The SR-71 Blackbird

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28 Jul 1976

SR-71 Blackbird - Absolute Altitude (Sustained Flight) - Manned Aircraft

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The SR-71 was the world's fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft throughout its career. On 28 July 1976, SR-71 serial number 61-7962, piloted by then Captain Robert Helt, broke the world record: an "absolute altitude record" of 85,069 feet (25,929 m). Several aircraft have exceeded this altitude in zoom climbs, but not in sustained flight.


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