This Saturday from 3 to 4 PM in the Smokey Stover theater on the USS Yorktown, noted author Paul Suhler will speak on Stealth Technology and the SR-71 Blackbird. Special price for event is $5 to come onboard for his talk. No Blackbirds ever landed on YORKTOWN, but there is one on the Intrepid sans tailhook! I’m looking forward to his story…
When the first flights of the U-2 photo reconnaissance plane over the Soviet Union were tracked by air defense radars, the CIA realized that it was only a matter of time before it would be shot down, and thus began a crash program to reduce its radar cross-section (RCS). This effort evolved into a competition to design a follow-on aircraft that would be invisible to radar, which led to the development of the Lockheed A-12 Blackbird. While the efforts were not completely successful, they laid the basis for future developments in stealth aircraft, such as the F-117, B-2, and F-22. Ticket prices are $5 to hear author Suhler’s talk.
About Author Paul Suhler
Paul Suhler is a computer engineer in the data storage industry, working for Quantum Corporation in Irvine, California. He has a BSEE and PhD in computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and the MS in computer engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. A former Regular Army officer, he has also been a research staff member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center and a research assistant professor at the University of Southern California. He holds a commercial pilot license and a US Parachute Association C license.