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61-7979 (cn 2030) Of the 9th SRW, Beale AFB, California, seen departing RIAT 85 in spectacular style. Presently preserved at Lackland AFB, Texas.
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A visitor from - posted Mon April 16, 2012:
If you thought this plane was an expensive white elephant, WITH, the air-to-air fuel-up, just think what it would have cost to try and develope a fuel that would power the engines, maintain it's altitude, AND it's amazing speed; WELL !!For the record, over half of the planes development funds went into it's fuel!! Besides with it's ability to travel randomly around the planet,(unlike a spy satellite) at amazing height's it took many pic's of terrorist camps while they were totally unaware.

A visitor from France posted Fri October 14, 2011:
Wow! It's a shame we don't have the sound...

A visitor from Kazakhstan posted Sun September 26, 2010:
And best budget money waster. This unique plane uses unique fuel by unique price. It's flight envelope includes take off with empty tanks and air refuelling.
It is true White Elefant.

A visitor from United States posted Mon June 7, 2010:
Usa aircraft should always be the best in the world.
best design, best engingeering, best everything?

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu April 1, 2010:
Anybody at FFD on that practice day in 1985 witnessed the truly awsome power of a Habu unleased . I can still remember those diamond afterburner shockwaves .BLACKBIRDS FOREVER .

A visitor from United States posted Sat December 6, 2008:
Wicked!!! the sr-71 blackbrid is my favorite.

A visitor from United States posted Wed August 27, 2008:
That's what I've wanted to see, a Blackbird in flight, great shot

A visitor from United States posted Thu May 24, 2007:
An SR-&1! And in flight! Good lord it just gets better and better

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 30, 2007:
Yeah I was wondering the same thing....

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 21, 2007:
No afterburner for the #2 engine?

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