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Smithsonian Profile on SR-71 Blackbird - ROTF Jetfire

Transformers News: Smithsonian Profile on SR-71 Blackbird - ROTF Jetfire

Monday, June 22nd, 2009 5:53PM CDT

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Seibertron.com member Archanubis has alerted us of a new article in Smithsonian Magazine that profiles the SR-71 Blackbird, the real plane that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen's Jetfire's alt-mode is based upon.

Here is an excerpt.

Of course, the actual SR-71 Blackbird had transformed manned flight long before special-effects animators saw its potential. Created as the ultimate spy plane, the SR-71, which first took to the air in December 1964, flew reconnaissance missions until 1990, capable of hurtling along at more than Mach 3, about 2,280 miles per hour—faster than a rifle bullet—at 85,000 feet, or 16 miles above the earth. It is the fastest jet-powered airplane ever built. At top speeds, the surface heat of the airframe could reach 900 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Re: Smithsonian Profile on SR-71 Blackbird - ROTF Jetfire (940674)
Posted by Zeds on June 22nd, 2009 @ 6:51pm CDT
That is one sexy plane and TF!

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