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Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 2 October 2014 in Transportation.

A reconnaissance aircraft of exceptional abilities, the Blackbird is the fastest manned, air breathing airplane ever built. It can fly at Mach 3+ and at extremely high altitudes. It's made primarily of titanium to handle the heat of high speed flight. While sitting on the ground, it drips fuel. As the plane's skin heats up in flight, the metal expands and seals the joints.

Its payload was high resolution cameras and its only defense was electronic countermeasures to jam enemy radars. If a surface to air missile launch was detected, the standard response was to accelerate and outrun it. No Blackbird was ever shot down. It was retired in 1998.

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

gerard1948 from Spain

A plane magnificent and very interesting explanation. Excellent photo, I like a lot.
Have a nice day.

2 Oct 2014 6:08am

PATRICK from miramas, France

toujours superbe compo et informations

2 Oct 2014 6:20am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland


2 Oct 2014 7:08am

Devi from Chennai, India

she's a beauty !!!

2 Oct 2014 7:26am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

This one is really impressive!

2 Oct 2014 7:38am

jean pierre from paris, France

belle serie d'avion!! amitiés

2 Oct 2014 7:48am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I'm running out of superlatives for this series . . if there were a Series Award, y'd win it !

2 Oct 2014 7:53am

Ben from Rennes, France

Bel engin!

2 Oct 2014 9:10am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

...excellent, et sans doute un P51 mustang dans le coin droit ??? un endroit fabuleux !!

2 Oct 2014 12:27pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Excellent framing. Fantastic shot of airplanes.

2 Oct 2014 1:57pm

franz from Baden, Austria

perfectly balanced, attractive light here, steve, as with all your photos from the museum !
one must admire the technology and the ingenuity behind these machines, but on the other hand, if all this "creative effort" had gone into humanitarian affairs, the world might be a better place ...
(naive, i know, but one may always dream ...)

2 Oct 2014 4:36pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

The black adds to its interest and intensity

2 Oct 2014 6:57pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

A M A Z I N G !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 Oct 2014 7:40pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Gorgeous capture of this standout specimen!!

2 Oct 2014 10:44pm

L'angevine from Angers, France


3 Oct 2014 7:26am