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 1:39am 12/21/14 1:39am

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 9:00am 12/12/14 9:00am

The Ultimate Ground Speed Check - Tales from the Blackbird

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

SR-71 stitched shots from the Pima Air And Space Museum

Figured I would share. I have a couple of ultralarge stitched pictures of the SR-71 at my local air and space museum just sitting on my Dropbox now Flickr, account. The pictures are huge, and while not my finest work, I have to imagine that there are a few SR-71 fans here. I use Hugin to stitch my photos for those… » 8/06/13 4:36pm 8/06/13 4:36pm

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

Ford Stealth Police Interceptor Is A Badass Blacked-Out Cruiser

Ford brought a stealth version of its Police Interceptor to SEMA, sporting blacked-out lenses, a one-inch suspension drop and wider tires. Perfect for undercover work, except for, you know, the chrome-rimmed wheels and bright-red brake calipers. » 11/02/10 12:30pm 11/02/10 12:30pm

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

SR-71 Parking: Like Car Parking, But More Awesome

Because if you had eleven SR-71 Blackbirds, you'd arrange 'em all pretty and take a nice picture, too. And then you'd go hauling off into the sky like a supersonic, globetrotting bat out of hell. Technology rocks. [Lockheed Martin/Flickr] » 6/04/10 4:30pm 6/04/10 4:30pm

My, What Pretty, Razor-Thin Wings You Have

Fifty years ago this month, Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the USSR in his Lockheed U-2. The legendary spy plane outlived its successor and is still flying today. To paraphrase Iceman, "We like you because you're dangerous." Amen. » 5/11/10 5:15pm 5/11/10 5:15pm

How To Fly An SR-71 Blackbird

We've read what it feels like to fly the SR-71 Blackbird. Now learn how to do it yourself. Here's the Air Force's official, and recently declassified, operations manual for the gorgeous, evil-looking spy plane. Who wants to go 2112 mph? » 5/06/10 3:00pm 5/06/10 3:00pm

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

SR-71 Blackbird Start Cart: Nailhead Power!

Everyone knows about the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, with its beyond-insane performance and alien-technology appearance, but not a lot of thought goes into the mundane question of how you start the engines on the thing. Enter the AG-330 Start Cart! Packing a pair of torquegasmic Buick 401 nailheads, the AG-330 had a… » 6/26/07 5:30pm 6/26/07 5:30pm