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2100 hours Captain James S Steward of the United States Air Force straps on his G-suit and goes over his mission briefings one last time He walks out into the hanger and awaits his chariot The SR-71 Blackbird the fastest plane in the world with its twin turbine engines and slick black radar absorbent skin make him a flying shadow in the air His mission to fly a covert reconnaissance mission over Moscow the heart of the USSR Intelligence believe that the Russians have a build up of nuclear missile silos around the capitol With the Cuban missile crisis at hand the United States cannot let their guard down on a sneak attack from the Communists Another suicide-run says Captain Steward to his flight maintainer Yes sir replies the private Captain Steward squeezes into his cockpit seat like a sardine in a can Little switches gauges and buttons embellish the cockpit each with a crucial part in flying the aircraft Ready to rock n roll Steward pulls the Blackbird out of the hanger like a cumbersome Oldsmobile but only this special Oldsmobile can travel over twice the speed of sound undetected by enemy radar With a push of the throttle the twin-turbine engines roar with authority The bird takes flight disappearing into the night skies evanescently The only sign that it exists is the trademark sonic boom as it passes the sound barrier After approximately seven hours flight time and two in- flight re-fuelings the Blackbird reaches its destination Moscow Russia The thermal imaging camera located in the birds hull depicts the radioactivity from nuclear silos as bright yellow and orange blobs on the terrain The images show seas of yellow throughout Moscow The city resembles a giant missile base up
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