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The SR-71 Blackbird is a testament to what some men can achieve with a slide rule and a piece of chalk. The Mach 3 long-range reconnaissance aircraft was developed long before CAD software and supercomputers, hell, even the game Pong would have been futuristic back in 1964 when the plane was built by Lockheed Martin’s infamous “Skunkworks” division.

Over 85% of the Blackbird was made from titanium and the top speed was such that when a surface to air missile launch was detected, the SR-71 would simply accelerate and outrun the missile using pure speed. There isn’t a red blooded male alive who doesn’t think that that is the coolest thing they’ve ever heard.

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Founder & Senior Editor Silodrome

Ben Branch has had his work featured on CNN, Popular Mechanics, the official Smithsonian Magazine, Road & Track Magazine, the official Pinterest blog, the official eBay Motors blog, BuzzFeed, and many more.

Silodrome was founded by Ben back in 2010, in the years since the site has grown to become a world leader in the alternative and vintage motoring sector, with millions of readers around the world and hundreds of thousands of followers on social media.

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