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SR - 71 Supersonic Blackbird How to fly the worlds fastest plane
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    During the Cold War, the US Air Force operated the worlds fastest air-breathing aircraft - the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. It was a plane which flew at the edge of space; so high that most other jet engines would seize becau...
    During the Cold War, the US Air Force operated the worlds fastest
    air-breathing aircraft - the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. It was a
    plane which flew at the edge of space; so high that most other jet
    engines would seize because of the lack of air. A plane that flew so
    fast that its airframe heated and grew during flight. A plane that,
    if needed, could outrun missiles launched to bring it down.
    Amazing stories of the Cold Wars ultimate spy planeThe Lockheed
    SR-71 was a product of airplane maker Lockheeds Skunk Works, a
    secretive project which came up with some of the worlds most
    advanced aircraft. It was designed after the loss of a U-2 spyplane
    over the Soviet Union in 1960 -- a plane thought to fly too high to
    be shot down. The Blackbird would fly even higher, and at speeds of
    Mach 3.3 it would be fast enough to outrun any missile fired at
    it.From 1966 until its last mission in 1989, the Lockheed SR-71
    Blackbird flew thousands of missions around the globe, photographing
    military installations from China to Egypt, the Arctic Circle to
    North Korea. Colonel Rich Graham flew the Blackbird from 1974 until
    the mid-1980s, first as a mission pilot and then as a trainer. He
    later took command of all Blackbird detachments -- in California,
    Mildenhall in the UK and at Kadena on the Japanese
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