Why Was This Plane Invulnerable: The SR-71 Blackbird Story
Mustard Why Was This Plane Invulnerable The SR 71 Blackbird Story

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The Cold War locked the United States and Soviet Union into a tense struggle for global influence and control. The first purpose-built American spy plane to fly over the Soviet Union was the Lockheed U-2. Neither fast nor stealthy, the U-2’s tactical advantage was that it could supposedly fly above soviet radar and air defenses. Yet even before the U-2 began surveillance missions, there were already plans for the next generation of spy plane. The need for a U-2 successor became more pressing as Soviet radars had tracked the U-2 since the very first reconnaissance flight. In 1960, a Soviet surface to air missile downed a U-2 deep within soviet airspace, heightening tensions between the two Cold War rivals. If America was to continue vital reconnaissance missions over the Soviet Union, it would need an aircraft with a combination of incredible speed, altitude and stealth. In 1959, the CIA chose Lockheed over rival Convair to build the next generation of spy plane. Lockheed’s highly classified spy plane would be known as the A-12. Originally designed for the CIA for reconnaissance, the A-12 was also developed as an interceptor prototype, along with a variant that could launch an unmanned reconnaissance drone. The SR-71 Blackbird, a later variant developed for the Air Force would go on to serve for decades while the other variants were quickly retired. Nearly 60 years after their first flight, the SR-71 and its A-12 successors remain the fastest air breathing jets to ever fly. Lockheed’s engineers had to innovate many aspects of the aircraft from unique engine characteristics, stealth features, to the extensive use of titanium for the first time in an aircraft. For years, the SR-71 Blackbirds were practically invulnerable, being able to outfly and out climb any threat, but by 1980s, Mig-31s and a new of generation of surface to air missiles began to erode the aircraft’s impunity. The SR-71 Blackbirds were finally retired from service in 1998. These reconnaissance aircraft were enormously expensive to operate and politics and infighting for defense budgets eventually had the SR-71s days numbered. Advances in spy satellites, aerial drones and the SR-71’s inability to deliver surveillance data in real time, diminished some of the plane’s utility. #SR71 #Blackbird #SpyPlanes Link to the Mustard Store: www.mustardchannel.com/store Special thanks to Nick Arehart for helping clean up our audio: https://twitter.com/airhrt_ Special thanks to: Coby Tang, Christian Altenhofen, Razvan Caliman, Xan Daven, Joseph Zadeh, Felix Wassmer, and Colin Millions for supporting us on Patreon and helping Mustard grow: https://www.patreon.com/MustardChannel Music (reproduced under license): Intro: "Heartbeat Suspense" - https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/35398806/heartbeat-suspense.html Main Song: "Not Who You Think - Full Track" - https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/79573803/not-who-you-think-full-track.html Extro: "Wake Up Instrumental (80S Film Synth Movie Soundtrack)" - https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/39981638/wake-instrumental-80s-film-synth-movie-soundtrack.html Thanks for watching! Please Like, Comment and Subscribe


Tom M : I thought I was being rickrolled at 7:02

Naufal Hakim : literally no one: blackbird: suffering from success

CrimZon Pegasus : To make the long message short: "Plane Literally Too Fast To Die"

Mukund Shivakumar : Graphics 10/10 Facts 10/10 Anti-clickbait 999/10 Best YouTube channel ever

Kick butoxy : Los Angeles center reported receiving a request to clearance to FL60(flight level 60000ft). The incredulous controller with some disdain in his voice, Asked, "How exactly do you plan to get up to 60000ft?" The piolet (obviously a sled driver) responded "Centre we were hoping to descent to it." He was cleared immediately.

bryn eka : USAF: "hey everybody we officially retired all SR-71" world: "ahhh finally we now stop monitoring our stratosphere" USAF: "see, they believe it, now we can fly it with zero suspicion"

FroztByte Gamer : The SR-71: A plane made of titanium going so fast that it can accidentally incinerate itself.

FabledSomething : Fun fact. CIA started several shadow companies that bought the Titanium to build the planes, from the Russians. As they were the ones with most of the mines on the planet. ^^ The Russians was then the key component to spy upon themselves. Without them, the plane could not be built. Damn it must have hurt real bad when this was finally revealed to them.


AirsoftSlo : The damn thing ran faster than a missile that was targeting them.

It's Just a Gorilla : These animations man. Smooth as a baby's buttcheeks

Acturas : Imagine what's flying now that we don't know about.

