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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

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

In-game appearances

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:

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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