Battlestar Galactica

Season 2 Episode 9

Flight of the Phoenix

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 16, 2005 on Syfy

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    • Apollo says the Blackbird will have CG (center of gravity) problems because the cockpit is too far back. Starbuck answers that it's built for speed, not maneuverability. The real-life SR-71 Blackbird also was built for speed, capable of flying at nearly 2,200 mph. The focus on speed caused problems for the SR-71 as well. The fuselage panels were "loose" to allow for expansion of the airframe at high speeds. This caused the SR-71 to leak fuel onto the runway. The necessary "warm-up" for the airframe expansion is similar to the adjustment period needed by Starbuck to control Galactica's Blackbird, problems caused by the design focus on speed.

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