The SR-71 Blackbird Took Its First Flight 50 Years Ago Today

No other plane in history has captured the hearts and minds of the American public quite like the SR-71 Blackbird, providing the West with an unprecedented look behind the Iron Curtain during its 33 year operational career. But before it was cracking the skies over Russia at mach 3.3, the Cold War spy plane had to… »12/22/14 3:43pm12/22/14 3:43pm

The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h). Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird took off. It's still the world's fastest airplane with a speed of 2,193 mph (3,530 km/h.) This fascinating video explains its top secret engine technology. »12/20/14 7:22am12/20/14 7:22am

Rare photos of the SR-71 Blackbird show its amazing history

The SR-71 Blackbird is, without a doubt, the most advanced airplane ever built in relation to the technology available at the time. It broke all aviation records, it flew incredible missions, and it became the stuff of legend. Lockheed Martin published its history in this collection of high resolution scans of old… »12/12/14 11:24am12/12/14 11:24am

This photo shows the future we once dreamed of—and lost

This incredible photo of a SR-71 Blackbird being refueled in mid-air was taken by Sgt. P.A. Tubridy in 1988. It was the symbol of the United States' military power. It was the symbol of the country's incredible technological prowess. Now, it represents the future that we used to dream of—and make. A future that feels… »12/30/13 11:51am12/30/13 11:51am

This is the amazing Lockheed Martin SR-72—the space Blackbird

Aviation Week's Guy Norris has an exclusive article on the successor for the Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird, the legendary spy plane that may be the favorite of every airplane nerd in the world. The hypersonic SR-72 is the first aircraft that can fit perfectly in Star Wars or Galactica, a true space age ship. »11/01/13 10:27am11/01/13 10:27am

The Most Badass Plane Ever Had An Equally Awesome Flight Suit

At the height of the Cold War, if you wanted a peek behind the Iron Curtain, it had to be a birds's eye view from 63,000 feet—above the reach of Soviet SAM batteries. And to fly that high, America's elite SR-71 pilots had to wear the most advanced flight suits this side of the Apollo program. »4/12/13 1:30pm4/12/13 1:30pm

Blackbird Rider Nylon Guitar Actually Carbon-Fiber and Nearly Indestructible

Blackbird's Rider Nylon guitar is actually not made of nylon—ok its strings are—but instead it's far more highly-tech'd and its body and neck are actually carbon fiber. It may not be bullet-proof, but Blackbird says its "nearly indestructible," making it perfect as a travel guitar. The material has meant a few design… »11/18/08 6:50am11/18/08 6:50am

VoodooPC Will Survive, But Confirms "Integration" into HP

I just got off the phone with Rahul Sood, founder of VoodooPC, who confirmed that the rumors of Voodoo's demise »10/03/08 5:02pm10/03/08 5:02pm were not just premature but "nonsense," but said "HP is asking us to integrate into the larger execution engine." Rahul is comfortable speaking both plainly and in business-ese—what we take this to mean is…

HP Blackbird 002 Exhilaration Refresh Packs Newly Loosed Nvidia GTX 280 in SLI

HP is one of the first out the door with Nvidia's right-off-the-presses GeForce GTX 280 in its Blackbird 002 Exhilaration edition. Also making up the Blackbird's refreshed guts are an nForce 790i Ultra motherboard ('cause the GTX 280s are in SLI), 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, quad-core Core 2 Extreme processor (QX9770).… »6/16/08 12:30pm6/16/08 12:30pm

HP Blackbird Gaming PC Dinged for Vista OS and Slow ATI Video cards

The Blackbird 002 by HP looked like the gaming PC to have, with smart design including that aluminum stand. Maximum PC just gave it a 7/10 score for two main reasons: Vista OS hurts its game performance, as does its SLI implementation hacked up to use twin ATI cards...slower ATI cards. Will Smith, EIC, says his top… »10/23/07 9:38pm10/23/07 9:38pm

The Love Child of HP and Voodoo: Blackbird 002 Gaming PC Photos and Impressions

When HP acquired Voodoo PC, the boutique gaming maker, I could think of only one thing: What would a creative PC maker like Rahul Sood do with the resources of a small platoon of HP engineers? The Blackbird 002 is the first collaboration, built with lots of HP workstation and server innovations, and a few neat tricks… »9/05/07 7:30pm9/05/07 7:30pm

Blackbird Rider: Carbon Fiber Guitar Waited for this Moment to Arise

The Blackbird Rider is a guitar made out of carbon fiber that was designed using 3D CAD software. It's 2/3 the size of an ordinary guitar but makes up for that by being hollow throughout—even in its neck and head—making the entire guitar a sound box. The goal of this design was to get the sound of a big acoustic… »1/24/07 8:28am1/24/07 8:28am