Other than the shuttles this is the fastest aircraft ever flown! This comes
> to us from a person making the following statement; "the most interesting,
> most exciting five years of my life were spent in the program, as a KC-135
> refueling pilot. Where the Blackbird went, we went."
> Grab your beverage and relax for a few minutes of awesome beauty. The SR-71
> was the creation of Kelly Johnson, Lockheed, Eisenhower and the Air Force.
> It was envisioned in the '50s, first flew in the early '60s, retired in the
> '80s, briefly brought back in the '90s.
> In all, 13 units of the single seat A-12 were built, and 32 of the Pilot +
> Recon two seat SR-71 units were built. Five A-12 were lost, one is stored.
> Twelve two seaters were lost.
> The remaining 27 are on display around the USA.
> So enjoy. One more thing. The author of the captions to the picture in this
> video made one misstatement, due to youth. The U-2 Recon aircraft was
> created in 1955, flew operationally in 1956. Kelly thought the USSR would
> shoot it down in 18 months. Lucky us, it flew until Gary Powers was downed
> on 1 May 1960. But Kelly Johnson already had the go-ahead from Ike for the
> A-12. It first flew in 1962, JFK kept the manufacture of it active. No one
> told LBJ, 'cause everyone knew he would spill the secret. He wasn't told til
> the week after JFK left us. And sure enough, LBJ gave out the secret in a
> matter of months.
> You will see several refuelings in the following.
> Click here to see the slideshow:
Thanks Philip P.