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The ground crews, I'm told, hated this plane because it leaked toxic fuel everywhere while on the ground and was otherwise a pain to deal with.

These sorts of stories are what impress me about programs like this. No commercial product could ever be so expensive, so difficult, so wildly impractical. The military are practically the only ones who can do things like this, because the need is so great it justifies all the craziness. I work at NASA and we do crazy things like sending robots to Mars, but that seems tame compared to the insanity of something like the SR-71.

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