How the SR-71 Spy Plane Was Born (Still the World's Fastest Plane)
The National Interest -

Dario Leone

Security,

History. 

At Lockheed’s advanced development group, the legendary Skunk Works in Burbank, work on a revolutionary intelligence aircraft had already begun before the shooting down of Gary Power’s U-2. This innovative aircraft had to fly faster than any aircraft before or since, at greater altitude, and with a minimal radar cross section (RCS).

President Eisenhower deeply valued the strategic benefits of the U-2’s airborne reconnaissance during these tense Cold War times....

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