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Happy Friday, Oppo. How fast can we get into the weekend?

We’ll close out Lockheed Week with this mockup of the L-2000, with a station wagon for scale. The L-2000 was Lockheed’s offering for the government-funded program to develop a US-made SST to compete with the Concorde. Since everything in the US is supposed to be bigger and better than the rest of the world, the L-2000 was proposed to carry 25o passengers (Concorde held about 120), fly as fast as Mach 3.0 (Concorde maxed out at Mach 2) and have a 4,000-mile range (a bit less than Concorde). The L-2000 lost out to Boeing’s offering, the 2707, but that program never advanced beyond a full mockup before it too was canceled. Had it flown, the L-2000 would have been powered by the Pratt & Whitney J58, the same engine used on the A-12 and SR-71.

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