Gary on November 22nd, 2014
The Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft.
I saw one of these close-up at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, AZ.
It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division.
Top speed: 2,200 mph (3,540 km/h)
Unit cost: 33,000,000–33,000,000 USD (1966)
Engine type: Pratt & Whitney J58
Designer: Kelly Johnson
Manufacturers: Lockheed Corporation, Skunk Works