SR-71 Blackbird: The NASA Mission Photos [NOOK Book]

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Throughout its 34-year career with the USAF and CIA, the top secret Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane was the world's fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft. Dedicated to strategic reconnaissance, the Blackbird was so fast that no other aircraft could catch it. If could fly to over 80,000 feet at speeds approaching Mach 4. No reconnaissance aircraft in history has operated in more hostile airspace or with such complete impunity than the SR-71 Blackbird. It is the fastest aircraft propelled by ...
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SR-71 Blackbird: The NASA Mission Photos

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Overview

Throughout its 34-year career with the USAF and CIA, the top secret Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane was the world's fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft. Dedicated to strategic reconnaissance, the Blackbird was so fast that no other aircraft could catch it. If could fly to over 80,000 feet at speeds approaching Mach 4. No reconnaissance aircraft in history has operated in more hostile airspace or with such complete impunity than the SR-71 Blackbird. It is the fastest aircraft propelled by air-breathing engines. The Blackbird's performance and operational achievements placed it at the pinnacle of aviation technology developments during the Cold War.
During the 1990s two SR-71 Blackbird aircraft were used by NASA as testbeds for high-speed and high-altitude aeronautical research at Dryden. The aircraft included an SR-71A and SR-71B (the trainer version), loaned to NASA by the U.S. Air Force.
SR-71 activities at Dryden were part of NASA's overall high-speed aeronautical research program and involved other NASA research centers, other government agencies, universities and commercial firms. Data from the SR-71 research program will aid designers of future supersonic/hypersonic aircraft and propulsion systems.
This book covers the entire history of the SR-71 from conception through development to flight status. Special emphasize is given to the SR-71s USAF post-retirement career as a test platform for NASA. Lavishly illustrated with over 50 full color illustrations. Contents hyperlinked for easy navigation.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016793320
  • Publisher: Cia Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/31/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 461,011
  • File size: 3 MB

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