- Realistic Collectible Model
- Diecast & Plastic parts
- Landing gear can be shown extended or be removed; minor assembly required
- Stand included
- Measures 6.5” L x 3.25” Wingspan
- Display model, recommended for adult hobbyists and collectors.
The Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force. It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. American aerospace engineer Clarence "Kelly" Johnson was responsible for many of the design's innovative concepts. During aerial reconnaissance missions, the SR-71 operated at high speeds and altitudes to allow it to outrace threats. If a surface-to-air missile launch were detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and outfly the missile. The shape of the SR-71 was based on the A-12 which was one of the first aircraft to be designed with a reduced radar cross-section.
The SR-71 served with the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1998. A total of 32 aircraft were built; 12 were lost in accidents, but none were lost to enemy action. The SR-71 has been given several nicknames, including "Blackbird" and "Habu". Since 1976, it has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft, a record previously held by the related Lockheed YF-12.
This Atlas Editions model represents the SR-71 #61-7972. The aircraft's final flight was on March 6th 1990. During this final flight the aircraft broke four world speed records, including a US Coast to Coast time of 1 hour and 8 minutes. The plane averaged 2,124 mph. #792 is now located at the Smithsonian Institution Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center.
This SR-71 is an excellent addition to your diecast aircraft collection.