Originally Posted by alchemist
In that case, will they ever get to the SR 78?
I still think you should distance it, though.
If it's one-of-a-kind, you could give it a proper name; after a bird of prey or an animal. Otherwise, maybe some other number/letter combination. Nobody else may mention this, in which case, ignore me.
I was going to mention this, too, as it was the only thing left in the passage that caused a bit of disruption (for me) in the flow.
If you're not happy with any bird/animal names (given that, as you say, most of the cool ones are used, similarly weather), perhaps either a completely different (made up) number/letter combo or a short phrase saying that it's the latest in the Stealth-Reconnaissance craft which started with the SR-71.
Then again, as it's more along the lines of a cruiser class ship than a 2-man stealth plane, perhaps a different type of name would, indeed, be better...