The Blackbird or Habu was simply one of the greatest aircraft ever built. It flew higher and faster than any other aircraft of its time or since.
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, but none lost to enemy action. Since 1976, it has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft, a record previously held by the YF-12. Clarence "Kelly" Johnson was responsible for many innovative design concepts for both aircraft.
Developed as an advanced, long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft, The Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 aircraft.
Built by Lockheed’s Skunk Works division, both the SR-71 and its predecessor the YF-12 were shrouded in secrecy, much of the technology developed for these aircraft still is highly classified.
During 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.
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