Air to air view from a tanker of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing's SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft on a mission out of its home base, Beale Air Force Base, California. Photographer: TSGT Michael Haggerty
Rare photos of the SR-71 Blackbird show its amazing history
The Advanced Tanker-Cargo Aircraft, or ATCA, was first proposed by officials from the US Air Force's Strategic Air Command in 1967. Here, a crew in an SR-71 (Air Force serial number 61-7955) connects with the 747 while an F-111 crew flies safety chase. The Air Force selected the DC-10 as the ATCA winner and sixty KC-10 Extenders were eventually built.
Scaled Composites - Model 151 (Ares) Is a Composite, Canard Aircraft Designed by Burt Rutan for a 1981 US Army Close Air Support Study. Armed with a GAU-12/U 25mm Rotary Barreled Cannon and (2) AIM-9 Sidewinders, (4) AIM-92 Stingers and Air to Ground Unguided Missiles.
NASA/Lockheed YF-12A (#06935) preparing for launch during the late 1970s – Photo by Erik Simonsen.