Air Vanguard: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

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Crickmore. The legendary SR-71 Blackbird, a Cold War-era strategic reconnaissance aircraft, left its indelible mark on aviation history despite a mere 32 units having been manufactured. Indeed, on a single day (July 28, 1974), the Blackbird set the world record for both the highest sustained flight altitude (85,069 feet) and the fastest operational manned aircraft (2,193 mph). Interestingly, because of its unmatched speed, the strategy when detecting a surface-to-air missile launch was simple: outrun it. To the dismay of numerous famous aviators, including John Glenn, the SR-71 was officially retired in 1999.

Learn the intimate details of the iconic aircraft with this thoroughly researched and colorfully illustrated volume, including technical information and photography, operational history, world records held, and more! 64 pages, 200+ color photos, 7¼"x 9¾", softcover.