The story of the SR-71 Blackbird that outran Gaddafi’s SAMs during a BDA flight of Libya in support of Operation El Dorado Canyon
“It is a race the SR-71 will not let us lose. The Mach eases to 3.5 as we crest 80,000 feet. We are a bullet now – except faster. Screaming past Tripoli, our phenomenal speed continues to rise, and the screaming Sled pummels the enemy one more time, laying down a parting sonic boom…”
SR-71 Blackbird Vs Gaddafi’s SAMs.
On Apr. 14, 1986, Operation El Dorado Canyon launched air-strikes against Libya in response to Libya’s bombing of a Berlin discotheque frequented by US military personnel. The attack was performed by a strike-group of 18 U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-111s supported by numerous U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) A-6, A-7 and F/A-18 aircraft.
On Apr. 16, 1986 after the raid, SR-71 #64-17960 piloted by Maj. Brian Shul w… Continue Reading (8 minute read)