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Why was the production of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird halted?

Why did they stop building it? Because they built 32, and that was as many as was needed at the time. 32 spy planes was plenty for the USAF/CIA to use, so building more would have been a waste. By ...
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Why do the F-22 and F-35 look similar to each other and different from previous designs?

ymb1 is right - stealth and not styling determine the looks of both the F-22 and the F-35. But there is more to it. Watch Lockheed test pilot Tom Morgenfeld talk about them in this video: ...
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What is this Lockheed Martin plane?

Lockheed Martin Sabre Warrior UCAV (concept): Source Source From Defence Forum India: The Sabre Warrior drone is 46 feet long, with a 36-foot wingspan, capable of taking off with 30,000 pounds ...
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Why was the production of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird halted?

For several reasons: First off, the SR-71 was a plane which was never intended. An earlier Blackbird incarnation, the single seat A-12 had been in service for several years with the CIA under the ...
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Will Lockheed Martin Flight Services send me ACAS, EasyActivate™, and other text messages if I file my flight plan through ForeFlight Mobile?

Based on my personal experience, the answer is NO (as of the time of writing). I use both systems regularly, and have discovered the two do not share flight plans at the user account level. ForeFlight ...
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Why was the production of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird halted?

Production of the SR-71 halted, quite simply, because they had built as many of them as they needed (or, perhaps, as many as they could afford). Pretty much like everything else, really.
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Why was the production of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird halted?

The SR-71 was a special plane with capabilities beyond what are commonly known. It was also incredibly expensive and was limited by high maintenance costs and special equipment requirements which ...
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What does Lockheed have to do to mark the end of the F-35's SDD?

The clearest explanation I have found, comes from the Congressional Research Service (www.crs.gov), from RL30563.pdf: The F-35 is currently in low-rate initial production, with 280 aircraft ...
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