Dai Jeffery : It's funny how the titanium used for the SR-71 came from the Soviet Union; they didn't know who they were selling it to.

cobra3289 : This Channel is so much better than Discovery anD History

Mark F. : i wish the SR71 would blow up squarespace

SendarSlayer : Saw the title. I can answer the question. Because fast. Because high. Because very fast and very high.

D J : Mach 3.5....uh, no. Try faster.... 😉 The SR-71 program will be declassified in 2023....

Kristopher Priedkalns : I've seen one of these in an air museum in real life, it's unbelievable how flat it is for a plane.

OpbernationGamer : 4:50 And this is why I was in second grade I look up the sky I saw a dot and I was think that the rocket launch but now I watch this video it was a Blackbird flying over my elementary school.

incyphe : love the content, but your repetitive intonation... is hard to listen.

SandPox : These graphics mate

NiggaNiggaNi : One of the most beautiful things that mankind has ever made. Just simply astonishing.

Jules : The SR71 Blackbird is the fastest and highest air breathing plane Modified Plane from SimplePlanes: Hold my Beer

ANTIQUEFOTOS : I still think the Blackbird has the best moniker and the best style. Not to mention unbelievable engineering!

12mrmajestic : Not as fast as Thunderbird 1! 5000 mph!

StoMo Productions : This was an absolute beauty of a video

Madhurjya Saikia : Black bird design was very futuristic and beautiful.

velkoto1 : As an Eastern European I'm used to Russian planes and I must say I love them because they are cheap and reliable and in most cases superior to US rivals. But ever since I was 5 and I saw this plane for the first time I just can't stop admiring it. Now 29 years later I still can't believe what an amazing piece of technology this plane is and sometimes I even consider the alien technology conspiracy even though I know its bullshit. The SR-71 looks like nothing else today, imagine what it looked like for the people in the 60s and 70s. Amazing plane made by amazing people. Very well done, mr. Kelly Johnson and all other people in the Lockheed Scunk Works.

Primus 001 : This video had me like: THE NUMBERS MASON WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

Dr. Alias : I actually saw a real one of these! Edit: in a museum

Van Hendrix : The SR71 Blackbird is one of the coolest planes ever made. It could fly higher, faster than anything it went up against. And it had a cool name too

Robert Damon : I recently saw a BB on display at the Omaha , NB SAC museum. Check this out...How the Mig-31 repelled the SR-71 Blackbird from Soviet skies December 11, 2013 Dario Leone Military Aviation, Top Stories

BreakTheSilence : I'm a simple man... I see Blackbird video... I watch Blackbird video... "Though I fly through the valley of death I shall fear no evil. For I am at 80.000 feet and climbing"

Kevin Quist : DAMN i LOVE this plane. stunning.

Frank Quitely : Probably the best narrator I have heard on YouTube.

mbogucki1 : You need to make vintage looking posters. I would pay for those.

Trishagrace Obando : The SR71A Black bird has reach its top speed 2,193 mph or 3,537,366 km/p.3x faster than a sound.it was painted black to reduce the effect of heating due to friction with the air. I can only imagine a ghost flying.😂

DrHarryT : "Why Was This Plane Invulnerable:" High altitude flying and more importantly, it could outrun missiles.

AlainHubert : Graphics: 10/10 Research and facts: 10/10 Narration: 8/10 (the raised pitch on the last word of every single sentence is a bit annoying)

Boogla Oogla : Pilot: let’s start up this engine!- SR-71: disappears in a instant Pilot:...

Chuck Keough : I already know every single detail, story, fact, etc about this amazing plane.. but I'm gonna watch and thumbs up anyhow because the uploader obviously has good taste.

3Rayfire : You failed to use the one word that effectively describes Lockeed Skunk Works achievement with this plane. *MASTERPIECE*

XtremeConditions : Dude, this was hella' interesting. You've earned yourself a sub! This channel definitely deserves a million. :)

Eli : This dude ends every phrase with a high vocal pitch and idk why but it's driving me crazy

SYLperc : The plane had a leaky fuel tank. At speed, the pieces of the plane expanded due to heat, then sealing the tank. Imagine someone telling you 'yea it's broke until you go mach 2.'

MyCatInABox : MAN....what a badass video. These graphics are KILLER. (...just like all the OTHER Mustard videos)

Roman Zakharenko : The video uses modern Russian city names. Many of them were "anti-Soviet" in 1960s (e.g. Yekaterinburg, after Katherine II) and make no sense in this context.

Richard Tenison : Why was it invulnerable? It was fast.

impossiblemission4ce : "used as proof of Western against." Well… rightfully so?