SR-71 Blackbird

SR-71 Blackbird Here lives the "Bat out of Hell"
The SR-71 Blackbird:

General characteristics

* Crew: 2
* Payload: 3,500 lb (1,600 kg) of sensors
* Length: 107 ft 5 in (32.74 m)
* Wingspan: 55 ft 7 in (16.94 m)
* Height: 18 ft 6 in (5.64 m)
* Wing area: 1,800 ft2 (170 m2)
* Empty weight: 67,500 lb (30 600 kg)
* Loaded weight: 170,000 lb (77 000 kg)
* Max takeoff weight: 172,000 lb (78 000 kg)
* Powerplant: 2× Pratt & Whitney J58-1 continuous-bleed afterburning turbojets, 32,500 lbf (145 kN) each
* Wheel track: 16 ft 8 in (5.08 m)

* Wheel base: 37 ft 10 in (11.53 m)
* Aspect ratio: 1.7


* Maximum speed: Mach 3.2+ (2,200+ mph, 3530+ km/h) at 80,000 ft (24,000 m)
* Range:
o Combat: 2,900 nmi (5400 km)
o Ferry: 3,200 nmi (5,925 km)
* Service ceiling 85,000 ft (25,900m, 16 mi)
* Rate of climb: 11,810 ft/min (60 m/s)
* Wing loading: 94 lb/ft2 (460 kg/m2)
* Thrust/weight: 0.382


There were a number of features in the SR-71 that were designed to reduce its radar signature. The first studies in radar stealth technology seemed to indicate that a shape with flattened, tapering sides would reflect most radar away from the place where the radar beams originated. To this end, the radar engineers suggested adding chines to the design and canting the vertical control surfaces inward. The plane also used special radar-absorbing materials which were incorporated into sawtooth shaped sections of the skin of the aircraft, as well as cesium-based fuel additives to reduce the exhaust plumes' visibility on radar.

The overall effectiveness of these designs is still debated; Ben Rich's team could show that the radar return was, in fact, reduced, but Kelly Johnson later conceded that Russian radar technology was advancing faster than the "anti-radar" technology Lockheed was using to counter it. The SR-71 made its debut years before Pyotr Ya. Ufimtsev's ground-breaking research made possible today's stealth technologies, and, despite Lockheed's best efforts, the SR-71 was still easy to track by radar and had a huge infrared signature when cruising at Mach 3.2 or more. It was visible on air traffic control radar for hundreds of miles, even when not using its transponder. SR-71s were evidently detected by radar, as missiles were often fired at them. The flight characteristics of the SR-71 made it almost invulnerable during its service life; not one was shot down, despite over 4,000 attempts to do so.

Israel in the USA

Relatable. First of its kind. Should be interesting.

Watch live as SpaceIL makes history by landing Beresheet on the Moon! Today, Israel becomes the 4th country to ever land a craft on the Moon's surface.


We Are The Mighty
We Are The Mighty

We Are The Mighty

Neil Armstrong himself was among the test pilots.

Daniel Alarik
Daniel Alarik

Daniel Alarik

I'd add a highly disciplined infantry unit to this list.



These images are of T-38 USAF Test Pilot School aircraft flying faster than the speed of sound (767 mph). No they are not photoshopped. Using new NASA air to air schlieren photographic technology which shoots 1,400 frames per second, people are able to see how the airplanes create waves when air molecules begin to compress because they are flying faster than the speed of sound. These images were taken about 2,000 feet above the aircraft.

Why Was This Plane Invulnerable: The SR-71 Blackbird Story

Lot of informational videos of this kind on YouTube lately. This was well made.

The Cold War locked the United States and Soviet Union into a tense struggle for global influence and control. The first purpose-built American spy plane to ...

It's always nice to be remembered!!
Grunt Style

It's always nice to be remembered!!

1900 knots!

"Air Power, Ground Power" - By page fan Jennifer Egista Artistry Drawing realized with Watercolors Maimeri and Colored P...

