The World's Fastest Aircraft - SR-71

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The Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft. It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. 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.

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  1. TheMilkManTexas
    TheMilkManTexas Aug 16, 2014

    I will always have fond memories of the SR-71 while I was stationed with the 18th Security Police Squadron at Kadena AB, Okinawa, in the mid-70's. It was a real thrill to work with professionals such as these men and especially to watch them take off and land. This is such a beautiful, powerful and graceful aircraft!

  2. 34045035
    34045035 Aug 17, 2015

    I Was Station at Milldenhall, England, When the Historical Record Breaking Time It Flew From England to New York, in 1975'...Watch It Leave 3X...First Time It Blew Out a Engine...2nd Time It Had to Come Back Because of Fuel Leaks and On the 3rd Time Off It Went...It Was Refueled Mid Atlantic... I Was on TDY and Was Assigned to a C-130 for 90 Days...

  3. wmBuzzSawyer
    wmBuzzSawyer Feb 03, 2016

    At that speed who needs an M16....??? Retired "Grunt"

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