The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

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1. imagic 3 years ago

amazing piece of engeneering !

#(removed comment) first and to stupid to write something else than "first" ?

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2. imagic 3 years ago

#(removed comment)... damn, 3rd and still to stipid to write something usefull >:)

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3. iShine 3 years ago

imagine that this is 60's tech., ive always like the blackbird, but just imagine what's now a days secret tech, just like the blackbird was back then!

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4. loscohones 3 years ago

wasnt that the old geezer decepticon? :D it looks like he did see better days after all :x

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5. Jabafara 3 years ago

One of the world's engineering beauties :O

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6. burnerboy 3 years ago

such an awesome aircraft.

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7. c0mmanderKeen 3 years ago

This thing is really awe inspiring...
But I couldnt help myself not to ask.. fossil fuels anyone ?

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8. lalafafak 3 years ago

Sexiest. Plane. Ever.

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9. Firebird 3 years ago

4:49 looks a lot like a scene from CoD Black Ops:
anyway, truly awesome machine :O

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10. Sizzlik (admin) 3 years ago

#9 lol..true..true

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11. ValdeLevis 3 years ago

#3 The Blackbird was a reconnaissance aircraft. Advances in satellite capabilities and now UAVs have superseded the SR-71. To design and build an aircraft that could match, let alone exceed the Blackbird's level of performance in today's world would not be deemed cost effective.
I've been fascinated with this plane for years just like you and even witnessed a take-off (from a distance) sadly, reality is seldom as romantic as our imagination.

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12. KikooStyle 3 years ago

1st flight in 1964 ... still an incredible aircraft in 2011.

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13. JesperA86 3 years ago

#12 First flight with the SR-71 was 64 but since the SR-71 just is a stretched version of the A-12 the first real flight was -62.

#11 Satellites can never replace airplanes, if the goverment need pictures on a sertain moment right now, etc military movement they cant wait 6-12 hours before a satellites is in the right place to take photos, and what about 1 hour after the first photo? Should they wait another 6-12 hours before the next one?

Also, high speed planes isnt just for reconnaissance, high speed planes is developed to make a cheap staged or non stage aircraft to bring stuff into low orbit,

Rest assure that the american gov have something that is way faster than the blackbird today for several reasons.....

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14. ValdeLevis 3 years ago

#13 Reconnaissance was the Blackbird's mission purpose. As I stated, satellites AND UAVs have superseded the SR-71's role in intelligence gathering. Aurora, Blackstar and Black Manta were misinformation campaigns.

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15. loadrunner 3 years ago

refeul a plane mid air is as hard as driving a car backwards 100Mh without moving left or right more then 4 inch for about 5 miles

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16. K1R 3 years ago

Blackbirds becomes so hot in the air that engineers had to make all the joints loose! so it leaks fuel while landed!

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17. oleHashow 3 years ago

#13 what about 36 hours dedicated to prepare man and mashine before flight? 6-12 hours seems quite reasonable

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18. LobsterKing 3 years ago

I want more info

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19. SamPsychedelic 3 years ago

Isnt that the plane from X-men? =P

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20. Cvejic 3 years ago

If a surface-to-air missile launch was detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and outrun the missile. 8-)