Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a airplane whose primary threat avoidance was speed. If the threat of a interceptor, be fighter plane or surface-t- air-missile was detected, the Blackbird would  simply accelerate and outrun any such would be encounter. The SR-71 has held the world record for fastest air-breathing manned aircraft, since 1976. That speed was 2193.2mph! Yes, we do have a bad ass up in here!

The first SR-71 flight took place on December 22, 1964 and reached a top speed of Mach 3.4 during testing. It entered service in the Air Force in January of 1966. It was retired from active duty in 1989. A brief reactivation occurred in 1993 and lasted until 1997. The last flight of a Blackbird was in 1999.





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