North Korea Fired A Missile At SR 71 Blackbird

North Korea Fired A Missile At SR 71 Blackbird

In the 1960s, the Air Force developed a plane that could travel more than three times as fast as the sound produced by its own engines. The SR-71 Blackbird’s incredible speed enabled it to gather intelligence in a matter of seconds while streaking across unfriendly skies at Mach 3+ at 80,000 foot.

In the off-chance that an enemy tried to shoot it down with a missile, all the Blackbird had to do was speed up and outrun it, as it was faster than any missile that could be fired at it.

The SR-71 served with the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1998. A total of 32 aircraft were built; 12 were lost in accidents but none were lost to enemy action. This was not for lack of trying; over the course of its reconnaissance missions during the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese fired approximately 800 SAMs at SR-71s, none of which managed to score a hit.

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