It is hard to comprehend the design of this aircraft and its capabilities without the technologies of today. This aircraft would fly faster and higher than any aircraft, and the faster it flew, the less fuel it burned. It also outran surface to air missiles (SAM) which the Soviets launched at them. Can you imagine a roll of film that is 10,500 feet long and five inches wide - that is almost two miles of film. I like it when three SR-71 flew over Hanoi and created a sonic boom that scared the hell out of the guards who were guarding American Prisoners of War.
The Washington Post
The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulafft, at Bergen , Norway
Reports from fishermen, seal hunters, and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm. Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared.Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds. Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coastal cities uninhabitable.
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I apologize; I neglected to mention that this report was from November 2, 1922, as reported by the AP and published in The Washington Post - 90+ years ago.
(And never mind that sea ice melting will not raise the ocean an inch. Thank you, Archimedes!)
Massive quantities of pure, frozen crystaline DHMO are literally raining down from the heavens above Portland. So much crystal DHMO is being sprayed onto the northwestern city that the sky has reportedly been blotted out — the sun and clouds rendered invisible by the relentless white spray, presumably being projected from unseen drone aircraft at a wifi-enabled altitude.Eyewitness: I can definitely verify the presence of dihydrogen monoxide exposure at massive levels.