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Data: Blackbird Power Plant: 2 Shi'ar vari-function hot-inlet compressor
fuel are combustion engines(ram jets) Wing Span: 62 feet 6 inches Length, overall, incl. nose probe: 88 Feet 4 inches
Height: 19 feet 2 inches Cabin: Max. width 9 feet 5 inches, Max. height
7 feet 1 inch Normal tale-off weight: 145,000 lbs. Max. Level speed at Sea Level: Mach 2.3 (1,770
mph) Max. Level speed at 120,000 Feet: Mach 4.2 (3,234
mph) Max. rate of climb at SL to 80,000 feet: 29.5 MPS
Service ceiling: 230,000 feet Range with max. fuel, 5% fuel reserve, 5,500 lbs payload:
8,200 miles Range with max fuel, 5% fuel reserve: 12,600 miles
Accommodation: Flight crew of 3, 4 passenger, negative
direction, high velocity escape capsule, sleep 4 vertical
take-off and landing from fixed engines:uses fuel trim
tanks for stability: full 3 month survival gear.
Operational equipment: Shi'ar cloaking device,
all-band communications, deep-space ready cabin, intelligence
gathering equipment of Shi'ar and human design.
The X-Men's primary aircraft, known as the Blackbird,
is a projected design by Carence "Kelly" Johnson, former
head of the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation Projects Group
(the "Skunk Works") prior to his retirement. The Skunk
Works were responsible for the design and fabrication
of the still- unequaled 1960's and 70's record-holding
high performance strategic/reconnaissance craft the SR-71
, and its offensive version, the YF-12A. These craft are
two seaters and the X-Men Blackbird (projected designation:
RS-150) accommodates a flight crew of 3 and 4 passengers
(that is: protected by escape gear; more loose passengersare
possible). The RS-150 was never realized as part of the
United States reconnaissance program, but in the early
70s S.H.I.E.L.D. (Supreme Headquaters International Espionage
and Law-Enforcement Devision) acquired the design and
exotic tooling experience of this craft from Lockheed
and produced an unspecified number of these highly classified
aircraft. Only one survives today, the X-Men Blackbird.
The rest apparently have been destroyed under unknown
circumstances. The current Blackbird had been completely
re-built using ultra-advanced Shi'Ar technology. Problems
encountered at Mach 4 plus flight speeds, such as high
temperatures, mechanical operations and stability, and
routine equipment functioning have now been eliminated.