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Blackbird cockpit - it's totally black when the canopy is shut to give pilots the best view of the sky.

Here's what the cockpit looked like. You can't actually see much of anything when the canopy comes down since the windows are so small and so high. You mostly see space!

Amazing ultra-high definition photo of the SR-71 Blackbird cockpit 15 awesome facts about the ISS

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Amazing ultra-high definition photo of the Blackbird cockpit 15 awesome facts about the ISS

The Blackbird navigation system called “R2-D2” had a sensor so powerful that it could detect up to 61 stars in broad daylight while the plane was still on the ground. Understandably, the navigation system would not be shown, but it would have been interesting to see inside the instrument panel inside the cockpit.

The Blackbird navigation system called had a sensor so powerful that it…

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird cockpit

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Amazing ultra-high definition photo of the SR-71 Blackbird cockpit

Amazing ultra-high definition photo of the SR-71 Blackbird cockpit

I still get the chills when I re-read Brian Shul& account of his Blackbird flight against enemy SAM batteries over Libya. Imagine yourself inside that tight cockpit with all the alarms sounding. This cool virtual reality view will help.

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Precursor to the Blackbird, the was developed for the CIA. First flown in April, the type was retired by being replaced by the Blackbird. This is the very first on display at Blackbird Park in Palmdale, California.

SR71  COCKPIT   | was extremely impressed by the level of detail in your display…

SR71 COCKPIT | was extremely impressed by the level of detail in your display…

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