"Air Power, Ground Power" - By page fan Jennifer Egista Artistry

Drawing realized with Watercolors Maimeri and Colored Pencils Faber-Castell Polychromos and Prismacolor Premier on Fabriano Tiepolo paper.
Dimensions: 20x27 inches.


Righting the wrongs of First Man.

"I'm still goin' upstairs like a bat out of hell!"


Walk on home boy!!
We Are The Mighty

Walk on home boy!!

These pilots definitely gave air traffic controllers a reason to smile that day.

Doctrine Man
Doctrine Man

Doctrine Man

Today marks 71 years since @GenChuckYeager "rocketed past the sound barrier." Never a doubt he had the Right Stuff.


Totally forgot to post this earlier: Yours truly was at a McDonald's in DC the other night munching on apple pie and coffee with friends. The next table over, are kids wearing an SR-71 Blackbird t-shirt and discussing this very page. I couldn't help but overhear their conversation and chuckle within.

If only they'd known who was eavesdropping!!

Doctrine Man
Doctrine Man

Doctrine Man

If you have a grand just sitting around doing nothing... have I got a deal for you.

Read and drool!It wasn't always 'LA Speed Check' for Major Brian Shul. One of our own got to sit down with the man (and ...
Meet the man who flew the SR-71 Blackbird—the world’s fastest jet

Read and drool!

It wasn't always 'LA Speed Check' for Major Brian Shul.

One of our own got to sit down with the man (and managed to not drop their jaw in awe - I can imagine goosebumps at Mach 3.2! 😉) to get us this piece of... er... um... ah... SPEED!

Pilot Brian Shul discusses his unique trajectory—in life and in flight—ahead of his Hiller Museum event

Received from a follower. If anyone's interested.
PRE-ORDER - Limited Edition SR-71 Blackbird SetSigned by Six Pilots

Received from a follower. If anyone's interested.

PRE ORDER LISTING FOR DELIVERY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Limited Edition SR-71 Blackbird Coin set. Limited to only 71 sets worldwide, this is your chance to own a stunning collectible coin set that includes the signatures of six SR-71 Blackbird pilots! Taking centre stage is a 2.5" coin featuring the famous�...

Never gets old!!!
SR-71 Blackbird Pilot Trolls Arrogant Fighter Pilot with Ground Speed Check.

Never gets old!!!

This may be the single greatest aviation story ever told, it's about the iconic SR-71 Blackbird whose full operating specs are still classified to this day. The story, from the now out-of-print book Sled Driver by former SR-71 jockey Brian Shul (available used on Amazon for just $700). Here’s the ...

Doctrine Man
Doctrine Man

Doctrine Man

“The thing was fast as a whip and built like a butterfly,” says [Frank] Murray. “And with that huge wing, the easiest plane I’ve ever landed. The brakes weren’t worth a sh*t, but we had a 40-foot drag chute, so that helped.”

Here comes the (possible) successor. Decades after I hung my boots!
We Are The Mighty

Here comes the (possible) successor. Decades after I hung my boots!

Meet the SR-72.

Business Insider
Business Insider

Business Insider

The jet could outfly any missile fired at it.

AviationDirect Easyplan


The LA Speed Story. Thanks for this brilliant video clip Karl Jensen !

We Are The Mighty
We Are The Mighty

We Are The Mighty

Ever wonder what it's like to eject from an SR-71 at supersonic speed?

America, Hell Yeah
America, Hell Yeah

America, Hell Yeah

Still one of the best aviation stories in history and a great re-read.

25 Mind Boggling Facts About the SR-71. #12 Made Me Wince. [VIDEO]
25 Mind Boggling Facts About the SR-71. #12 Made Me Wince. [VIDEO]

25 Mind Boggling Facts About the SR-71. #12 Made Me Wince. [VIDEO]

The SR-71 Blackbird is a total badass. It was the nation's preeminent spy plane for more than 30 years and served as the gatekeeper between the era of spy plans and spy satellites. But what really mattered was that the thing flat out hauls serious butt. When you make the fastest plane

Is it #Hot in here or is it just me? ;)

Is it #Hot in here or is it just me? ;)


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