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Hasegawa Aircraft 1/72 SR71A Blackbird Big Tail USAF Recon Aircraft Ltd Edition Kit

Hasegawa Aircraft 1/72 SR71A Blackbird Big Tail USAF Recon Aircraft Ltd Edition Kit

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HSG-2278
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The SR-71, unofficially known as the "Blackbird," is a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A aircraft. The first flight of an SR-71 took place on December 22, 1964, and the first SR-71 to enter service was delivered to the 4200th (later 9th) Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., in January 1966. The U.S. Air Force retired its fleet of SR-71s on Jan. 26, 1990, because of a decreasing defense budget and high costs of operation.

Throughout its nearly 24-year career, the SR-71 remained the world's fastest and highest-flying operational aircraft. From 80,000 feet, it could survey 100,000 square miles of Earth's surface per hour. On July 28, 1976, an SR-71 set two world records for its class - an absolute speed record of 2,193.167 mph and an absolute altitude record of 85,068.997 feet. 

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