The latest addition to my aviation collection of images is this SR-71 Blackbird on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. It is one of the first large aircraft you see when you enter the Air and Space Museum since it is prominently placed directly off of the entrance. It is also one of the most photographed, meaning there are millions of images of this great machine. The most popular perspective by far will be images taken from the front of the plane, looking directly at it's impressive aerodynamic nose. It's one of those must have shots, no matter how many others may exist.
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Introduced in 1966, the SR-71 Blackbird was quite a long-range reconnaissance tool during the cold war era. With speeds of 2,200 mph, it came and went is a flash. In fact, of the 32 planes built, none were ever lost to enemy action. I am not sure how many of these are left, 12 have been lost to accidents, but this is truly a rare bird.
The one featured above has found it's home at the National Air and Space Museum where people from all corners of the globe can see it for many years into the future.
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