The SR-71 Blackbird

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Built by Lockheed Skunkworks, the SR-71 Blackbird was based on the A-12 and YF-12A aircraft.  Its design incorporated many innovations, such as initial attempts at stealth technology, a unique fuel, and special crew protective devices and gear.  The Blackbird could fly at altitudes of 80,000 feet, and at speeds of Mach 3.2.  Under these conditions, heat was always a consideration, and the aircraft's paint scheme, internal air conditioning system, and unique fuel (which was also used as an hydraulic fluid and coolant), were all used to combat it.  The aircraft was nicknamed "Habu" by its crews, and 32 were in service from 1964 - 1998.  The Blackbird's best defense was its speed and high altitude capability.  If a missile launch was detected, the pilot simply accelerated to out-run the threat!  During its service life, there were 4,000 attempts to shoot down these "Strategic Reconnaissance" birds, and not one was lost to enemy action. 

 

The Untouchable

 

In this dramatic presentation, artist Mark Karvon shows an SR-71 moving high and fast, on the fringes of Space.  The Blackbirds were used extensively for reconnaissance missions during the Cold War.  An interesting side line to the Blackbird story is that to dissipate the high heat encountered at Mach 3.2 speeds, the skin of the aircraft was made from a titanium allow.  The titanium used was imported from the Soviet Union.  Lockheed had to use numerous guises to prevent the Soviets from learning that  the titanium was being used to build aircraft for spy missions over their own territory!  This exciting Mark Karvon print is available in two sizes, both of which are signed by the artist.

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"The Untouchable" by Mark Karvon
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Copyright   2006 - 2016 by USMilitaryArt.com, a division of A-T Products, Inc.  All rights reserved.

All images of artists represented on this website are copyrighted and remain the property of the respective artists.

 

All orders for Limited Edition Prints subject to availability.