A Flying Relic of the Cold War

The SR-71 Blackbird, developed from the A-12 aircraft, first flew in 1964 until it was eventually retired in 1998. A high-altitude spy plane, the SR-71 has held the Air Speed Record since 1976 for flying 2,193mph, could fly 26,000 miles high, and was used during the Cold War to take surveillance photographs of targets within the Soviet Union, although it served in many other areas of the world as well. While many people believe that spy satellites can do the same task easier and better than spy planes such as the SR-71, the Blackbird is still an important piece of Cold War and aviation history.

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