The SR-71 Blackbird

Blackbird Aircraft Records

Blackbird aircraft have been setting records since day one. Here's a list the top speed, highest and quickest distance between two points.

01 September 1974

SR-71 Blackbird - Speed over Recognized Course - New York to London

On September 1, 1974 Major James V. Sullivan, 37 (pilot) and Noel F. Widdifield, 33 (reconnaissance systems officer), flashed across the starting line (radar gates in New York) at approximately 80,000 feet and speed in excess of 2,000 miles per hour. Exactly 1 hour 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds later, they had set a new world speed record from New York to London England. 

01 September 1974

SR-71 Blackbird - Distance Speed Record - London to Los Angeles

A historic speed record was set on the return trip to the United States. Capt Harold B. Adams, 31 (pilot), and Major William Machorek, 32 (reconnaissance systems operator), set a speed record from London to Los Angeles. 

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