What It's Like To Fly A Top-Secret Spy Plane: A Live Conversation With…

The SR-71 Blackbird remains an icon of American aerospace engineering to this day. Its speed and operating ceiling are unrivaled. However, it did not simply spring forth fully-formed from the head of "Kelly" Johnson—it spent years in development as the A-12 Oxcart being flown by an elite group of Air Force pilots.… » 6/28/12 11:30am 6/28/12 11:30am

Secret A-12 Spy Plane Officially Unveiled at CIA's Headquarters, No…

This is the A-12, a supersonic spy plane that was the precursor of the SR-71 —and according to the CIA, even while they look similar, in some ways it was more advanced than the famous Blackbird. It's one of 10 planes that survived the 15-plane OXCART program, one of which is in the USS Intrepid in Manhattan. This one… » 9/21/07 5:30am 9/21/07 5:30am