Odds & Sods

This section contains information that may not be directly related to 400 or 411 Squadrons but is still of interest from a historical point of view.


SR-71 pilot and National Air and Space Museum docent Buz Carpenter gives a fascinating tour of his favorite plane, the SR-71 Blackbird, the world’s fastest jet. Since 1976, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird has held the world record for the fastest ‘air-breathing manned aircraft’ with a recorded speed of 1,905.81 knots (2,193.2 mph; 3,529.6 km/h). That works out to a staggering 36.55 miles/58.83 km per minute.

Thanks to Member Tom Clarke