Operated by the U.S. Air Force, the SR-71 Blackbird is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed as a black project in the 1960s by Lockheed's Skunk Works division. It performed at high speeds and altitudes to outrace enemies during aerial combat, and was also able to detect and avoid ground missile attacks. During the Iraq-Iran War, Major Terry Pappas and Captain John Manzi operated their SR-71A for over 11 hours non-stop from Okinawa to the Persian Gulf. They had to stay within twelve feet of a refueling tanker for almost a third of their flight. The mission was one of the most challenging every attempted by U.S. Air Force pilots.
Wearing the authentic markings of a SR-71A from the "RIP Detachment 1", this 1/72 scale, die cast replica features optional-position landing gear, surface detail, and a metal display stand. 17¾" long.