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Delta Cubed

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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird -- Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia (January 2015)Leica M7 + Kodak Portra 400 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird — Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia (January 2015)
Leica M7 + Kodak Portra 400 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

13 thoughts on “Delta Cubed

    1. paula graham

      Amazing story about this plane. I must say, that I can even see the beauty in these modern ‘killers’ too, like the typhoon fighter, their speed and agility is astounding, if only they could be used for more peaceful purposes. From the lines and shape of your spy plane one can deduct that she is a pretty speedy one and a beauty at that.

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  1. Francis.R.

    If I would be able to cry I’d shed some tears. That’s my favorite model ever. If I’m not wrong I read that for respect that’s the only aircraft whose wings weren’t cut to show in a ship-museum. Amazing geometry.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      I can’t speak for other museums, but at the Smithsonian they don’t cut aircraft apart; instead, they disassemble them for storage, then reassemble and restore them when they are to go on display. The aircraft on display are as close to being flight ready as they can make them.

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  2. Michael Doran

    Great photograph of an exceptional jet built with 1950s and 60s technology and will never be exceeded due to the cost of this bird if built today. I visited this museum three years ago with the express plan to see this plane. It didn’t have the plexi-glass shield around it then. This model was the last one ever flown and set the speed record from LA to DC in 1990 at 2,124 MPH, and in one hour and four minutes. She could cruise at a max altitude of 85,000 feet above sea level. The fleet of SR-71s stayed in service for 24 years. The technical achievements to create this bird are astounding.

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