The Ultimate Spy Plane

The SR-71 Blackbird, now featured in the Transformers movie sequel, was faster than a rifle bullet and flew 16 miles above the earth

Former Air Force pilot Brian Shul calls the super-fast SR-71 Blackbird "the most remarkable airplane of the 20th century." (Dane Penland / NASM, SI)
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Owen Edwards is a freelance writer who previously wrote the "Object at Hand" column in Smithsonian magazine.

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