Fascinating photos reveal how they built the SR-71 Blackbird
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..._Of the jets in production that promise to take military fighters deep into the 21st century and beyond, the U.S. F-35, the Chinese J-20, and the Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA are at the top of the heap.
Built and designed in the 1960s after the A-12 Oxcart, the SR-71 Blackbird is still the fastest, most vanguardist air-breathing airplane in the history of aviation. These once classified photos reveal how Lockheed built both birds in secret, in California. They look taken at the Rebel base in Hoth.
Mi-24 SuperHind. This is the only thing that kept the Russians in Afganistan for as long as they held out..
A privately owned PBY Catalina, as it sits now, near the Gulf of Aqaba, Saudi Arabia. Thomas Kendall and his family were attacked in 1960 by militant Bedouins and lost their plane.