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SR 71 Blackbird

SR 71 Blackbird

Lockheed’s SR-71 “Blackbird” is a long-range, high-altitude, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft.

A U.S. Air Force Lockheed Blackbird from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. Near Beale Air Force Base, California (USA).
NASA 844, flown by NASA’s Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (later, Dryden Flight Research Center), Edwards, California, cruises over the Tehachapi Mountains during a September 1992 flight. The aircraft is one of two initially loaned to NASA by the Air Force for use as high-speed, high-altitude testbeds for research in such areas as aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, thermal protection materials, in addition instrumentation. Furthermore, data from the research program could aid designers of future supersonic-hypersonic aircraft and propulsion systems.…
An air-to-air overhead front view

Moreover, she set the standard for futuristic plane and marveled at and immediately modern wonder upon her emergence.

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center’s SR-71A, tail number 844. Furthermore, banks away over the Sierra Nevada mountains after air refueling from a USAF tanker during a 1997 flight.
On runway, engines on

Moreover, developed and manufactured by Lockheed Martin.

Close up from tanker
Blackbird 3-view

In addition, operated by both the United States Air Force and NASA.

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (modified)
Pilot in cockpit

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SR 71 Blackbird