Pratt & Whitney J58: Awesome Torch

Pratt & Whitney J58: Awesome Torch

The J58 was conceived, originally, to fulfill an US.Navy order -even numbers are allocated to US.Navy engines. Curiously, after a tortuous development/procurement story it proved to be the right engine for the unrivalled A-12/YF-12/SR-71 family employed by both CIA and the USAF.

The astonishing J58 was built to work on afterburner for extended periods of time…., this poetic photo shows graphically how hard that requirement was.

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