The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is a truly unique plane and the development together with operational history reads more like a Tom Clancy’s novel. The plane was designed as a bomber, and when this concept was abandoned, it transformed into strategic recognisance platform. The plane was developed by now famous and well know Skunks Works.
The SR-71 was an aircraft drawn up with the incorporation of many technological designs which were well ahead of their time. The plane’s design was aimed at minimizing the radar signature and allowing it to fly with the sustained speed of Mach 3.
The plane was know to exist for decades but the nature of the missions, together with the intelligence payload were always classified.
There were 32 SR-71s build and 12 were lost to accidents. You can see some of those amaizing remining machines in the Smithsonian’s Udvar – Hazy Center and National Museum of USAF.
From up close the SR-71 looks more like a star fighter from the Star Wars than USAF top secret spy plane. It is amaizing ot see it from up close.
Here are links to my other aviation-themed posts: Lockheed AC-130A, McDonnell F-4 Phantom, Boeing 747-400, Airbus A380-800, SZD-50 Puchacz, Cold War Opponents: MiG-15 and F-86A Sabre (Winter 2013), B-29 “Bockscar”, Polish glider SZD-51 Junior modern military airplane, Cold War and Vietnam Era Planes, WW II aircraft, Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay”, Aichi M6A1,Vought F4-1D Corsair, Horten HO III F, Panoramas of Museum, Restoring the glory, WW II airplanes, Modern Military aircraft.