A USAF Lockheed SR-71A “Blackbird” does a fast fly-by at its Mildenhall base in 1987 showing the classic exhaust shock diamonds generated by the engines in full reheat.

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My real name is Colin but most people know me as Oscar. I took my first photos in the early 1950s and my favorite subjects are aircraft, natural history, trucks and traction engines. I use Canon EOS cameras and a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses. My website URL is

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  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 2 years ago

    Great Image of a great aeroplane.Colin. Have a model of this and also Flight-Sim of it too. – Ted

  • Thanks Ted! Alas the Blackbird is gone from the skies – I’d love to be the first to photograph its rumoured successor, the Aurora.

    – Colin Smedley

  • fototaker
    fototakerover 1 year ago

    Now I am totally impressed! wow!

  • Many thanks for that!

    – Colin Smedley

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