SR-71 Top Speed

SR-71 Pilot explains why even though the Blackbird could attain Mach 3.5, at that speed serious damage to the aircraft might occur

SR-71 Pilot explains why even though the Blackbird could attain Mach 3.5, at that speed serious damage to the aircraft might occur

‘The SR-71 could attain Mach 3.5, but the aircraft would be in an untested and prohibited area outside of its… Read More

12 months ago

Former USAF Master Sergeant reveals the Fastest Speed ever Recorded by a Lockheed Blackbird

A-12 pilot Jim Eastham dropped the nose down a bit to see if he could at least reach Mach 3.0.… Read More

1 year ago

Here’s What’s Probably the Slowest Speed Ever Recorded by a Lockheed Blackbird

The backseater later indicated slow speed of 155 knots, pilot saw 152 knots or 175 mph. The SR-71 at that… Read More

1 year ago

SR-71 Pilot tells the story of when he revealed Blackbird’s True Top Speed

‘At some point in the evening, the F-111 guys began to press me, in a good-natured way, for classified information… Read More

1 year ago

SR-71 pilot recalls that time his Blackbird flew so fast that he and his RSO Landed at Beale AFB almost a Day Before They Took Off from Kadena AB

‘Try that in any aircraft other than the SR-71. Besides this is actually a true story,’ David Peters, SR-71 Blackbird… Read More

2 years ago

“We could have gone faster.” SR-71 Blackbird crew members recall the Inlet Unstart that prevented them to go Faster than Mach 3.2 during the Absolute Speed Record run

‘Al and I had the ACTUAL speed record. 2200 indicated in our equipment aboard 958! Theirs.... 2193....NAH!,’ Lt. Col. George… Read More

2 years ago

These photos show the family resemblance between Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and Top Gun: Maverick Darkstar

The interesting pictures in this post feature the family resemblance between Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and Top Gun: Maverick’s SR-72 Darkstar… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know that the SR-71 Blackbird was so fast that the F-15 Eagle radar couldn’t see it?

‘Don and I, as well as many other crewmembers, had flown numerous ‘Tomcat Chase’ and ‘Eagle Bait’ sorties against our… Read More

2 years ago