Blackbird : a history of the untouchable spy plane

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New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
9781681775050, 1681775050


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First Pegasus books hardcover edition.
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224 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm


Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-206) and index.
The fascinating story of the spy plane SR-71 Blackbird--the fastest manned aircraft in the history of aviation. The SR-71 Blackbird, the famed "spy" jet, was deliberately designed to be the world's fastest and highest-flying aircraft--and its success has never been approached since. It was conceived in the late 1950s by Lockheed Martin's highly secret 'Skunk Works' team under one of the most (possibly the most) brilliant aero designers of all time, Clarence "Kelly" Johnson. Once fully developed in 1964, the Blackbird represented the apogee of jet-powered flight. It could fly at well over three times the speed of sound above 85,000 feet and had an unrefueled range of 3,200 nautical miles. It flew with great success until 1999). Despite extensive use over Vietnam and later battlefields, not one was ever shot down (unlike the U2 in the Gary Powers incident). The Blackbird's capabilities seem unlikely ever to be exceeded. It was retired because its function can be performed by satellites--and in today's steady trend toward unmanned military aircraft, it is improbable that another jet aircraft of this speed and caliber will ever again be conceived.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Hamilton-Paterson, J. (2017). Blackbird: a history of the untouchable spy plane (First Pegasus books hardcover edition.). Pegasus Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Hamilton-Paterson, James. 2017. Blackbird: A History of the Untouchable Spy Plane. New York: Pegasus Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Hamilton-Paterson, James. Blackbird: A History of the Untouchable Spy Plane New York: Pegasus Books, 2017.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Hamilton-Paterson, James. Blackbird: A History of the Untouchable Spy Plane First Pegasus books hardcover edition., Pegasus Books, 2017.

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