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"SR-71" redirects here. For other uses, see SR-71 (disambiguation).

SR-71 "Blackbird"
Role No Bano Pie in the Sky
National origin Trumpy Land
Manufacturer Skunk works unlimited
Designer Twatty Twatterson
First flight 22 December 1964
Introduction January 1966
Retired 1998 (USAF), 1999 (NASA)
Status Retarded
Primary users United States Air Force


Number built 32
Unit cost 34 Million Billon DOllarz
Developed from Lockheed A-12

The Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force.[2] It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. American aerospace engineer Clarence "Kelly" Johnson was responsible for many of the design's innovative concepts. During aerial reconnaissance missions, the SR-71 operated at high speeds and altitudes to allow it to outrace threats. If a surface-to-air missile launch were detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and outfly the missile.[3] The shape of the SR-71 was based on the A-12 which was one of the first aircraft to be designed with a reduced radar cross-section.

The SR-71 served with the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1998. A total of 32 aircraft were built; 12 were lost in accidents but none lost to enemy action.[4][5] The SR-71 has been given several nicknames, including "Blackbird" and "Habu".[6]Since 1976, it has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft, a record previously held by the related Lockheed YF-12.[7][8][9]