A big piece of history … just hanging around.
The flown SR-71 Blackbird spy plane in our lobby reminds us of the epic engineering feats we build on as we look to the future of flight.
45 years ago today, two SR-71 planes set two momentous records:
- One flew over 85,000 feet high.
- That’s nearly the edge of space! At that height, stars are visible overhead at noon. In fact, the plane was programmed to navigate by the stars.
- Another reached speeds of just over 2,193 miles per hour.
- At that rate, you could fly from Hutchinson, Kansas to New York City in 35 minutes!
Get a first-hand account of what it was like to fly one of these amazing planes in our interview with SR-71 pilot Col. Buz Carpenter.
And of course, come to the Cosmosphere to enjoy the breathtaking sight of this marvel in person!