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The SR-71 Reconnaissance System Executive Handbook

 

Buddy L Brown (SR-71 pilot) assembled the initial "Lockheed SR-71 Researcher's Handbook Vol II  " (approximately 130 pages) while working at the Skunk Works, (circa 1992). The book was tailored similar to a U-2 Researcher Handbook (Bldg 275, the other half of the SR-71 group). Volume II provides detailed information on the aircraft, operations and performance, aircraft systems and payloads, experiments and studies and the SR-71 flight capabilities. The SR-71 Program Manager at the time was Mr. Dave Urie.

The information that Buddy  had assembled (rough draft) was turned over to a Bill Majors (a Lockheed technical writer for both programs) who put the books together. The "Executive Handbook" is a short version of the "Lockheed SR Researcher's Handbook" The "Executive Handbook" consists of 32 pages.  Remember, during that time period the SR program was drawing to a close, thus two books. Lockheed was looking for other agencies that might find a use for the SR. They were both published and distributed to many Colleges, NASA, DARPA, etc in an effort to continue the SR as a research platform.  i.e. Hypersonic Drone Launch System, Flow patterns for Supersonic Inlet configurations, etc.

The Vol II Handbook is a Readers Digest version of the SR-71 Flight Handbook. It does, however, go into more detail on exact sizes of all compartments, air-conditioning available, type of power available etc. (to carry experiments). There were a couple hundred of each book published,  Most of them were distributed to the many commercial, industrial, colleges that might find a use that type of platform.

Thanks to Buddy Brown.

 

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Contents

Page 1

Introduction

 

Page 2

The Blackbird

 

Page 3

History

 

Page 4

 

Page 5

Major Historical Theaters Of Operations

 

Page 6

 

Page 7

Airplane Arrangement

 

Page 8

Airplane Systems

 

Page 9

Airplane Systems (Cont)

 

Page 10

Flight Envelope ( Standard Conditions)

 

Page 11

Cruise Conditions ( 80,000 Feet, Mach 3+)

 

Page 12

Page13

Mission Profile

 

Page 14

 

Page 15

 

Page 16

 

Page 17

Global Capability

 

Page 18 

Survivability

Page 19

Reconnaissance Capability

Page 20

Payload Capability

 

Page 21

Sensor Data Collection

Page 22

ASARS-1

Page 23

ASARS Components

 

Page 24

 

Page 25

Electromagnetic Reconnaissance System

Page 26

Optical BAR camera ( OBC)

Page 27

Technical Objective Camera (TEOC)

 

Page 28

Data Link System

Page 29

Dissemination Of Sensor Data

 

Page 30 Page 31

Mission Scenarios

Page 32

Forward Operating Locations (FOL) Overview

Page 33

 Conclusions

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