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King of Spam
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What is the reason or purpose of the red painted lines on the sr 71???????? No step area?????
The red stripes found on some SR-71s are there to prevent maintenance workers from damaging the skin of the aircraft. The curved skin near the center of the fuselage is thin and delicate. There is no support underneath with exception of


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Only time I saw one was at Edwards AFB for a demo I guess. On the tarmac the pilot held the brakes and said he turned power up to 70%. Melted tarmac behind it a couple feet deep. :LOL: I was a visitor then ( visiting brother) and I wasn’t allowed to have a camera with me for that. Back in the late 70’s.