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Blackbird Airpark

The Flight Test Museum Foundation
Palmdale, California

See four top-secret US spy aircraft of the Cold War era, including the legendary SR-71 Blackbird and the A-12 Oxcart. 

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This museum annex displays four of the most advanced spy planes ever built, including the SR-71 Blackbird and the A-12 Oxcart, which could fly faster than a bullet and higher than a commercial jet.

Visitors can also see the U-2 Dragon Lady, which sparked the 1960 U-2 incident, and the D-21 drone, which was designed to be launched from the back of an M-21 (a variant of the A-12.) These aircraft were instrumental in gathering intelligence during the Cold War and beyond.

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While the museum itself is closed to the public, visitors can check out the airpark.

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