SR-71A Photos Remind Us That This Was Essentially A Space Plane.

The SR-71 A was the Strategic Reconnaissance Aircraft was built by aerospace engineer Clarence Kelley at the infamous Skunkworks. The plane was a reaction to the downing of a U-2 reconnaissance aircraft and the subsequent capture of pilot Francis Gary Powers. The Cold War sparked many innovations, and high speed aviation, high altitude and high speed photography had a hey day.






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