ANATOMY OF A RECORDSETTING JET
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?
CAMERAS Various espionage systems are installed on the fuselage of the aircraft, including high-resolution and infrared cameras and radar systems.
WINGS The Blackbird’s wingspan is almost 56 feet. In total the surface area of the wings is 1,605 square fe
EXTERIOR The shell of the jet is made of titanium. This metal is light and stable so it’s ideal for the Blackbird, the outer skin of which reaches temperatures of over 750°F due to air resistance.
ENGINES A new fuel had to be specifically developed for t
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