You are looking at a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, long range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft. It is the centerpiece display at the Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulled International Airport.
I shot it a week ago today with my good friend, Jacques Gudé on that hour long whirlwind photo shoot I wrote about the other day. It was a fantastic day of shooting that culminated here at the Hazy Center. We were like kids in a candy store.
I am still amazed at our timing. Not only was there barely another person roaming the floor, we managed to save $15 on parking (free parking after 4:00pm, woohoo!). The only way it could have been better is if we were allowed to use tripods, but rules are rules. I understand.
This is such an impressive aircraft to see in person. I hope I am doing it justice here. It was shot just before closing. I had the 50mm lens on the camera and found that it was the perfect focal length to isolate the plane from the primary observation area. That same vantage point is also a great place to grab a very wide shot of Hazy Center, which Jacques and I both did. Jacques’ fish shot of the Hazy Center is here. Be sure to check it out.
While you are there, be sure to poke around his site. If you are not familiar with his work, you will be amazed. Even if you are. Same results. Amazed. Amazing work.