Lockheed Blackbirds (WarbirdTech Series)

Lockheed Blackbirds (WarbirdTech Series)

by Dennis R. Jenkins
     
 

On 26 April 1962, Lockheed test pilot Lou Schalk took the first flight in an aircraft at a classified desert test facility in Nevada. The aircraft was far more advanced than anything in the sky, and when made public several years later, would capture the world's fascination like few other aircraft ever have. Three distinct variants were eventually manufactured, but…  See more details below

Overview

On 26 April 1962, Lockheed test pilot Lou Schalk took the first flight in an aircraft at a classified desert test facility in Nevada. The aircraft was far more advanced than anything in the sky, and when made public several years later, would capture the world's fascination like few other aircraft ever have. Three distinct variants were eventually manufactured, but surprisingly, none of them ever had an official name. Unofficially, they have all been referred to as "Blackbirds" and "Habu," the fastest, highest-flying air-breathing aircraft in the world. The Lockheed model number of the first variant was A-12, but by a sort of inspired perversity it came to be called Xocart, a code name also applied to the program under which it was developed. The other two variants carried the Air Force designations YF-12 and SR-71.

This is the story of the Lockheed Blackbirds - fifty of the fastest, highest-flying air-breathing aircraft ever developed and deployed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580070867
Publisher:
Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Series:
WarbirdTech Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
108
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.16(d)

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