The SR-71 is a reconnaissance aircraft and not a fighter plane. It was built in a time in which there were no satellite reconnaissance. Who wanted to know what happened in Siberia, had to fly over the area. Reconnaissance aircraft U-2 should actually operate outside of the reach of the air defence of the USSR. In 1960, a Jet was shot down, the Pilot captured and brought to justice – a humiliation for the United States and a political setback. The Intrusion into the airspace was a clear breach of international law.

So the United States needed a Jet that could operate faster and, above all, even higher than the U-2. The SR-71 reached 26.000 meters. Your crew of two, the flights completed in a type of space suits. Due to their high speed, you should be able to missile escape. Due to the sensational performance data, the mysterious operations and not least because of the stunning Designs, the SR-71 cult status reached.

in Total, were built only 32 aircraft. Was flown the SR-71 from 1964 to 1998. Because of their extremely high operating costs she was put out of service. The predecessor, the U-2 Dragon Lady is still in service.

F-35 against previous F-16 test battle ends with a clear defeat of the High-Tech Fighters

The series of glitches, the F-35 is a Chapter richer. The new Stealth Fighter the United States had to compete against his predecessor. In air combat the F-16 defeated the new F-35 effortlessly, reported the shocked Test-Pilot.

Gernot Kramper

Today, the SR-71 is mainly because of the powerplant interesting. It should be so built that it could work at high speeds than a Ramjet or ramjet work without a compressor engine. The Ramjet technology is regarded as the key technology to ultra-fast Jets build. China has only recently announced this technology in missiles.

In the branch of the National Air and Space Museum at the Dulles Airport, you can admire and other treasures. There is a Cathedral of the air travel was established.

Here is a black Lockheed SR-71.

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Blackbird, Concorde, and space Shuttle: The external unit of the National Air and Space Museum is home to the rarities of the largest Aircraft collections in the world. This was at the Dulles Airport in Washington, built no Hangar, but a Cathedral of the air travel.

By Till Bartels