Aviation Photo #0536466 Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird - USA - Air Force

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    Derek Ferguson
    USA - Air Force
    Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird
    Lockheed A-12/YF-12/M-21/SR-71 Blackbird
    Lockheed A-12/YF-12/M-21/SR-71 Blackbird
    Lockheed
    2030
    61-7979
    Fairford
    England
    United Kingdom
    July 15, 1985
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Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome shot! The SR-71 has always been one of my favorites planes.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow. That thing looks OLD
Anonymous
11 years ago
My personal favorite! wish they'd still fly...
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a great shot of a fantastic aircraft.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great tribute to Kelly Johnson and all of Skunk Works
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Lockheed has made some amazing planes, but the Blackbird is one of my favorites. It's an absolute classic in all time.
Anonymous
11 years ago
What an afterburner !! Awesome !
Fantastic heat blur, dramatic shot... And very nice quality for an argentic photo ! Next time, please order nice weather ! :-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Cooooooooooooool
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great picture
Anonymous
11 years ago
Fotos is super
Anonymous
11 years ago
If only these moments could come back... priceless!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great photo
Anonymous
11 years ago
Would you like your runway regular or extra-crispy? :-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Blackbird in reheat is always going to be 5 stars
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow, great shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Fantastic pic of the old bird.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Its rare to get a picture of an SR-71 taking off at full afterburner... a real treat.
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a beautiful shot. I love the afterburners.
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW! This is cool, the after burner is like so long! Wonder what would happen if there was grass near by.
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is my favorite plane and this photo is very nice
Anonymous
11 years ago
Coooooooooooooool!i love it!
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Way to go Kelly Johnson and Skunkworks!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very dramatic, rare daytime takeoff photo of the timeless Blackbird.
Anonymous
11 years ago
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!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This jet is so fast it takes about 5 states to turn full speed,outstanding pic the afterburners makes the pic so awsome
Anonymous
10 years ago
Still out of this world, even today!
Anonymous
10 years ago
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.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wooow!! blinking cool afterburners!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Awesome image
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice view of the engines and after burners. perfect lighting.
Anonymous
10 years ago
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
Anonymous
10 years ago
Awesome, awesome picture just everything about it is great.
Anonymous
10 years ago
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.
Anonymous
10 years ago
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.
Anonymous
9 years ago
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
Anonymous
9 years ago
Sweet! I like the red exhaust.
Anonymous
9 years ago
I find no words...Blackbird at full thrust take off.
Anything else?
Yes,pls,keep 'em flying!
Anonymous
9 years ago
When the dream becomes reality ... it's an american dream one of the greatest plane ever
Anonymous
9 years ago
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.
Anonymous
8 years ago
That is the best picture i have seen.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Is that you Jetfire? ;) Best aircraft for me
Anonymous
7 years ago
Witness the raw power of this aeronautical marvel!
Anonymous
6 years ago
I can only accept them withdrawing from operating these old fast birds in one condition: Build new ones.




And Aurora, too
Anonymous
6 years ago
What sexy thrust!! You could cook a steak on that :) and the undercarriage is being retracted really early after takeoff! Nice :D
Anonymous
6 years ago
Very intense best 1960s jet made buy skunksworth ever
Anonymous
6 years ago
An amazing photo catching the power from the engines on an amazing aircraft
Anonymous
4 years ago
More vivid details.

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