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More: Washington - Dulles International (IAD / KIAD)
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A visitor from - posted Sun May 5, 2013:
Long story short, originally it was supposed to be called the RS-71 for Recon/Strike. Someone mixed the letters up. Lockheed decided to stay with the mix up, in hopes of striking fear into the hearts of the Soviets. By the way, good capture.

A visitor from - posted Tue October 11, 2011:
Still holds the record for the fastest plane to date if I'm not mistaken.

A visitor from United States posted Fri January 22, 2010:
It was the worlds fastest spy plane.

A visitor from Australia posted Fri January 22, 2010:
It wasn't a stealth fighter, it was a reconnaissance aircraft and was used for spying.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Thu January 21, 2010:
Great plane, whish I had seen it!
By the way, SR71 is a spyplane (and successor of U2), not a fighter...

A visitor from United States posted Wed January 23, 2008:
Great capture of a historical moment... was the sr-71 america's first stealth fighter? we may never know...

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