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Portions of the inner wing & fuselage surfaces are longitudinally corrugated rather than smooth, to allow the titanium to return to shape after enduring the heating & cooling cycle of every flight (a smooth surface would've buckled).

Portions of the inner wing & fuselage surfaces are longitudinally corrugated rather than smooth, to allow the titanium to return to shape after enduring the heating & cooling cycle of every flight (a smooth surface would've buckled).

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Lockheed Blackbird: A left side view of the Blackbird aircraft on display.

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

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

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The Blackbird is, without a doubt, the most advanced airplane ever built in relation to the technology available at the time. It broke all aviation records, it flew incredible missions, and it became the stuff of legend.

Designed by aircraft legend Kelley Johnson at Lockheed's "Skunk Works" facility in Burbank, Calif., the SR-71A Blackbird first took to the skies on December 22, 1964, at Palmdale after seemingly impossible 20-month development process.

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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird nose section, taken at Duxford, September, 2014. I have…

Lockheed Blackbird nose section, taken at Duxford, September, I have the autograph of a Blackbird pilot on a Duxford aviation ticket. Contact me if you want to buy it.

The final of 12 ordered by the CIA A-12 "Oxcart" is seen in production at the Skunk Works plant in Burbank, California (June 1964). Equipped with twin Pratt & Whitney J-58 engines, the A-12 reached speeds of Mach 3.35 (2,210 mph) at 75,000 feet. Its service ceiling was 95,000.

The final of 12 ordered by the CIA "Oxcart" is seen in production at the Skunk Works plant in Burbank, California (June Equipped with twin Pratt & Whitney engines, the reached speeds of Mach mph) at feet. Its service ceiling was

Lockheed A-12, precursor of the SR-71 Blackbird

Blackbird Article 134 carrying a drone at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.

The first Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird arrived at Beale Air Force Base in January 1966, and Beale remained the aircraft's home base for the next 24 years.

The first Lockheed Blackbird arrived at Beale Air Force Base in January and Beale remained the aircraft's home base for the next 24 years.

Setting Records with the SR-71 Blackbird

Blackbird and X-35B parked together in a hangar at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Palmdale, California.

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

Blackbird and parked together in a hangar at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Palmdale, California. The now resides at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport.

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