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The SR-71 Blackbird is a long-range reconnaissance aircraft designed by Lockheed Corporation.
The Blackbird has seen use by a select number of countries around the globe.
During the days before the start of the Circum-Pacific War, the most well-known use of the SR-71 was done by the Yuktobanian Air Force, performing a recon mission near Cape Landers in Osea. A Osean SAM hit the plane but it kept on flying towards low altitude at sea in an attempt to flee. This prompt Osean command to send the Wardog Squadron to try to force it to land, though it was interrupted by Yuktobanian reinforcements. Surprisingly, it exploded shortly after the reinforcements arrived.
The Blackbird does not make an actual appearance, but a modified version known as the RF-12A2 Blackbird II is used by the player. This version is optimized for use in battle.
In Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies, the SR-71 returns, this time as a "bonus" aircraft. Two Blackbirds are present in the game.
The first Blackbird appears in Mission #08, Shattered Skies. It is the first target the player locks into upon beginning the mission. The Blackbird flies at 30,000 ft. elevation, around the Riass Space Center's proximity. It can be easily tracked in the radar as it is a very fast orange arrow. If not intercepted in time, the aircraft will accelerate and escape the battle zone. The second Blackbird is present in Mission #16, Whiskey Corridor. It is found in the south-western corner of the map at about 15,000 ft., just north of the Return Line.
The SR-71 Blackbird makes a single appearance in Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War. It is the Yuktobanian Air Force spy aircraft that the Wardog Squadron need to pursues in Mission #01, Shorebirds. Due to the Wardog Squadron not being allowed to attack, it can only be shot down using the gun. Doing so, however, will result in a mission failure.
However, once given permission to engage it is possible to shoot the SR-71 down with the machine gun. This can be tricky as no targeting assistance is given, and the plane has a habit of rapidly decelerating and causing you to crash if you're too close behind.
In Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War, when the Galm and Crow Squadrons arrive to Tauberg Plateau in mission 09 ("Sword of Annihilation/Operation Judgement"), the Belkan Ace Jens "Rabe" Thon (Assault Record 067) takes off from Excalibur on an SR-71 Blackbird and attempts to escape south at high altitude. Due to Rabe's speed, it is recommended to use a fast aircraft (e.i. Mirage 2000D or MiG-31 Foxhound) to intercept the Blackbird. An attacker like the A-10A can intercept the Blackbird by accelerating and checking the radar to confirm its position, at an altitude of 18,000 ft. Also, normal planes can use long-range weaponry (i.e. SAAMs) to attack the SR-71 at mid-range. The latter however, is not recommended due to danger of being caught in Excalibur's laser when trying to keep aimed at the enemy.
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation features a SR-71 Blackbird in mission 05 ("Anea Landing"). It is located at about 20,000 ft over Ortara Airport. It appears when you have to protect your landing forces.
- Ace Combat X2: Joint Assault features a SR-71 ace named Buzzword. This is the second Blackbird to be featured as an ace aircraft in the AC series (after ACZ).
The SR-71 makes its sole appearance in Rising High as a retreating enemy craft.
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