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Starting in 1956, we made many studies and tests to improve the survivability of the U-2 by attempting to fly higher and faster as well as reducing its radar cross-section and providing both infra-red and radar jamming gear. Very little gains were forthcoming except in cruise altitude so we took up studies of other designs. We studied the use of new fuels such as boron slurries and liquid hydrogen. 5. The design [CL-400] was scrapped, however, because of the terrible logistic problems of providing [hydrogenl fuel in the field.

Lockheed Martin TOP: The first M-21 (60-6940) on its first flight with a 0-21 attached. 5km/h) above 90,OOOft (27,OOOm). Lockheed Martin ABOVE: The M-21 was powered by two 34,OOOlb thrust J58 engines while the 0-21 was driven by a single 1,500lb thrust ramjet engine. Lockheed Martin An F-104 chase plane with the M-21 and 0-21 on their first flight together. Lockheed Martin Air-launching a relatively larg aircraft from the back of another while they were travelling at a very high speed was 'risky busine ' in th tru I' sense of that phra e_ In fact, it had n vel' been done before.

Payne. Lockheed Martin BELOW: Ten SR-71As and the lone surviving SR-71B (61-7956) are shown here at Beale AFB in mid-1968. The other SR-71B (61-7957) crashed to destruction on 11 January 1968. Lockheed Martin CHAPTER FIVE ABOVE: The sixth production SR-71A (61-7955) returns to Palmdale after its first flight on 17 August 1965. This was a dedicated SR-71 test aircraft operated primarily by Air Force Logistics Command out of Palmdale. The Skunk Works logo on its tail is noteworthy. Lockheed Martin Another PR photo showing a pair of Blackbirds and their respective crew members.

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