The Lockheed SR-71 is unquestionably the world’s most recognizable airplane. It was a long-range, high-altitude strategic reconnaissance aircraft designed by the famed Kelly Johnson, head of the Lockheed Skunk Works division. Its first flight was on 22 December 1964, a development from the A-12 reconnaissance aircraft. Shortly thereafter they were assigned to the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale AFB, CA. With a crew of two, the SR-71 flew at Mach 3+ and an altitude of 80,000 plus feet. KC-135Q aerial tankers, using specialized JP-7 Jet fuel, were required to refuel the plane often since the J58 engines gulped fuel at an alarming rate. One SR-71 set a world speed record on 6 March 1990, flying from Los Angeles, CA to Washington, D.C., in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 20 seconds with an average speed of 2124 mph, marking this as the last military flight of the SR-71 Blackbird.
Each small & medium print comes signed, matted and shrink wrapped.
Large prints are signed & numbered to either a limited edition of 1000 or 2000 and are shipped in a sturdy shipping tube.