Bye, Bye, Blackbird!For Vent Page 71 we pay homage to the Lockheed SR-71 BLACKBIRD...First design was the A-12, which was designed to overcome the flaws of the slow flying U-2 spyplane.
. Building on the A-12 concepts, Lockheed developed the SR 71! Nicknamed BLACKBIRD this long range reconnaissance aircraft was used from it's initial delivery in January of 1966 until it's retirement in 1998, only 32 were ever delivered.
Capable of sustained flights above 85,000 feet and top speed of around 2193 MPH, the BLACKBIRD was designed to avoid the fate of the slow flying U2 which had been shot down over Soviet Territory and it's pilot Gary Powers captured. The Blackbird could high and fast; fast enough to outrun missiles!
VENT PAGES are handy for posting of off-topic posts, rants, raves, rages, etc, which might not be appropriate on other threads where adults are having serious discussions. Childish rant? Need to call another poster a name? Just feel like spouting off? Or even if you have something to say and there doesn't seem to be any other logical place to say it....THIS PAGE IS FOR YOU!
Not the first of the Mach 1's, but the one I remember most. I fell in love with the twin to the pictured car when I walked into the Ford Showroom while my 68 was in for service....I have often regretted my decision not to trade at that time - I've never owned a Mach 1 and I still regret not buying this one!