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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird: The Illustrated History of America’s Legendary Mach 3 Spy Plane

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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird: The Illustrated History of America’s Legendary Mach 3 Spy Plane

James C. Goodall, USAF (Ret.)

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The legendary SR-71 Blackbird spy plane was, and still is, the world’s only operational Mach 3 aircraft, and was designed, built, and tested by Lockheed’s famed “Skunk Works.” This new book covers all fifty Blackbirds built, from the first flight in 1962, to the last in 1999. As a replacement for the venerable U-2 spyplane, Lockheed went from contract signing to first flight in only thirty-two months starting in April 1958—from the beginning of design studies to the signing of a contract from the CIA to build the initial batch of A-12s in February 1960, to first flight in 1962. From the A-1 design through the completion of the very first Radar Cross Section models of the A-12, to the testing of every major system and subsystem, this book describes and illustrates the SR-71 as never before, using images from a variety of sources, as well as the author’s own superb, new photography.

Size: 12″ x 9″ | 710 color and b/w photos | 224 pp
ISBN13: 9780764355042 | Binding: hard cover

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Over the past thirty-five years, Jim Goodall has authored over two dozen books and articles on military aircraft, naval ships and submarines. His book on the Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit is his twenty-first published work. Goodall is an expert on Lockheed’s family of Blackbirds with multiple books on the subject. He also co-authored and published the very first book on the F-117A Stealth fighter with long time friend, Bill Sweetman. He’s written multiple books on Stealth aircraft, photo essays on the US Navy’s fleet of Ballistic Missile and Attack Submarines, and on the Nimitz Class CVNs.