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|games = ''[[Ace Combat 2]]''<br/>''[[Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies]]''<br/>''[[Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War]]''<br/>''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''<br/>''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''<br/>''[[Ace Combat X2: Joint Assault]]
 
|games = ''[[Ace Combat 2]]''<br/>''[[Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies]]''<br/>''[[Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War]]''<br/>''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''<br/>''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''<br/>''[[Ace Combat X2: Joint Assault]]
|primary_op = [[Usean Rebel Force]]<br/>[[Federal Erusian Air Force]]<br/>[[Osean Air Defense Force]]
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|primary_op = [[Usean Rebel Force]]<br/>[[Federal Erusean Air Force]]<br/>[[Osean Air Defense Force]]
 
|secondary_op = [[Yuktobanian Air Force]]<br/>[[Belkan Air Force]]<br/>[[Estovakian Air Force]]<br/>[[Valahia]]
 
|secondary_op = [[Yuktobanian Air Force]]<br/>[[Belkan Air Force]]<br/>[[Estovakian Air Force]]<br/>[[Valahia]]
 
|operator_map = [[File:SR-71 Operators.png|200px]]
 
|operator_map = [[File:SR-71 Operators.png|200px]]
 
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The '''Lockheed SR-71''', unofficially known as the ''Blackbird ''and by its crews as the ''Habu'', was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3 strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed YF-12A and A-12 aircraft by the Lockheed Skunk Works (also responsible for the [[U-2 Dragon Lady]] and many other advanced aircraft). It flew from 1964 - 1998. The legendary "Kelly" Johnson, in particular, was the man behind many of the design's advanced concepts. The SR-71 was one of the first aircraft to be shaped to have an extremely low radar signature. The aircraft flew so fast and so high that if the pilot detected a surface-to-air missile launch, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate. Although up to 20 crashed due to accidents, no SR-71 was ever shot down.
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The '''Lockheed SR-71''', unofficially known as the ''Blackbird ''and by its crews as the ''Habu'', was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3 strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed YF-12A and A-12 aircraft by the Lockheed Skunk Works (also responsible for the [[U-2 Dragon Lady]] and many other advanced aircraft). It flew from 1964 - 1998. The legendary "Kelly" Johnson, in particular, was the man behind many of the design's advanced concepts. The SR-71 was one of the first aircraft to be shaped to have an extremely low radar signature. The aircraft flew so fast and so high that if the pilot detected a surface-to-air missile launch, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate. Although up to 20 crashed due to accidents, no SR-71 was ever shot down.
 
==Notable Pilots==
 
==Notable Pilots==
 
*'''Rabe''': BAF (ACZ)
 
*'''Rabe''': BAF (ACZ)
 
*'''Buzzword''': Valahia (ACX2)
 
*'''Buzzword''': Valahia (ACX2)
 
==In-game appearances==
 
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While the Blackbirds have never been [[playable aircraft]] in any ''AC'' game to date, they appear at least once in most of them at some point:
 
 
* ''[[Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies]]'' features two Blackbirds: one in mission 08 ("Shattered Skies/Operation Countdown") and another in 16 ("Whiskey Corridor/Operation Sandstorm").
 
* In ''[[Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War]]'', the spy aircraft that the [[Wardog Squadron]] pursues in mission 01 ("Shorebirds/Operation Lagoon") is an SR-71 Blackbird. Because the Wardog are forbidden to open fire, it cannot be shot down.
 
* In ''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]'', when the [[Galm]] and [[Crow Squadron]]s arrive to [[Tauberg]] Plateau in mission 09 ("Sword of Annihilation/Operation Judgement"), the Belkan Ace Jens "Rabe" Thon ([[List of aces in Ace Combat Zero#067|Assault Record 067]]) takes off from [[Excalibur]] on an SR-71 Blackbird and attempts to escape south at high altitude.
 
* ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]'' features a SR-71 Blackbird in mission 05 ("Anea Landing").
 
 
* ''[[Ace Combat X2: Joint Assault]]'' features a SR-71 ace named ''Buzzword''.
 
   
 
==Related Development==
 
==Related Development==

Revision as of 04:38, September 17, 2010

The Lockheed SR-71, unofficially known as the Blackbird and by its crews as the Habu, was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3 strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed YF-12A and A-12 aircraft by the Lockheed Skunk Works (also responsible for the U-2 Dragon Lady and many other advanced aircraft). It flew from 1964 - 1998. The legendary "Kelly" Johnson, in particular, was the man behind many of the design's advanced concepts. The SR-71 was one of the first aircraft to be shaped to have an extremely low radar signature. The aircraft flew so fast and so high that if the pilot detected a surface-to-air missile launch, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate. Although up to 20 crashed due to accidents, no SR-71 was ever shot down.

Notable Pilots

  • Rabe: BAF (ACZ)
  • Buzzword: Valahia (ACX2)

Related Development

  • RF-12A2 Blackbird II, the modern, combat-adapted version of the Blackbird, developed during the Corporate War of 2045

Sources

  • Wikipedia
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