Lockheed SR-71 BLACKBIRD

In January 1966, one of the most emblematic and enigmatic aircraft in the history of world aviation entered service. Its name: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. With its strange shape and menacing appearance, it achieved a series of flight records that remain unbeaten even today. In 1976, it set a world record by flying at 3,522 km/h at an altitude of 26,218 meters. Another curious fact occurred in September 1974 when a Blackbird made the trip between New York and London in just 1 hour 54 minutes and 56 seconds at an average speed of 2,907 km/h!. It has been the fastest aircraft and with the highest service ceiling to cross the skies and although it has been retired for more than 20 years, both its missions and its capabilities remain a closely guarded secret.

SR-71 BLACKBIRD gallery 1 and more info

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Country of origin

United States




Reconnaissance aircraft

Entered service




Combat weight

77,112 kg

Dimensions (length x wingspan x height)

32.74 x 16.94 x 5.64 meters

Power plant

2 x Pratt & Whitney J.58 (JT11D.20B) axial-flow turbojet engines, 10.41 kN (55,637 hp) dry or 14.49 kN (77,408 hp) with afterburner (each)

Power, (total)

20.82 kN (111,274 hp) dry – 28.98 kN (154,816 hp) afterburner


Max. Mach 2.88 (3,540 km/h)

Climb rate

3,600 meters per minute

Ceiling, (maximum)

25,929 meters


4,800 km at max. speed – max. ferry range: 5,230 km


SR-71A: 29 – SR-71B: 2 – SR-71C: 1