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A visitor from - posted Sat June 8, 2013:
More vivid details.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue May 17, 2011:
An amazing photo catching the power from the engines on an amazing aircraft

A visitor from United States posted Sat February 19, 2011:
Very intense best 1960s jet made buy skunksworth ever

A visitor from - posted Thu January 27, 2011:
What sexy thrust!! You could cook a steak on that :) and the undercarriage is being retracted really early after takeoff! Nice :D

A visitor from - posted Wed January 5, 2011:
I can only accept them withdrawing from operating these old fast birds in one condition: Build new ones.

And Aurora, too

A visitor from United States posted Mon November 15, 2010:
Witness the raw power of this aeronautical marvel!

A visitor from - posted Tue December 29, 2009:
Is that you Jetfire? ;) Best aircraft for me

A visitor from Australia posted Wed August 26, 2009:
That is the best picture i have seen.

A visitor from Mauritius posted Mon September 29, 2008:
This is the most beautiful aircraft that i ever seen. It´s look like a space ship taken from "star wars" movie. Maybe this is not is good angle, but... it´s a very beautiful machine anyway.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri July 4, 2008:
When the dream becomes reality ... it's an american dream one of the greatest plane ever

A visitor from Spain posted Wed May 28, 2008:
I find no words...Blackbird at full thrust take off.
Anything else?
Yes,pls,keep 'em flying!

A visitor from United States posted Sun March 9, 2008:
Sweet! I like the red exhaust.

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 29, 2008:
I love the afterburner, thats the best part. And i love this plane, the most amazing plane ever. I alson have pics of it and it is on my FSX game

A visitor from United States posted Thu July 26, 2007:
Awesome picture. This SR71 is on static display outdoors at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX. I have walked around it many times. Kind of sad to see it out cooking in the sun for years on end.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon July 23, 2007:
Excellent photograph, really captures the power of the Blackbird, the orange of the reheat stands out. I was there that day and can remember very clearly its startling acceleration.

A visitor from - posted Fri July 13, 2007:
Awesome, awesome picture just everything about it is great.

A visitor from United States posted Sat July 7, 2007:
Probably the best aircraft ever built i dont think we will see any like this again in this life time the skunkworks did an absolutely amazing job with the slide ruler no computer aided design work here

A visitor from United States posted Wed May 30, 2007:
Nice view of the engines and after burners. perfect lighting.

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 10, 2007:
Awesome image

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed February 28, 2007:
Wooow!! blinking cool afterburners!

A visitor from India posted Sun January 14, 2007:
The blackbird is nothing less than 5 stars itself. This photo like any other of the SR71 is a trribute to all those who have pushed the boundaries of aviation.

A visitor from United States posted Mon January 1, 2007:
Still out of this world, even today!

A visitor from United States posted Mon December 25, 2006:
This jet is so fast it takes about 5 states to turn full speed,outstanding pic the afterburners makes the pic so awsome

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Sat November 18, 2006:
Photo taken over 20 years ago with a regular camera! Excellent quality and moment! Not everyday and everywhere you can see this beautiful Black Bird today. I have seen it only once in my life in the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Five stars!

A visitor from United States posted Thu October 26, 2006:
Very dramatic, rare daytime takeoff photo of the timeless Blackbird.

A visitor from Canada posted Fri August 18, 2006:
Way to go Kelly Johnson and Skunkworks!!

A visitor from Canada posted Sat July 22, 2006:
The SR71 is a tough jet to fly. This picture is excellent because not only is the clarity very good but it's showing some major rudder deflection.

A visitor from Singapore posted Sun July 2, 2006:
Coooooooooooooool!i love it!

A visitor from Spain posted Mon June 12, 2006:
This is my favorite plane and this photo is very nice

A visitor from United States posted Mon June 5, 2006:
WOW! This is cool, the after burner is like so long! Wonder what would happen if there was grass near by.

A visitor from United States posted Sat June 3, 2006:
What a beautiful shot. I love the afterburners.

A visitor from - posted Sat May 13, 2006:
Its rare to get a picture of an SR-71 taking off at full afterburner... a real treat.

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 12, 2006:
Fantastic pic of the old bird.

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 12, 2006:
Wow, great shot!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri May 12, 2006:
Blackbird in reheat is always going to be 5 stars

A visitor from - posted Sun May 7, 2006:
Would you like your runway regular or extra-crispy? :-)

A visitor from - posted Fri May 5, 2006:
Great photo

A visitor from Belgium posted Sat April 1, 2006:
If only these moments could come back... priceless!!

A visitor from Poland posted Wed March 15, 2006:
Fotos is super

A visitor from Virgin Islands, U.s. posted Sat March 4, 2006:
Great picture

A visitor from Germany posted Sat February 25, 2006:

A visitor from France posted Mon January 30, 2006:
What an afterburner !! Awesome !
Fantastic heat blur, dramatic shot... And very nice quality for an argentic photo ! Next time, please order nice weather ! :-)

A visitor from United States posted Sat January 28, 2006:
Lockheed has made some amazing planes, but the Blackbird is one of my favorites. It's an absolute classic in all time.

A visitor from Switzerland posted Wed January 25, 2006:
Just brilliant... Nothing more to say than: the US more particularly Lockheed have always been the best in the military market! Don't come and talk about Airbus and those stupid Russian stuff. Definitely US airplane makers are due to be the best for at least the next few decades perhaps centuries.

A visitor from Singapore posted Fri January 20, 2006:
I don't know about you aviation fans out there but to me, this Thing still looks Very 21st. century-ish despite it's premature retirement from the USAF more than ten years ago. Every angle of this venerable bird screams Blazing Speed. Thank You Derek, for sharing a Great photo.

A visitor from Singapore posted Fri January 20, 2006:
I don't know about you aviation fans out there, but to me, this Thing still looks Very 21st. century-ish even though long retired. Every angle of this venerable bird screams Blazing Speed. Thank You Derek, for sharing a Great photo.

A visitor from France posted Thu January 19, 2006:
Of course, this shot is "non digital era" and you can easyly notice the "pattern of the photo paper" threw the scan processus... But you know what ? It's a Blackbird while taking-off ! And I would pay to see that in real !!!

Great bird, long after-burner, light banking and gear begining to be retracted : a powerful composition.

5 stars, no less.

A visitor from - posted Sat January 14, 2006:
Great tribute to Kelly Johnson and all of Skunk Works

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri January 13, 2006:
What a great shot of a fantastic aircraft.

A visitor from Sweden posted Fri January 13, 2006:
Nice picture, the afterburner effects looks awesome. I will definitely buy one of those when i become a multi billionaire. At least if i can persuade The USAF to sell one :). By the way, my father knows the guy who survived exiting one of those in mach 3+ or whatever it was.

A visitor from Switzerland posted Wed January 11, 2006:
My personal favorite! wish they'd still fly...

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 8, 2006:
Wow. That thing looks OLD

A visitor from United States posted Fri December 30, 2005:
Awesome shot! The SR-71 has always been one of my favorites planes.

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