By SlowSong
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird-962. Isn't she magnificent? This is in the American hangar at Duxford and very difficult to get a decent shot of as there's so many people wandering around and clutter everywhere. But it's so special I had to do it and try to make something of it. It holds the speed and altitude record for a jet engined aircraft (or so I've read - that might have changed by now but I don't know).

V2's the original shot so you can see it in context.

I'm so pleased you've liked my aircraft pics this week. You always wonder how things are going to go when you try something new so I'm very heartened by your responses. Thank you.


Tags: General Transport Blackbird Aircraft Duxford Black and white Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Air show

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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 7:37AM
v1 for me today chris fantastic work nice one Wink

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 7:38AM
Nice work for V1 but I like the context provided by V2.
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
4 Jul 2012 7:41AM
Super work......I love the way you have made the clutter disappear, I had an oil painting of the SR-71 commissioned for my hublet and it now hangs proudly on our lounge wall. A magnificent aircraft.WinkWinkWink

This would look marvellous on any it.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 7:42AM
Wonderful work on version 1.

Your aircraft series have been fantastic!

fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
4 Jul 2012 7:43AM
Fine processing.

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
4 Jul 2012 7:44AM
Wow, thanks Julia!!! I nearly didn't put this up. What a great start to the day.
Cor 9 Belgium
4 Jul 2012 7:58AM
SUPERB shot and presentationSmileSmileSmileSmile
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
4 Jul 2012 8:27AM
Excellent presentation Chris, a world apart from the original. And it works !! congratulations on the U/A too.
sherring 10 46 13 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 8:48AM
Pretty sure it flew over my house when I was a kid. Must have been landing at Filton for an airshow or something.

Richsr 11 91 223 England
4 Jul 2012 8:58AM
Well processed here Chris, the lines of this expensive plane stand out well
Regards Richard
RogBrown 11 3.1k 10 England
4 Jul 2012 9:07AM
Was there last Thurs with DaveU & DeSilver. Beautiful plane & you've done a good job of isolating it from the clutterd b/g.
DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
4 Jul 2012 9:18AM
Went there last week but my image of this beast is no where as good as this. I shall have to think twice now of putting my image up??

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 9:19AM
My favourite so far. Lines, curves, light.
Leilani 13 29 3 England
4 Jul 2012 9:40AM
V1 well done in isolating her, she's beautiful! One of my favourite planes! Smile
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 9:42AM
Utterly correct decision to go with V1, Chris. This is how Blackbird should be seen. Of course, in practice she would have been too fast to see Smile
My understanding of military aircraft concerns the Ancient rather than the Modern, but I have a feeling that the speed/altitude records are still hers.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
4 Jul 2012 1:55PM
You've done it so great, V1 surpasses the original way too far. Wonderful achievement!
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
4 Jul 2012 2:56PM
A fine looking piece of machinery, but your presentation in V1 really does it justice - an excellent bit of work, Chris Wink
Trev Smile
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
4 Jul 2012 2:58PM
Superb presentation in V.1, Chris. Carol
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
4 Jul 2012 3:36PM
Thanks for your vote and comment on my 'Whitby Sunset' upload, Chris Smile In answer to your question, Goathland is pronounced just how it looks, with the accent on the first half of it's name - the 'Goath' bit rhymes with 'oath'! Wink
Trev Smile
4 Jul 2012 3:39PM
Awesome pictures.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
4 Jul 2012 4:03PM
I do believe they are still in use Chris.
The curvy shapes were for less detection with radar.
Good shots.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
4 Jul 2012 4:59PM
Wouldn't mind going for a wee burn up in this little critter.......You could be back before you knew you left!!!

V1's manipulation is very good....

milky 14 Wales
4 Jul 2012 5:46PM
Excellent detail, and a fantastic image-----Gary(milky)
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 6:16PM
Great work!
xwang 9 56 8
4 Jul 2012 6:31PM
I like your B&W. V1 is very artisitic.. V2, tells me where it is...and the figure with hat made the picture more interesting.. feel like in the real timeGrin
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
4 Jul 2012 6:51PM
Oh ho ho...thank you so much for these, Chris SmileSmileSmileSmile

V2 for the moment itself...and V1 for doing this beauty such justice.

A Smile
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 7:42PM
Love V1, superb work Chris.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
4 Jul 2012 8:27PM
Clever stuff Chris - V1 it is.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
4 Jul 2012 8:28PM
Oh Wow Andrew. I've never got 2 UAs for one pic before. Brilliant. xxxxxxxxxxx
neonknight 13 1 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 8:59PM
V1 really works nice one,John
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 9:57PM
You have done wonders with this, Chris.
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 11:39PM
An amazing looking aircraft and well done for getting it without folk in the way. You've done a great job here.

posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2012 6:51AM
V1 is stunning....the only compliment that hasn't been used Smile Well done ...

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
5 Jul 2012 8:14PM
V1 shows off the perfect lines of this gem of engineering
By reducing the clutter and making the shape stand out you have produced an outstanding result. Unfortunately too late for my award but it would deserve it.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
5 Jul 2012 9:20PM
Aw, thank you Annette. I'll take it as a virtual UA with thanks. Smile
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
6 Jul 2012 3:21PM
looks like a toy in #1...
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 4:11PM
V1, well worked, that's a fine image of this 'little' beast!
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2012 7:47AM
Very nicely done Chris. Great stuff
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
7 Jul 2012 8:53AM
really like what youve done with v1. congrats on the awards.lesley
mlseawell 8 1 United States
27 Jul 2012 9:16PM
As a "retired" U.S Air Force guy and jet buff I REALLY appreciate this capture. The SR-71 is an incredible bird and your capture is on point!

TyChee 13 275 1 United States
3 Aug 2012 7:08PM
I've love this aircraft since I was a little kid. Awesome shot!

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