Lockheed Martin’s mysterious SR-72 — the fastest plane ever

In 2013, Lockheed Martin announced development of the successor to the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane.

The SR-71 was capable of reaching speeds over three times the speed of sound, and the SR-72 is intended to have even more impressive specs. Following is a transcript of the video.

The SR-72 is the successor to the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, which was the fastest plane to ever exist.

Built by Lockheed Martin in the 1960s, the SR-71 could reach speeds exceeding Mach 3 (above 2,200 mph). That's over 3 times faster than the speed of sound. The recon jets went out of service in 1998.

Development of the SR-72 was announced in 2013.

It will be headed by "Skunk Works," Lockheed's advanced development program. Lockheed calls the SR-72 a "game changer." The jet will be an unmanned hypersonic aircraft.

Lockheed claims it will reach speeds topping Mach 6 — over 4,500 mph — and they also want the jet to do more than just recon missions, including the ability to strike targets.

Experts say the jet could reach anywhere in the world within an hour.

Rumors of sightings have flooded the internet. Recently, an unmanned aircraft was seen at a Skunk Works facility. Reports say it could have been an early test for the SR-72. Lockheed confirmed plans to fly a research vehicle in the early 2020s.

If all goes well, it may not be long before the fastest plane ever hits the skies.

————————————————–

Follow BI Video on Twitter:
Follow BI on Facebook:
Read more:

————————————————–

Business Insider is the fastest growing business news site in the US. Our mission: to tell you all you need to know about the big world around you. The BI Video team focuses on technology, strategy and science with an emphasis on unique storytelling and data that appeals to the next generation of leaders – the digital generation.

Visits: 155

The Largest and Most Fascinating Drone of US Air Force : RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV

Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainers preparing an EQ-4 Global Hawk for its first launch. Plus a car is used to assist the global hawk during its take off.

Don't forget to subscribe us on Facebook or Twitter.

You have a question or you would like to send us footage. Send us a message.

Visits: 53

Terminator Weaponry – Future Weapons– Made in Scottsdale AZ used by Presidents

Crafted from titanium, the Dillon M134 unleashes an unbelievable 50 rounds a second, 3000 rounds a minute.

Available to buy on iTunes UK:

Subscribe to Discovery TV for more great clips:

Follow Discovery on Twitter:

Visits: 126