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I was lucky enough to see an SR71 twice in person back in the mid eightys...
I was working for a rather large aircraft manufacturing outfit located next to Paine field in Everett Wa.
I was used to seeing 747's cruise past at what seemed impossibly slow speeds.
This aircraft was quite different.

I was in an offsite building just East of the main factory complex and we heard through the grapevine that one of these amazing aircraft was going to pay a quick visit.
We all went outside around the time that it was supposed to swing through... as I was looking and listening I also got to see/hear/feel it fly by at maybe a thousand feet off the runway. It was moving!
Just a couple minutes later it came past again at low altitude and pulled up into a vertical climb with ease, wagged the wings a couple times and climbed straight up completely out of sight...
I still get an adrenaline rush thinking about it... it was the most impressive thing I've seen even to this day.
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