My cheat. My dad was a senior photo interpreter for the U-2 and the Blackbird out of Henderson AFB, NV. That's a where I was hatched ya know! So Carmine, we be 2 of a kind, don'tcha know! Tail rudders that don't pivot in the slot? Never! I've got two old white PLA cutting boards (I think their PLA) that I use for plastic bearings. Works Fabulously! Even tapped a few tubes to mount on the end of a stick that slip into a outer tube as a no lube pivot point. Hmm... "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing! Do-whop do-whop do-whop do-wow!"
I was just talking to Terry Pappas the other night, about the ground pounding Takeoffs. The BEST was the Orange Cones at Night!
Leaked?? No, she POURED!! She would lose almost 5000lbs. of Fuel, before her first "Stretch". She HAD to hit at least 1.5 Mach before meeting up with the Tanker, just to seal the seams!! At Operational Velocity, She was tight as a Drum.