Range Tracking

Birthday for a Spy

The Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird spy plane is celebrating its birthday this month. The plane first flew on 22 December 1964 and almost every flight in its long history set a record before its retirement in 1998. Able to fly at over three times the speed of sound, the Blackbird on display in the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center flew across the Unites States from coast-to-coast in one hour, four minutes, and twenty-seconds. According to Lockheed Martin, “The Blackbird was and remains the world’s fastest and highest-flying manned aircraft….

Most importantly, the aircraft delivered on its strategic responsibilities, providing the United States detailed, mission-critical reconnaissance for more than two decades. Only a select few know the true extent of the role the Blackbird’s intelligence played in the Cold War. But its legacy as a game-changer will be admired for generations.”
My photos of the SR-71 Blackbird on display at the Smithsonian include the Space Shuttle Discovery partially obscured in the background. The photos are from a visit to see Discovery at http://www.lunarcabin.com/Shuttle/end_of_shuttle_program_21.html

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