Eleven SR-71 Blackbirds

All These SR-71 Blackbirds together! Eleven Lockheed Martin Blackbirds. The advanced, long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft, that served the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1998. The most beautiful jet ever!   Image credit: gizmodo

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Lockheed SR-71 BlackbirdImage credit: wikimedia

SR-71 Blackbird

The Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by the Lockheed Skunk Works.

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 outrun the missile.

Introduced: 1966

Retired: 1998

Manufacturers: Lockheed Corporation, Skunk works

Lockheed SR-71 BlackbirdImage credit: wikimedia

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, air refuelingImage credit: wikimedia

SR-71 Blackbird in San Diego Air Museum
SR-71 Blackbird in San Diego Air Museum   Image credit: Agis F.

SR-71 BlackbirdSled Driver the amazing book by one of the SR-71 pilots.


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