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Lockheed Martin hints at existence of aircraft faster than SR-71 BlackbirdThe SR-71 Blackbird strategic reconnaissance aircraft, famous for its top speed of Mach 3, was touted as the "fastest acknowledged crewed air-breathing jet aircraft" in a subsequent tweet by Lockheed Martin, with an emphasis on acknowledged. As you may recall from the movie, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell flies the Darkstar test jet at hypersonic speeds beyond Mach 10 before making a forced landing. (interestingengineering.com) More...
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I smell skunks at work!
It seems improbable that the SR-71 would be retired if there was not an operational replacement for the mission.
Color me "not surprised". It's LM, there is no reason to think they have not been working on a replacement for the SR-71.
Nice... If anyone can do it.. they can... I look forward to seeing what they come up with.
Loads of reliable/credible videos on Youtube.
I remember when the SR71 was retired. Was a disappointment. As an Air Force radar ops guy I used to watch it zoom across my screen. That is one fast toy.