ANATOMY OF A RECORD­SET­TING JET

iD magazine - - Technology -

More than 50 years ago the en­gi­neers of the Lock­heed Corporation re­ceived an or­der to con­struct a spy plane that would chal­lenge the very bound­aries of physics. Stealth tech­nol­ogy, three times the speed of sound, re­fu­el­ing in mid-air— the goals set by the CIA sounded quixotic. But a few years later the first Black­bird took off. How do you build an air­craft that flies faster and higher than had been thought pos­si­ble?

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