« on: February 13, 2015, 02:46:37 PM »
SR-71 Sunset Edwards AFB DXO LR V2 vib 9424 © Keith Breazeal by Keith Breazeal Photography, on Flickr
Beautiful, Keith. Solitary shot of the aircraft which has been confirmed (maybe) to have the highest operational ceiling and fastest speed at whatever altitude its pilots chose to fly of all operational aircraft ever. Its last record - Edwards AFB to Andrews AFB, ground to ground - 91 minutes. I've seen one up close at Huntsville's Air & Space Museum and it is the most ominous aircraft I've ever seen. Too bad that the SR-71 has been sunsetted (as your great shot symbolizes) for being too costly to continue to operate.
What is the distance between those two bases? There is one at the Duxford museum in the UK, whilst its dwarfed by the B52 in the same hanger, the Blackbird just has that presence about it...