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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird by GeneralTate Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird by GeneralTate

The Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" is a long-rangeMach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force. It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. American aerospace engineer Clarence "Kelly" Johnson was responsible for many of the design's innovative concepts. During aerial reconnaissance missions, the SR-71 operated at high speeds and altitudes to allow it to outrace threats. If a surface-to-air missile launch was detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and outfly the missile. The SR-71 was designed with a reduced radar cross-section.

The SR-71 served with the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1998. A total of 32 aircraft were built; 12 were lost in accidents and none lost to enemy action. The SR-71 has been given several nicknames, includingBlackbird and Habu. It has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft since 1976; this record was previously held by the related Lockheed YF-12.

Role: Strategic reconnaissance aircraft 
National origin: United States
Manufacturer: LockheedSkunk Works division
Designer: Clarence "Kelly" Johnson
First flight: 22 December 1964
Introduction: 1966
Retired: 1998 (USAF), 1999 (NASA)
Status: Retired
Primary users: United States Air Force,NASA
Number built: 32
Developed from: Lockheed A-12

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:iconfroststudios45:
FROSTStudios45 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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shadowphoenixpt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Always loved this plane. Good photo.
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86pony302 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my favorite jet!
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Necroguru Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
I remember getting to see one of these just before they were completely retired at Edwards AFB in California. Truly was an amazing piece of engineering for it's time and even to this day, the only thing that I can think of that matches it for it's 'awe' inspiring look up close or at range has to be the B2 Bomber (The Flying Wing) which is still being flown out of Edwards on occasion (Saw one just yesterday as a matter of fact heh!).
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happyshorty Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome pic.
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Centurion030 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017
Amazing such a plane was designed with slide rules.
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The-Last-Dragon-Kni Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn shame these were retired, but now they would get shot down, so drones replaced her
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Russian-Fox Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
I dunno about that. 82,000 feet is a hard altitude for surface to air missiles to attain.
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:iconthe-last-dragon-kni:
The-Last-Dragon-Kni Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
But they can , and they can reach Mach 5, something the blackbird couldn't do (Though the Aurora, that may be)
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Russian-Fox Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Its still a hard feat to pull off. Firing "up hill" is quite a challenge.
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:iconthe-last-dragon-kni:
The-Last-Dragon-Kni Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
True, but we've had 30+ years to make bigger meaner missiles since the blackbird was firs seen screaming across the sky 
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well actually the real speed of the SR-71 is still to this day classified. I have heard it is capable of Mach 6-8, it's listed speed is Mach 3 but that is the listed speed. 
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The-Last-Dragon-Kni Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The skin would burn off, it's already growing by 12 feet at Mach 3, if it got any hotter and faster the titanium skin would literally ignite.
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Even the materials in which the SR-71 was made out of (at least some of them) also remain classified. Titanium was the main structural component of the airplane but not all of it, it was mixed with various other alloys. All I know is that the Blackbird still remains an illusive airplane and just when somebody claimed that they could shoot it down they got left floundering in it's supersonic wake.   
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The-Last-Dragon-Kni Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well yeah it used osmium in the turbines, that's why they were as heavy as they were, but titanium still has it's limits, Mach 4 is what that airframe could theoretically hit before it burns itself up, it has no ablator
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