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Speed has always been as powerful as stealth.
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19502057
Posted by jrs235 (karma: 4246)
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Until Lockheed Martin finally builds the SR-72 Mach-6 spy plane it announced in November 2013 — and which reportedly appeared in plain view for the first time in July 2017 — the iconic SR-71 Blackbird, capable of flying three times the speed of sound, remains the fastest warplane ever flown operationally.
So fast that no missiles fired at it had a chance of hitting.
When the U-2 spy plane was built in the 1950s, its designer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson already knew that it would be vulnerable to enemy defenses.
So to gather intelligence in foreign skies, in 1964 U.S. president Lyndon Johnson announced that the Lockheed Advance Development Projects, also known as the Skunk Works, would build another strategic reconnaissance aircraft—one so fast that no other airplane could reach it.
The Blackbird’s flight characteristics were incredible. It was able to fly at more than three and a half times the speed of sound at 88,000 feet. To give you an idea of what that altitude means, the SR-71 took photos from three times the height of Mount Everest and its pilots dressed in full pressure suits like astronauts.
During its more than three-decade career, which ended on Oct. 9, 1999, no SR-71 was lost to hostile action. But not for a lack of trying on the part of America’s enemies. Neither enemy fighters nor surface-to-air missiles were ever able to shoot down or damage an SR-71.
High speed was one factor. But the Blackbird was also hard to detected by radar, being the first aircraft to feature stealth technology. A special paint was used on the SR-71’s wings, tail and fuselage. Containing iron ferrite, this paint absorbed radar energy instead of returning it to the sender.
With a Radar Cross Section equivalent to a small light aircraft, the SR-71 appeared on enemy radar screens too late for a missile computer to estimate its direction for a successful shoot-down. The Blackbird also masked its range and bearing by jamming enemy listening devices with sophisticated electronic countermeasures.
Not only were SAMs unable to catch the Blackbird, even the the fastest Soviet fighter jets lacked the necessary speed to intercept the SR-71. Soviet pilot Viktor Belenko, who defected to Japan in a MiG-25 on Dec. 6, 1976, confirmed this in his book MiG Pilot.
“American reconnaissance planes, SR-71s, were prowling off the coast, staying outside Soviet airspace by photographing terrain hundreds of miles inland with side-angle cameras,” Belenko wrote. “They taunted and toyed with the MiG-25s sent up to intercept them, scooting up to altitudes the Soviet planes could not reach, and circling leisurely above them or dashing off at speeds the Russians could not match.”
“[The Soviets] had a master plan to intercept an SR-71 by positioning a MiG-25 in front of it and one below it, and when the SR-71 passed they would fire missiles. But it never occurred. Soviet computers were very primitive, and there is no way that mission can be accomplished.
First of all, the SR-71 flies too high and too fast. The MiG-25 cannot reach it or catch it. Secondly … the missiles are useless above 27,000 meters [88,000 feet], and as you know, the SR-71 cruises much higher. But even if we could reach it, our missiles lack the velocity to overtake the SR-71 if they are fired in a tail chase. And if they are fired head-on, the guidance systems cannot adjust quickly enough to the high closing speed.”
Moreover, Belenko’s missiles would have not worked because “most air- to-air missiles are optimized to maneuver in the thicker air below around 30,000 feet in order to shoot down an enemy plane,” former Blackbird pilot Col. Richard Graham explained in his book SR-71: The Complete Illustrated History of the Blackbird. “Firing at the SR-71, cruising at 75,000 feet, the air is so thin that any maneuvering capability of the missile is practically nonexistent.”
With the Mach-6 SR-72 a real possibility, “speed is the new stealth” is Lockheed Martin’s new slogan. But really, there’s nothing new about it. Speed has worked to protect spy planes for the last 60 years.
This article by Dario Leone and David Cenciotti originally appeared at War is Boring in 2017.
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Boss sent Mark Weathers a work email on Good Friday, then called him in church during Easter weekend to make him work, religious-discrimination suit alleges.
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Posted by gnicholas (karma: 6057)
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Mark Weathers’ path to termination at Yelp started with an email his boss sent him a few minutes before midnight on Good Friday. Weathers didn’t answer it, because he wasn’t checking his email a few minutes before midnight on Good Friday.
