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Aircraft Porn: Meet the Hypersonic SR-72

Aviation Week’s Guy Norris has an exclusive article on the successor for the Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird, the mythical spy plane that may be the favorite of every airplane nerd in the world. The hypersonicSR-72 is the first aircraft that can fit perfectly in Star Wars or Galactica, a true space age ship.

In fact, it reminds me of a mix between a Viper Mark VII and Galactica’s one stealth one-of-a-kind Viper, also called the Blackbird, in obvious homage to the SR-71.

Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works has already begun development on the high altitude SR-72, which will fly at Mach 6—twice the speed of the SR-71—and will be capable of carrying weapons. Unlike the Blackbird, the SR-72 is an armed platform that will be capable of attacking from the edge of space.

Skunk Works told Guy Norris all the details about this outstanding aircraft. . .

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