Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Reconnaissance Aircraft

Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird © Mike Vallentin
Photo ©: Mike Vallentin
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is a two-seat twin-engined long-range supersonic strategic reconnaissance aircraft produced by the American manufacturer Lockheed Corporation. The SR-71 is capable of flyingat speeds over Mach 3.2 and at a height of 85,000 feet (25.900 Meter).
The SR-71 was in duty from 1964 until 1989 and after a reactivation from 1993 until 1998. It was designed by the Lockheed Advanced Development Projects Devision better known as Lockheed Skunk Works. The SR-71 was in duty with the United States Air Force and the NASA only.
Crew2
Propulsion2 Turbojet Engines
Engine ModelPratt & Whitney J58-1
Engine Power (each)
dry/with Afterburner
106,8 / 151,2 kN24000 / 34000 lbf
Speed3222 km/h1740 kts
  2002 mph
Mmo (max. Mach)Mach 3.3+
Service Ceiling25.908 m85.000 ft
Rate of climb3600 m/min11810 ft/min
Range5.926 km3.200 NM
3.683 mi.
Empty Weight27.216 kg60.000 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight77.110 kg170.000 lbs
Wing Span16,94 m55 ft 7 in
Wing Area167,0 m²1798 ft²
Length32,74 m107 ft 5 in
Height5,64 m18 ft 6 in
First Flight22.12.1964
Production Statusout of production
Total Production32
Developed fromLockheed A-12
ICAO CodeSR71
Data for (Version)Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird
VariantsSR-71A, SR-71B, SR-71C

[Photo-ID: 11102] © Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7951, c/n 2002,© Karsten Palt, 2015Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7951
c/n: 2002
 
2nd built SR-71A
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 11103] © Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7951, c/n 2002,© Karsten Palt, 2015Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7951
c/n: 2002
 
2nd built SR-71A
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 13248] © Karsten Palt 2016-10-10
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7960, c/n 2011,© Karsten Palt, 2016Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7960
c/n: 2011
 
Castle Air Museum [Atwater, CA]
[Photo-ID: 11311] © Karsten Palt 2015-06-04
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7975, c/n 2026,© Karsten Palt, 2015Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7975
c/n: 2026
 
March Field Air Museum [Riverside, CA]
[Photo-ID: 11312] © Karsten Palt 2015-06-04
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7975, c/n 2026,© Karsten Palt, 2015Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7975
c/n: 2026
 
March Field Air Museum [Riverside, CA]
[Photo-ID: 11313] © Karsten Palt 2015-06-04
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7975, c/n 2026,© Karsten Palt, 2015Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7975
c/n: 2026
 
March Field Air Museum [Riverside, CA]
[Photo-ID: 5504] © Karsten Palt 2012-01-11
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7976, c/n 2027,© Karsten Palt, 2012Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7976
c/n: 2027
 
National Museum of the United States Air Force [Dayton, Ohio / USA (Wright-Patterson AFB)]
[Photo-ID: 5503] © Karsten Palt 2012-01-11
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7976, c/n 2027,© Karsten Palt, 2012Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7976
c/n: 2027
 
National Museum of the United States Air Force [Dayton, Ohio / USA (Wright-Patterson AFB)]
[Photo-ID: 1180] © Karsten Palt 2008-07-16
Lockheed SR-71A-LO, United States Air Force (USAF), 64-17962, c/n 2013,© Karsten Palt, 2008Lockheed
SR-71A-LO
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 64-17962
c/n: 2013
 
Imperial War Museum [Duxford Aerodrome (EGSU / QFO)]
[Photo-ID: 10299] © Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7972, c/n 2023,© Karsten Palt, 2014Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7972
c/n: 2023
 
NASM Udvar Hazy Center [Chantilly, VA]
[Photo-ID: 10300] © Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7972, c/n 2023,© Karsten Palt, 2014Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7972
c/n: 2023
 
NASM Udvar Hazy Center [Chantilly, VA]
[Photo-ID: 10301] © Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7972, c/n 2023,© Karsten Palt, 2014Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7972
c/n: 2023
 
NASM Udvar Hazy Center [Chantilly, VA]
[Photo-ID: 10302] © Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7972, c/n 2023,© Karsten Palt, 2014Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7972
c/n: 2023
 
NASM Udvar Hazy Center [Chantilly, VA]
[Photo-ID: 5809] © Karsten Palt 2012-06-10
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7973, c/n 2024,© Karsten Palt, 2012Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7973
c/n: 2024
 
Blackbird Airpark [Palmdale, CA]
[Photo-ID: 5810] © Karsten Palt 2012-06-10
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7973, c/n 2024,© Karsten Palt, 2012Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7973
c/n: 2024
 
Blackbird Airpark [Palmdale, CA]
[Photo-ID: 5811] © Karsten Palt 2012-06-10
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7973, c/n 2024,© Karsten Palt, 2012Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7973
c/n: 2024
 
Blackbird Airpark [Palmdale, CA]
[Photo-ID: 5812] © Karsten Palt 2012-06-10
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7973, c/n 2024,© Karsten Palt, 2012Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7973
c/n: 2024
 
Blackbird Airpark [Palmdale, CA]
[Photo-ID: 5813] © Karsten Palt 2012-06-10
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, United States Air Force (USAF), 61-7973, c/n 2024,© Karsten Palt, 2012Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 61-7973
c/n: 2024
 
Blackbird Airpark [Palmdale, CA]