Will the Air Force Ever Get an SR-72 Spy Plane?
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Sebastien Roblin

SR-71, Americas

No manned aircraft in operational service has matched the remarkable long-distance Mach 3 cruises of the Blackbird.

Here's What You Need to Know: The SR-72 depicted in Lockheed’s concept art was described as capable of cruising at six times the speed of sound.

Hypersonic weapons—those capable of flying over five times the speed of sound—are the hot new buzz word of defense industrial complexes across the globe. China, Russia and the United States have all...


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