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The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Long-Range Mach 3+ Strategic Reconnaissance Aircraft As Seen Through One Of The Great Golden Age Of Cable TV Documentaries, Featuring Stunning Color Archival Films Of One Of History's Great Planes From Its Being Tested And Built At The Factory To Its In-Flight Service In The World's Skies! An Hour Of Historical Aviation Adventure, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1989, 45 Minutes.) #WarJets #PropsAndJets #LockheedSR71Blackbird #Blackbird #Habu #SR71 #Reconnaissance #ReconnaissanceAircraft #AerialReconnaissance #UnitedStatesAirForce #USAF #BlackProjects #Stealth #StealthTechnology #SkunkWorks #KellyJohnson #DVD #MP4 #VideoDownload
December 22, 1964: The first test flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird) took place at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. 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 were detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and outfly the missile. The SR-71 was one of the first aircraft to be 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, but none were lost to enemy action. The SR-71 has been given several nicknames, including "Blackbird" and "Habu". Since 1976, it has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft, a record previously held by the related Lockheed YF-12.