”We were moving faster than a rifle bullet”

SR-71 RECORDS

One last, fast pass by 972 before its final landing at Dulles Airport on 6 March 1990.
USAF VIA PAUL CRICKMORE

When Congress decided in 1989 to cease funding the USAF’s ‘Senior Crown’ SR-71 programme, many said the decision was premature. The aircraft’s mid-1990s reactivation offered further proof. Its capabilities remained unique, and its performance unmatched.

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