/0896tacit.aspx
 

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flateric said:
well, everyone, go for search of this pdf (or ppt) - we have a second confirmation that it was aviable on the net
keywords Dick, Rishard, Thomas, Tacit Blue, Northrop

Dan Vanderhorst presented on behalf of Dick Thomas.

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pometablava said:
As I feared, I no longer have the original files, as they disappeared like 75% of my aviation stuff in a computer crashdown...
:eek: :'(

That's my worst nightmare, consequently I use Mac and have backup external hard disk

afaik you can also backup a PC/Windoes PC...
 

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afaik you can also backup a PC/Windoes PC...

I know, there are many fine backup apps for Windows. My mistake, I wanted to say I use a Mac because there are less problems with it: data corruption, crashes...but despite using a Mac I backup my data.

Many documents and pics in my computer are a treasure for me and I care to keep it save.
 

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Me to. I have a backup on another harddisc and my primary HDD works in RAID configuration. I also have the APU with overvoltage protection, so I hope that it will be enough :) End of off topic.
 

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well, still found nothing even with hints from Kevin... :'(
 

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This seems to be a nice high-res photo of the Tacit Blue, but for some reasons (highly probably my non-US IP adress) I cant open it:

link to image

Can somebody with US IP adress chceck it? Thanks.
 

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Works fine here...
 

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