Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird cover
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The SR-71 represents the very pinnacle of Cold War aircraft design and it has become an aviation icon. Together with its predecessor, the A-12, the Blackbird was a giant leap into the technical unknown and the design employed many forms of new technology made necessary by the excesses of speed, altitude and temperature to which the aircraft was subjected. Throughout its 34-year Air Force career, the SR-71 proved itself to be the world's fastest and highest flying operational manned aircraft. It set a number of world records for altitude and speed, including an absolute altitude record of 85,069ft on 28 July 1974, and an absolute speed record of 2,193.2mph the same day. This truly was a unique and ground-breaking aircraft, whose fascinating design history is explored here in full and illuminated with photographs and detailed technical illustrations.

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Published 20 Jun 2015
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781472804921
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 25 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Air Vanguard
Short code AVG 20
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Paul F. Crickmore

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