If the SR-71 was attacked by surface-to-air missiles, it simply flew higher, faster, and in a slightly different direction to outrun them.

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, …

If the SR-71 was attacked by surface-to-air missiles, it simply flew higher, faster, and in a slightly different direction to outrun them. Read More »