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Rare photos of the SR-71 Blackbird show its amazing history

Rare photos of the SR-71 Blackbird show its amazing history

Experimental Planes - Mach 3's. Pretty big difference in size - XB-70 Valkyrie meets SR-71 Blackbird.

Experimental Planes - Mach Pretty big difference in size - Valkyrie meets Blackbird.

Rare photos of the SR-71 Blackbird show its amazing history

Rare photos of the SR-71 Blackbird show its amazing history

The initial were built in Burbank, California. The first prototype (Serial Number was delivered to Air Force Plant 42 at Palmdale, California, on 29 October

The official first flight for CIA and USAF representatives took place on 30 April 1962, and went off smoothly. Eight days later, Lockheed test pilot Lou Schalk took the A-12 supersonic for the first time.

Rare photos of the SR-71 Blackbird show its amazing history

Blackbird) - The official first flight for CIA and USAF representatives took place on 30 April Eight days later, Lockheed test pilot Lou Schalk took the supersonic for the first time.

Rare photos of the SR-71 Blackbird show its amazing history

Rare photos of the SR-71 Blackbird show its amazing history

USAF: Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird - Just returned from another long range spying mission and about to be towed back into the hangar, the engines were still running at this time.

USAF: Lockheed Blackbird - Just returned from another long range spying mission and about to be towed back into the hangar, the engines were still running at this time.

Built and designed in the 1960s after the A-12 Oxcart, the SR-71 Blackbird is still the fastest, most vanguardist air-breathing airplane in the history of aviation. These once classified photos reveal how Lockheed built both birds in secret, in California. They look taken at the Rebel base in Hoth.

Fascinating photos reveal how they built the SR-71 Blackbird

Fascinating photos reveal how they built the Blackbird: Built and designed…

¿Cuál es el avión más rápido del mundo? Lockheed SR-71A

¿Cuál es el avión más rápido del mundo?

This Photograph is Dedicated to "Rea" a Special Lady. Rare photos of the Blackbird show its amazing history

Fascinating photos reveal how they built the SR-71 Blackbird

Fascinating photos reveal how they built the SR-71 Blackbird

The once classified photos reveal how Lockheed built three varieties of the Blackbird - A, B and C, in top secret conditions in Burbank, California, under a 'black project' - a highly classified defence project.

SR-71 Blackbird taking off. It lost fuel on the ground when the fuselage was cold. Then they refueled in the air and sped up, heating up the aircraft through friction which made the titanium expand.

Blackbird taking off. It lost fuel on the ground when the fuselage was cold. Then they refueled in the air and sped up, heating up the aircraft through friction which made the titanium expand.

This SR-71 Blackbird cockpit got more flight time than all of the other Blackbird aircraft put together, and every single Blackbird pil...

This Blackbird cockpit got more flight time than all of the other Blackbird aircraft put together, and every single SR pilot, at one point or another, had their hands on these stick and throttles. This is the one and only simulator, used.