SR-71 Pilot Maury Rosenberg talks about the one time he decided to request a “fly-by” over the Sacramento airport on his way returning to Beale AFB- where he was going to land.
The request was eagerly approved by air tower crew and wanted them to fly “down the ramp” (much closer to the tower and other buildings)
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The Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” is the World’s Fastest & World’s First Stealth Plane
The Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force.
It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. American aerospace engineer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson was responsible for many of the design’s innovative concepts.
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During aerial reconnaissance missions, the SR-71 operated at high speeds and altitudes to allow it to outrace threats. If a surface-to-air missile launch were detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and outfly the missile.
The SR-71 was one of the first aircraft to be designed with a reduced radar cross-section. The SR-71 served with the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1998.
A total of 32 aircraft were built; 12 were lost in accidents, but none were lost to enemy