The US- Soviet Cold War thankfully remained ‘Cold’ until the collapse of the Soviet Union, but the brewing tension between the two super powers resulted in several mini ‘Hot’ wars in Korea and Vietnam and also other events like the Cuban Missile Crisis and the infamous erection of the Berlin Wall.
Aerial exploration to determine the whereabouts of the enemy became a very important operation in the struggle to gain the upper hand. The U.S. deployed the Lockheed U-2 aka “Dragon Lady” - an ultra high altitude reconnaissance aircraft which provided all weather intelligence gathering. There were a couple of incidents of the U-2 being shot down by the Soviet armies and later also made appearances in post Cold War conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The beast in the picture - the SR-71 Blackbird, was developed in order to make up for the relatively slow speed of the U-2. The aim was to build an untraceable aircraft and the Blackbird surely was one. With a top speed of 2,200 mph, the Blackbird was capable of outfly an missiles. Quite staggering! It was vastly used during the Vietnam war and is the world’s fastest jet-propelled aircraft.
I clicked these pictures at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum in Virginia. Coming from a family of airplane enthusiasts, I probably didn’t gather the same levels of enthusiasm, but it was an absolute treat to watch my father - a aircraft geek, if you will - to watch these aircrafts in awe.
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