Sorry CIA: The A-12 Spy Plane Couldn’t Beat the SR-71 Blackbird
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Sebastien Roblin

SR-71, Americas

The SR-71 was actually slightly less stealthy and high-flying than the A-12, but had different intelligence-gathering technology.

Here's What You Need to Remember: For years, there were rumors of an even faster spy plane, the Aurora, but its existence seems unlikely at this point. Rather, the Pentagon relies on drones and satellites if it needs to cast an eye on a well-defended location. Why risk lives and diplomatic incidents using manned aircraft?

The sleek...


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