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Cpt Karlos Blaze Fernandez Inactive Member05 Mar 2017 3:34 p.m. PST

Hey guys.

I was browsing Shapeways for objective models and I found this SR-71 but the one on the right has something on top:


Does anybody know what that is and what's it's purpose? It resembles the insertion craft in wich Snake Eater entered Russian territory on Metal Gear 3 but I always thought that was invented by Kojima and his team.

Thanks beforehand.

emckinney05 Mar 2017 3:44 p.m. PST
Ghecko Inactive Member05 Mar 2017 3:49 p.m. PST

The Shapeway description says:
M-21 with D-21 drone

Lot of info on Wikpedia – search A12 or Lockheed D-21

Cpt Karlos Blaze Fernandez Inactive Member05 Mar 2017 4:37 p.m. PST

Ups, sorry, I didnt see that I always forget that Shapeways has descriptions on the bottom since a lot of sellers don't use it.

Really interesting that so far back in time there were drones already, even if it's only for spying and since it existed then the MGS3 rendition wasn't that far fetched as I thought…

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member06 Mar 2017 12:33 a.m. PST

It's a Blackbird


FoxtrotPapaRomeo06 Mar 2017 5:49 a.m. PST

It's link a Lockheed D-21 drone on the back of a modified Lockheed A-12 (CIA variant of the SR-71). Article says not overly successful and the concept was dropped … or was it. 8^)

Major Mike06 Mar 2017 6:01 a.m. PST

An older drone carried by B-52's


Cpt Karlos Blaze Fernandez Inactive Member07 Mar 2017 6:21 a.m. PST

Well, drones are on vogue now son no, never dropped the concept haha although the carrier ones aren that popular… Since they can maneuver by themselves right now.

Charlie 12 Inactive Member10 Mar 2017 8:17 p.m. PST

The USAF Firefly program predates the D-21 by quite a lot of years. Drones for recon (even over China) were standard during the '60s.


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