Story highlights 14 ex-crew members of legendary SR-71 Blackbird spy plane reunite at Georgia aviation museum While celebrating world speed record, they’re spurring interest in science and technology among kids Warner Robins, Georgia (CNN)Once upon a time there was a “magic airplane” that protected the world from harm by flying faster than a speeding bullet and soaring higher than the highest mountain. But this is no fairy tale. “Once upon a time,” was really from 1964 to 1999. And the aircraft was a U.S. Air Force spy plane called the SR-71. Forty years ago, in 1976, the Lockheed jet nicknamed the Blackbird broke the world absolute speed record — flying 2,193 mph — literally faster than a bullet. That’s three times the speed of sound. Read More “This is a magic airplane,” said the pilot who broke the record, retired Maj. Gen. Eldon “Al” Joersz. “You have this very powerful, exotic machine at your control that you’re trying to dance with — to make music with. Because that’s what she wants from you. She wants to fly smooth and nice.” Incredibly, the record still stands. No manned airplane with an air-breathing engine has ever flown faster. Officially. (Wink) As many… Read full this story
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