SR-71 BLACKBIRD with DRONE 1:72
The SR-71; with its impressive and unorthodox appearance; is the younger sister of the U-2 with the Important difference that it is built to perform its duties at MACH 3.5. U.S. STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND has stated that the BLACKBIRD is still holding the world’s speed record. It can cross the United States in less than an.hour. The SR-71s have been used in all the countries of the world; flying over Cuba; China; Vietnam; Middle East etc in times of international tension or of local conflicts; even operating in Okinawa; Thailand and the Philippines. It is today’s most sophisticated spy aircraft.
The Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force. It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance 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, including Blackbird 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.