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The Instructor Pilot (IP), Lt Col Jack Thornton, in the front seat, stayed with the aircraft and suffered minor back injuries. Hudson would be the only Air Force SR-71 crew member to be killed during the entire Senior Crown program. com threatened to cut off the Egyptian army. ” This tense period in superpower relations was somewhat defused when Soviet Secretary Brezhnev supported a United Nations motion of October 24 that would eventually end the Yom Kippur War. Meanwhile, however, SR-71 surveillance missions continued to monitor the situation.

Astro Inertial Navigation System (ANS) The RSO’s view-sight display can be seen at the top of this photograph, with the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) display screen positioned immediately below it. When reequipped with the Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar System II (ASARS II), the SR-71 was used extensively to reimage target areas with the highresolution system, which of course worked effectively through cloud cover. ” At the heart of successful mission accomplishment therefore was the Nortronics Astro Inertial Navigation System (ANS), designated NAS142V2.

It consisted of a receiver, band antenna, band-pass filter, power relay, and electrical and coaxial cables. On receipt of a signal received from DEF C2 the DEF H system was triggered into operation. Carried in compartment bay K and weighing in at 900lb, DEF H was an extremely powerful piece of kit that provided threat warning and, when required, barrage noise jamming for protection against the SAM threat. It included a transceiver, two transmitting systems, an interface unit (IU), a data processor and an evaporative cooler.

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