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On paper it would out run any missle with prior warning. But in reality in a dog fight at close range its unlikely it would be at top speed to do so quickly enough.



There is no such thing as "dogfight at close range" with an aircraft that travels at Mach 3+ when cruising into enemy territory.

Even the slightest turn at those speeds moves the airplane by 10s of miles.

Any attempt to intercept or shoot down planes that fast happens at great distances and is totally dependent on computers, radar, and missiles.


It wouldn't get much time to spy at that speed, it has to slow down at its destination and it's fuel limits won't allow great distances without speed changes. Top speed is different from real speed


You're badly misinformed on the SR-71.

> It wouldn't get much time to spy at that speed

That's why you take photos and do the spying part back on base. The SR-71's weapon was its sophisticated camera setup.

> it's fuel limits won't allow great distances without speed changes

When it set its speed record, it crossed from LA to DC on one tank of fuel. (It tanked up immediately after takeoff and immediately before landing, but the cross-country flying part didn't involve a tanker.)




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