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I know it is past Friday, but I wanted to finish my series. Too busy over the weekend to get on line and do this! This is the SR-71 "Blackbird". It is a high altitude supersonic recon aircraft. Revolutionary when it was built in the early 70's, it was used until 1993. The Blackbird could cruise at 85,000 feet altitude at a speed of 2150 MPH! To give you an idea, that is 64 minutes from LA to Washington DC, 1 hour 55 minutes from New York to London or 3 hours and 45 minutes for LA to London. It was never shot down and outran 642 missles that were shot at it!
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Apr 17 2012 01:16 GMT peterpinhole
Great series. Interesting info on this sleek and speedy aircraft.
Apr 17 2012 02:24 GMT sunrise99
Apr 17 2012 02:52 GMT sunrise99
I dare say here tactical recon TR-1A based on the U-2R model. Primary users - CIA ..
Apr 17 2012 04:49 GMT Annamaria
Great series!!
Apr 17 2012 14:42 GMT hans55 PRO
the famous blackbird !!
Apr 17 2012 15:44 GMT elsje323
great serie!!
Apr 18 2012 00:36 GMT Myshots
Excellent shot, and in full screen you can read the writting on the side....Fantastic...
Apr 18 2012 01:46 GMT dougrun PRO
You are so correct! I posted the wrong photo. Please excuse my error and good catch on your part!!
Apr 18 2012 06:49 GMT Pea2007
Interesting aircraft.
Apr 20 2012 02:47 GMT nzshutter PRO
Outstanding series Doug!! Awesome shots indeed.

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