Flying the world’s fastest plane: Behind the stick of the SR-71


I got up there on a Saturday, and caught up with them a little bit, and then they said, “Well, let’s go look at the bird.” They were all in small hangars, all closed. We unlocked the back doors, turned on the lights, and I thought “Oh lord, there’s a spaceship.”

It’s still the most amazing aircraft. I remember seeing it at the Vancouver Air Show. They had it do a flyover of the city and watching it bank around the buildings of English Bay was incredible.

  • pxlated

    They are incredible – I’ve seen them at both the Oshkosh air show and the Reno Air Races – If you want an up close encounter visit the air guard base/museum in Minneapolis and you can actually sit in one.

  • unixandthings

    Fascinating article. Nifty technology.

  • Moeskido

    I’ve never seen one in person, but I know it’s a beautiful design.