Modern - SR-71 Blackbird

Modern - SR-71 Blackbird

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is a long range, Mach 3 strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force. It was developed as a black project from Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. Renowned American aerospace engineer Clarence "Kelly" Johnson  was responsible for many of the design's innovative concepts. During reconnaissance missions, the SR-71 operated at high speeds and altitudes to allow it to outrace threats. If a surface to air missile launch was detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and outfly the missile. The SR-71 was designed to have basic stealth characteristics and served as a precursor to future stealth aircraft.

The SR-71 served with the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1998. A total of 32 aircraft were built; 12 were lost in accidents, but none to enemy action. The Sr-71 has been given several nicknames, including Blackbird and Habu. Since 1976, it has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft, a record previously held by the YF-12.

USAF, 9th SRW Det.1 #61-7962 - select to enlarge

USAF, 9th SRW Det.1 #61-7962

USAF, 9th SRW Det.1 #61-7962 Kadena AFB Japan.

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