Here's Why, in 1986, Gaddafi's SAMs Couldn't Touch America's SR-71 Blackbirds
The National Interest -

Dario Leone

History, Middle East

The SR-71s were too fast.

“We are a roaring express now, and as we roll through the enemy’s backyard, I hope our speed continues to defeat the missile radars below.”

On Apr. 14, 1986, Operation El Dorado Canyon launched air-strikes against Libya in response to Libya’s bombing of a Berlin discotheque frequented by US military personnel. The attack was performed by a strike-group of 18 U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-111s supported by numerous U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine...

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