That’s according to a religious-discrimination lawsuit that Weathers filed against the San Francisco online-review company, claiming he was fired after not being responsive to work communications “24/7/365.”
A Yelp spokesperson said the suit was without merit. “Yelp respects religious and personal responsibilities and makes reasonable accommodations when requested,” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “While the company does not typically comment on personnel actions, the claims alleged here are inaccurate and Yelp will respond to them in the appropriate forum.”
Weathers worked as a San Francisco-based security manager for Yelp from October 2016 till June 2018, according to the suit filed Tuesday in San Francisco County Superior Court.
On Good Friday last March, Weathers’ boss, head of security Rick Lee, sent him an email about an employee in Yelp’s Phoenix offices seeking after-hours access to a building, the suit said. After Weathers failed to respond to the 11:49 p.m. email, an upset Lee called him Saturday to find out why his message had not been answered, the suit said.
“Mr. Weathers indicated that he had not checked his email because it was Easter weekend and he was spending time with his family and attending church services,” according to the suit. “In fact, Mr. Weathers was attending a church-sponsored event when he answered Mr. Lee’s phone call. Mr. Lee said Mr. Weathers needed to be responsive, even while he was attending church services.”
The following day, Easter Sunday, while Weathers was in church with his family, Lee emailed him and site managers, and told Weathers to contact the managers to find out what happened with the after-hours-access request and make sure it didn’t happen again, the suit said.
“He demanded that Mr. Weathers provide an ‘after action review’ to him by the close of business the following day, necessitating that Mr. Weathers contact each of his co-workers on Easter Sunday,” the suit alleged. “In addition, Mr. Lee admonished, ‘Each leader on this email should make a regular practice of checking email and setting cell phones to take inbound calls 24/7/365.ʼ”
Weathers provided the report, and explained to Lee that he had “made a choice to focus on Easter Weekend,” as it was a very important weekend for him, so he did not check email as he would on other weekends, the suit said.
“Mr. Lee responded, ‘You should be checking emails and vmails/inbound calls every day (regardless of weekend or holiday),ʼ” the suit claimed. Lee, according to the suit, said he understood that Weathers would need to turn off devices during church services, but that “a 12-hour gap of non-checking is not acceptable.” Lee reminded Weathers that one Christmas Eve, Lee had spent four hours working on an incident, when he would have preferred to be with his family, the suit said.
Lee also told Weathers, who is pursuing a degree in ministry leadership and has a severely autistic son, that he didn’t care about Weathers’ religious holidays or children, the suit claimed.
Meetings with Lee and Yelp’s human resources department led up to Weathers’ firing on June 5, 2018, according to the suit. Weathers claims Yelp discriminated against him on the basis of religion, and fired him in part over his religious practices. He is seeking unspecified damages.
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A world-renowned #pro-vaccine medical #expert is the newest #voice adding to the body of #evidence suggesting that #vaccines can cause #autism in certain #susceptible #children.
#Pediatric neurologist Dr. #AndrewZimmerman originally served as the expert medical #witness for the #government, which defends vaccines in #federal-vaccine-court. He had #testified that vaccines do not cause autism in specific #patients.
Dr. #Zimmerman now has signed a #bombshell sworn #affidavit. He says that, during a group of 5,000 #vaccine-autism cases being heard in court on June 15, 2007, he took aside the Department of Justice (DOJ) #lawyers he worked for defending vaccines and told them he’d discovered “
“I explained that in a #subset of #children, vaccine-induced #fever and #immune stimulation did cause #regressive #brain #disease with features of #autism-spectrum #disorder,” Dr. Zimmerman now states. He said his opinion was based on “scientific advances” as well as his own experience with patients.
For the government and #vaccine-industry’s own pro-vaccine expert to have this #scientific opinion stood to change everything about the #vaccine-autism debate — if people were to find out.
But they didn’t.
Dr. Zimmerman goes on to say that once the #DOJ lawyers learned of his position, they quickly #fired him as an #expert #witness and kept his opinion #secret from other parents and the rest of the public.
What’s worse, he says the #DOJ went on to misrepresent his opinion in federal vaccine court to continue to…
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