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Lockheed Martin® SR-71 Blackbird® MACH 3 Patch – With Hook and Loop, 4″, Officially Licensed

$11.99

Aviators and Collectors!  Enjoy this Lockheed Martin SR-71 MACH 3.  You’ll love displaying or wearing this patch.  Perfect for a flight jacket!

  • 4″ inches
  • Hook and Loop
  • US Veteran-Owned Business
  • Officially Licensed by Lockheed Martin

265 in stock (can be backordered)

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Lockheed Martin SR-71 MACH 3 Patch – With Hook and Loop, 4″

Aviators and Collectors!  Enjoy this Lockheed Martin SR-71 MACH 3.  You’ll love displaying or wearing this patch.  Perfect for a flight jacket!

  • 4″ inches
  • Hook and Loop
  • US Veteran-Owned Business
  • Officially Licensed by Lockheed Martin

LOCKHEED MARTIN®, SR-71 Blackbird®, associated emblems and logos, and body designs of vehicles are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Lockheed Martin Corporation in the USA and/or other jurisdictions, used under license by Squadron Nostalgia LLC

The Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” is a long-range, high-altitude, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed and manufactured by the American aerospace company Lockheed Corporation.[N 1] The SR-71 has several nicknames, including “Blackbird” and “Habu”.[1]

The SR-71 was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft during the 1960s by Lockheed’s Skunk Works division. American aerospace engineer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson was responsible for many of the aircraft’s innovative concepts.[2] The shape of the SR-71 was based on that of the Lockheed A-12, which was one of the first aircraft to be designed with a reduced radar cross-section. Initially, a bomber variant of the A-12 was requested by Curtis LeMay, before the program was focused solely on reconnaissance. The SR-71 was longer and heavier than the A-12, allowing it to hold more fuel as well as a two-seat cockpit. The SR-71’s existence was revealed to the public in July 1964; it entered service in the United States Air Force (USAF) in January 1966.[3] In 1989, the USAF retired the SR-71, largely for political reasons;[citation needed] several were briefly reactivated during the 1990s before their second retirement in 1998. NASA was the final operator of the Blackbird, using it as a research platform; it was retired again in 1999.[4]

Mission equipment for the plane’s aerial reconnaissance role included signals intelligence sensors, side looking airborne radar, and a camera.[5] During missions, the SR-71 operated at high speeds and altitudes (Mach 3.2 and 85,000 feet, 25,900 meters), allowing it to outrace or entirely avoid threats.[5] If a surface-to-air missile launch was detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and outpace the missile.[6] On average, each SR-71 could fly once per week due to the extended turnaround required after mission recovery. A total of 32 aircraft were built; 12 were lost in accidents with none lost to enemy action.[7][8]

Since its retirement, the SR-71’s role has been taken up by a combination of reconnaissance satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); a proposed UAV successor, the SR-72, is under development by Lockheed Martin, and scheduled to fly in 2025.[9] As of 2023 the SR-71 holds the world record, which it set in 1976, as the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft, previously held by the related Lockheed YF-12.[10][11][12]

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