A return to the Air Force for the sleek Blackbird?
Retired military pilot Harlon Hain, 86, of Bellevue holds a photo from his days flying an SR-71 Blackbird spy plane. A Blackbird is on display behind him at the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland, Neb. StratCom's chief would like to have a new version of the plane, which was retired in 1998.
Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 12:00 am
Updated: 12:10 pm, Fri May 23, 2014.
Nearly 50 years after its first flight — and 15 years after its last — the SR-71 Blackbird still looks like the spy plane of the future.
During its Cold War heyday, the sleek rocket-plane could skim along the atmosphere at Mach 3, twice as high and more than three times as fast as commercial jet aircraft.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 12:00 am.
Updated: 12:10 pm.