The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is my husband’s favourite plane so after the success of the Concorde and Spitfire prints, he asked me if I would do this one next. We were lucky enough to hear Colonel Richard Graham talk at Imperial War Museum Duxford, stood beneath the SR-71 in their collection. We even queued up after to get him to sign our copy of his book about his experiences flying the Blackbird.
Finally retired in 1999, since 1976, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird has held the world record for the fastest ‘air-breathing manned aircraft’ with a recorded speed of 1,905.81 knots (2,193.2 mph; 3,529.6 km/h). That works out to a staggering 36.55 miles/58.83 km per minute.