Forget Stealth—the SR-71 Blackbird Could Simply Outrun Missiles
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February 4, 2029 - by nationalinterest.org
American pilots soon discovered that the Blackbird's reduced radar cross-section wasn't an effective defense by itself–Russian-made radars were powerful enough to track the Habu and launch missiles. However, they learned that the SR-71's speed did work as a defense.
The sleek and sinister SR-71 Blackbird looks like it belongs in a science fiction movie, though in fact the jet black spy plane proved far more successful at outrunning enemy missiles than any of the spaceships depicted in Star Wars. Though retired in the 1990s in favor of spy satellites and recon drones, it doesn't look like any modern designs are likely to challenge the Blackbird's record as the fastest manned aircraft ever.
The Lockheed Skunkworks factory ultimately developed the A-12, codenamed "Archangel."..