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USAF SR-71 Spy Plane Fragment - 1968

The Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" was a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force. It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division.

The SR-71 was built for speed and stealth. Setting records as the world's fastest manned aircraft, the SR-71 easily cruised at more than three times the speed of sound. The spy plane was also the highest-flying manned aircraft, soaring to over 85K feet (26K meters). Development of this incredible aircraft required rethinking every aspect of aeronautical design. In fact, an entire industry grew up around the program as nearly every component was custom made, from the titanium alloy skin to the fuel its huge engines consumed.

This extremely limited-edition specimen is a 0.5 gram sample of SR-71 Titanium. The material comes from the overlapping flaps which surrounded the exhaust of the SR-71, also known as a "turkey feather." Opening and closing according to the pressure output of the afterburner, they are considered one of the hardest working parts of the aircraft.

These fragments have rough, sharp edges, so please use extreme caution when handling and never allow children to handle the specimens unattended. Uniquely hand-produced by the talented team at MiniMuseum, this particular item has never been handled nor has the case been opened.