SR-71 Blackbird

SR-71 Blackbird

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Lockheed's SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most iconic and famous jets ever built. Assembled in secret at Lockheed's Skunkworks, the Blackbird's vital statistics remain phenomenal decades later. It holds the airspeed record for a manned jet aircraft, operated at an altitude other aircraft could barely touch and was a marvel of technical engineering. Drawing on declassified material, leading SR-71 expert Paul Crickmore reveals the history of the most fascinating of aircraft, accompanied by a range of fantastic illustrations, photographs and facts about the world's most secret spy plane.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 130 x 190 x 15.24mm | 380g
  • Osprey Publishing
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16col, 76b/w
  • 1472813154
  • 9781472813152
  • 751,862

Table of contents

List of Abbreviations / Introduction / Chronology / A-12 Design and Manufacture / A-12 Oxcart Operations / Tagboard and Senior Bowl, the M-21 and D-21 / Kedlock, the YF-12A / Senior Crown, the SR-71 / Flying the SR-71 / NASA Operations / Surviving Aircraft Histories / Appendices / Index
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Review quote

"Casual fans of the Blackbird will love this format. Couple that with the retail price of only $ 12.00 and I think you have a winner here." - IPMS

"Modelers and enthusiasts of the legendary Blackbirds will find this compact concise chronicle a valued resource. It reveals a wealth of fascinating history about the aircraft and pilots, from conceptual through technical and operational, to personal. The quality of photographic and graphic support is excellent." - KitMaker Network

"Decidedly recommended!" - Cybermodeler Online
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About Paul F. Crickmore

During his time as an air traffic controller at the London Air Traffic Control Centre, Paul F. Crickmore gained a unique introduction into SR-71 operations from RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk. Teaming up with Osprey produced the first detailed book ever to be published on the subject. When additional information became available to him in 1990 following the initial shut down of SR-71 operations, Crickmore produced an even more detailed book, Lockheed SR-71 The Secret Missions Exposed the standard reference work on the subject. The work was acclaimed by both the aviation press, Ben Rich (late president of the Skunk Works) and the crews that flew the SR-71. He is also the author of the first detailed book about the '117 written in partnership with his wife Alison; published by Motorbooks International in 1999.
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