SR-71 Blackbird’s first test flight was slated for 22nd December, 1964 and since it has been a little more than 50 years, we think you all should know these 20 facts that pertain to this amazing spy plane.
20. Even though it hasn’t flown in 15 years, it’s still the official record holder for fastest manned jet-powered aircraft.
Each of the Blackbird’s twin Pratt & Whitney J58 jet engines can crank out 34,000 pounds of thrust. It has about the same power as an ocean liner.
It is over 105ft long.
A-12 was operated by CIA and is a predecessor to the SR-71.
More than 1,000 missiles have tried over the course of plane’s service.
8. It could photograph an entire swath of North Korea in seven minutes.
6. While the plane’s details and its missions were extremely sensitive, the plane itself wasn’t really a secret.
President Johnson announced the existence of a 2,000 mph plane publicly in February 1964.