When it comes to curb appeal, few airplanes in history can match the look of the SR-71 "Blackbird." And nothing in the Air Force's inventory -- past or present -- can beat its signature performance characteristics. Here are 11 photos that show why the Blackbird remains the standard of aviation cool:


The SR-71 "Blackbird" was a high-speed, high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft developed by Lockheed's legendary "Skunk Works" team in the 1960s.

(Photo: U.S. Air Force)