The SR-71 has been considered the world's fastest and highest flying piloted aircraft for the past 30 years. The aircraft flew at more than 2200 mph and at altitudes over 85,000 feet. For thermal experiments, this produced heat soak temperatures of over 600 degrees Fahrenheit.
The SR-71 was in service with the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1998. Since 1976, it has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft.
Robert "Bob" Gilliland made the first flight of the SR-71 on December 22, 1964, taking the aircraft to Mach 1.5 and 50,000 feet altitude, and served as the principal test pilot.
This museum-quality handcrafted model comes complete on Gilliland-signed base, perfect for display.
Master craftsmen, working from three-dimensional drawings, handcraft each model from either the finest Philippine mahogany or state-of-the-art composite. Each model is shaped with remarkable precision and attention to detail. Several stages of fine sanding, between primer coats, produce a smooth finish ready for final painting. Talented artists using ultra-fine brushes and decals, paint the nose art, stripes and markings. A final coat of clear polyurethane provides lasting protection and brilliance.
Scale:1/63 scale model
Certificate of Authenticity included.