The thrill of flying the SR-71 Blackbird

I can tell you about the SR-71 Blackbird's titanium frame, its Pratt&Whitney J58-P4 engines, or its genesis. But that's not important. What really matters is the thrill of flying it in an extremely dangerous mission, as remembered by this pilot.—JD » 1/10/15 7:33pm 1/10/15 7:33pm

The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h). Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird took off. It's still the world's fastest airplane with a speed of 2,193 mph (3,530 km/h.) This fascinating video explains its top secret engine technology. » 12/21/14 11:42am 12/21/14 11:42am

Rare photos of the SR-71 Blackbird show its amazing history

The SR-71 Blackbird is, without a doubt, the most advanced airplane ever built in relation to the technology available at the time. It broke all aviation records, it flew incredible missions, and it became the stuff of legend. Lockheed Martin published its history in this collection of high resolution scans of old… » 12/12/14 11:18am 12/12/14 11:18am

This is the amazing Lockheed Martin SR-72—the space Blackbird

This Is The Man Who Made The First Supersonic Parachute Jump, Just Not…

We're all pretty excited about the Red Bull-sponsored supersonic, stratospheric jump that Felix Baumgartner will be making this weekend. And while Baumgartner will likely be setting all sorts of man-outside-of-an-airplane speed records, it's worth looking back at the man who did it first, back in 1966. Even if doing… » 10/12/12 2:00pm 10/12/12 2:00pm

How Do You Transport a Super-Secret Plane When You Can't Fly It?

In a giganormous wooden box, that's how. This is how Lockheed Martin was transporting this ultra-secret A-12 OXCART—the precursor of the SR-71 Blackbird— developed under the supervision of the CIA. » 6/18/11 11:45am 6/18/11 11:45am

The Fastest An AMC Marlin Has Ever Looked

Just for fun, here's a 1965 AMC Marlin parked in front of a decommissioned Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Interesting fact: the two are roughly the same age — the Blackbird was introduced into service in 1966. [AMCRC] » 8/04/10 1:30pm 8/04/10 1:30pm

Wind-Powered Car Proves Internet Naysayers Wrong

This is Blackbird, it's a wind-powered car designed by an aerodynamicist to end a longstanding internet debate, namely, 'Can you go downwind faster than the wind?' Using high-tech designs and precise instrumentation, Blackbird proves you can. » 7/05/10 2:00pm 7/05/10 2:00pm

No, This Isn't An X-Wing Factory

Although it may look like the Rebel Alliance factory floor, those are SR-71 Blackbirds being built. We lovingly lifted the shot from Gizmodo's cool feature yesterday — written by an actual Blackbird pilot. Check it out if you haven't already. » 4/08/10 10:00am 4/08/10 10:00am

Transformers 2 Call Sheet Leaked, Confirms Even More Autobots To Roll…

EXT SHANGHAI STEEL YARD Strike force in hummers & Trikes pull off HazMat suits EXT SHANGHAI SIDE STREET Kids run up to get ice cream. DOLLY FRONT SHOT Chinese kids. Headlight flare. THIN TRACK RIG BETWEEN KIDS TRUCK DIGITAL PASS THRU in front of Chinese kids. Wind kicks up. Two halves of Ice Cream Truck. One spins.… » 6/11/08 4:20pm 6/11/08 4:20pm