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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2021 8:47 p.m. PST

"It was over twenty years ago the Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" was retired by the United States Air Force, and while surveillance satellites can provide that eye in the sky for intelligence gathering there is still a need for such high flying, ultra-fast aircraft.

Such a platform would complement other manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), providing flexibility in how intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) is gathered.

Back in 2013, Lockheed Martin proposed a follow-up to the SR-71. Fittingly, it was the SR-72, which has also become known as the "Son of the Blackbird," and it was suggested that the vehicle could fly by 2023 Ė that is unless it has already taken flight…"

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Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2021 9:00 p.m. PST

How does a Navy fighter pilot get behind the stick of a supersecret Air Force spy plane?

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2021 11:24 p.m. PST

Aurora by another name, and it has been flying for at least a couple of decades now, reportedly.

One was spotted flying over the North Sea last century.

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