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Lockheed SR-71 (Paperback)

Aviation

By Bob Archer
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Historic Military Aircraft
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781802822632
Published: 13th January 2023

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The SR-71 Blackbird was a high-altitude, long-range Lockheed reconnaissance ‘black’ jet that emerged during the 1960s. It was produced under tremendous secrecy and initially flown from areas away from public gaze. It was stationed in the USA but plied its trade from a handful of selected sites worldwide. SR-71 missions were flown by the USAF, but often on behalf of other agencies, with it frequently gathering intelligence for the Navy against maritime targets in the Soviet Arctic. Unfortunately, the Blackbird was unpopular with the ‘fighter’ and ‘bomber’ generals, who were not privy to its outstanding intelligence gathering capability, and the staggering operating costs were such that eventually it lost support within the USAF and succumbed to budgetary constraints. Illustrated with over 160 illustrations, this book will detail the operations, select missions and the colour schemes/markings of this amazing aircraft.

Super little book if you remember seeing them in the air and equally if you didn't, then at least a great collection of photos to see this incredible machine. Another fine addition to this good value series of books.

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About Bob Archer

Bob Archer's 60 years in aviation began as an aircraft enthusiast turned photographer. He has written for a variety of for aviation journals,as well as having several books published. His primary period of interest is post World War Two and American, Russian and UK manufacturers are his specialities.

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