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September 19th, 2012

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was used by the United States Air Force over the span of 3 decades.  It was able to operate at high speeds and altitudes to allow it to outrace threats.  If the Blackbird detected the presence of a surface-to-air missile, its standard evasive action was to simply increase speed to outrun the missile.  It worked every single time. The Blackbird was introduced into the Air Force in 1966 and was a vital part of the Military’s mission in places like Vietnam and Laos.  Due to budget cuts in the late 1980s, this stealthy aircraft was forced into retirement.  By 1994, no suitable replacement had been developed and there was a desperate ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on September 19th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military