Hello, airplane fans!

The SR-71 Blackbird was the main secret service aircraft in controlling Communism, and was greatly loved by its pilots.  It was used mainly during the Cold War.  Many air museums will have it, such as Evergreen, The Museum of Flight, National Air and Space Museum, and perhaps Udvar Hazy.

Blackbird for web

Airplane Characteristics:

Maker of Aircraft: Lockheed

First Flown: 1964

Crew: 2

Flown in Combat?: Vietnam War, Operation Eldorado Canyon, Cold War

Maximum Speed: 2000 m.p.h.

Range: 2,983 miles

Service Ceiling: 80,000 feet

Dimensions: Wingspan 55 feet 7 inches, wing area 1,605 square feet, length 107 feet 5 inches, height 18 feet 6 inches.

Used in Countries: USA, Okinawa, UK

Designated the RS-71 Blackbird, it was called the SR-71 Blackbird after President Lyndon B. Johnson accidentally called it the wrong thing.  The aircraft is still often remembered as the main spyplane that helped the U.S. defeat the Soviet Union.

Forty-eight years have passed since it was first flown, and most are still in tip-top shape, despite being retired.  Now, the main aircraft patrolling enemy skies are such airplanes as the Global Hawk, and now even satellites are being largely used for such matters.  Once thought to be the greatest aircraft invention during the free-spending Reagan years, the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is now being forced to go through many changes.  One main problem is that the pilots don’t have good enough G-suits, so many were passing out.  But many are still patrolling home skies.  Other main aerocraft in home skies is the now retiring McDonnell Douglas (later changed to Boeing) F-15 Eagle, the General Dynamics (later Lockheed Martin) F-16 Fighting Falcon (a.k.a. Viper), the McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) F-18 Hornet/Super Hornet, and the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.  Many great airplanes are still in the sky.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

Have a great day!

Isaiah