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Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird
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Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird with ground support equipment. Model features detailed dual cockpits with opening canopies, removable reconnaissance pod nose section with support rig, boarding ladder, fully functional landing gear, opening inflight refueling port, and moving flight control surfaces including flaps, ailerons, and ruddervators.
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The SR-71, unofficially known as the "Blackbird," is a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A aircraft. The first flight of an SR-71 took place on Dec. 22, 1964, and the first SR-71 to enter service was delivered to the 4200th (later 9th) Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., in January 1966. The U.S. Air Force retired its fleet of SR-71s on Jan. 26, 1990, because of a decreasing defense budget and high costs of operation.



Top view of the SR-71A (Top) compared to the top view of the A-12 (Bottom). Note the difference in the forward chines as compared to the A-12, addition of ECM "dents" in the nose, as well as the addition of the tail stub.


In addition to the reconnaissance bays in the chines of the aircraft, the SR-71 featured removable mission-swappable nosecones. This allowed a quick change of reconnaissance equipment special suited to each specific mission. The cart was a special rig for holding and rotating the nosecone for service or storage.


The inflight refueling receptacle is shown open in this view.


These two images show the pilot and SRO (Strategic Reconnaissance Officer) cockpits. The model represents a late version of the SR-71A with the upgraded datalink capability and digital reconnaissance equipment. This allowed real time collection and reporting of vital strategic information without the delay of traditional film collection and processing.



Throughout its nearly 24-year career, the SR-71 remained the world's fastest and highest-flying operational aircraft. From 80,000 feet, it could survey 100,000 square miles of Earth's surface per hour. On July 28, 1976, an SR-71 set two world records for its class -- an absolute speed record of 2,193.167 mph and an absolute altitude record of 85,068.997 feet.


SR-71A Blackbird on final approach for landing with Vandy 1 "Black Bunny" F-4J Phantom II from VX-4 "Evaluators" flying chase.

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: None
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney J58s of 32,500 lbs. thrust each with afterburner
Crew: Two
Maximum speed: Mach 3+ (three times the speed of sound) or over 2,000 mph
Range: More than 2,900 statute miles
Ceiling: Over 85,000 ft.
Span: 55 ft. 7 in.
Length: 107 ft. 5 in.
Height: 18 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 140,000 lbs. loaded




Comments

  April 17, 2014
Really? Your renders look like they are pretty high resolution! I'm quite amazed haha. Unfortunately my laptop runs an AMD Vision that clocks in at a much lower 1.6Ghz :P It often struggles just opening power point presentations for my classes haha. However, if you wouldn't mind sending me the POVray settings you use, I could try those and see how they work. I would greatly appreciate it :)
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Disco Chicken Cool. Looks a lot like the blackbird from marvel's x-men http://marvel.wikia.com/X-Men_Blackbird
The Marvel X-men Blackbird has always been an interpretation of the SR-71, although in recent years it has evolved somewhat drastically from the original design. However the X-Men: First Class movie went back to a mildly modified (at least externally) SR-71 derived design.
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  April 16, 2014
Cool. Looks a lot like the blackbird from marvel's x-men http://marvel.wikia.com/X-Men_Blackbird
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting JT Robertson You must have one helluva computer to pump out all these amazing renders of such large builds all the time! I can't even get my computer to render ANYTHING! (word from the wise, never ever EVER get a Toshiba...) But computer things aside, your builds are always very impressive. I am amazed at how much detail is put in and how wonderfully scaled they are. Great job once again!
Not really. It's a couple years old Sony Vaio laptop, Core i5 dual processor running at 2.4Ghz, 8 GB memory. I run my render settings fairly low to keep it manageable, so even on a big model like these it takes anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to complete, with models with transparent parts or lots of reflective pieces taking longer. I can give you my settings for LDD to POV-Ray if you like, they seem to have a relatively low demand for processing power even rendering at 1920 x 1080. I tried rendering at twice that but the render times skyrocketed. I will say upgrading from 4 to 8 GB made a big difference. I would prefer to have a quad core or better tho.
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  April 16, 2014
You must have one helluva computer to pump out all these amazing renders of such large builds all the time! I can't even get my computer to render ANYTHING! (word from the wise, never ever EVER get a Toshiba...) But computer things aside, your builds are always very impressive. I am amazed at how much detail is put in and how wonderfully scaled they are. Great job once again!
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  April 16, 2014
There's the SR-71 ! Awesome !
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Andrew Brown Do you make these with a program or in real life? Either way... it is amazing
My models are LDD for now, then rendered with POV-Ray. Once I collect the necessary elements I can build physical models of them, but LDD lets me freely engineer them with out the expense. This is a 9000+ piece model, which would cost around $1000 in real bricks.
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  April 16, 2014
Do you make these with a program or in real life? Either way... it is amazing
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  April 16, 2014
Another great model and variant on your A-12, although one could argue the SR-71 is its own design.
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  April 16, 2014
Absolutely brilliant model. The shaping is absolutely dead on, and the little details and functions are fantastic. All in all, this is one stunning creation!
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  April 16, 2014
This is a really nice model of the SR-71. Great shape and detail.
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace We all knew this one would be coming soon, and you definitely didn't disappoint. This Blackbird is perfect every detail.
Have I gotten THAT predictable? How did you like the removable nosecone?
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  April 16, 2014
The Blackbird is an awesome plane, and so is your model!
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  April 16, 2014
this aircraft I have from Revell, you have captured the lines perfect. Very well built
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  April 16, 2014
We all knew this one would be coming soon, and you definitely didn't disappoint. This Blackbird is perfect every detail.
 
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