The lights are on
It’s certainly no Normandy SR2 (or even the SR1), but the new Lockheed Martin SR-72 could be their predecessor. The new high altitude craft can reportedly reach speeds of up to Mach 6, twice that of the SR-71 that has been a fixture in geek culture and featured in X-Men and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
The last SR-71 Blackbird was decommissioned nearly 10 years ago. Its successor is designed for reconnaissance, intelligence, and military strikes. According to Lockheed Martin’s Brad Leland, the SR-72’s speed would make it significantly more difficult for mobile targets to hide, something that was still a problem with the SR-71.
As for its looks, you can read the technical explanation for all of its angles and curves in the exclusive Aviation Week story. Or, you can just imagine that the team at Lockheed Martin are big fans of BioWare’s Mass Effect series.
[Source: Aviation Week via Washington Post]
Image: Lockheed Martin
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I think you're seeing things because you want to....
Awwe now I see it too.
Eh, that's a bit of a stretch.
And people say the player ship in Destiny looks like the Normandy. I don't see the resemblance in either that instance or this. Especially this.
I don't see much of a resemblance at all here.
Wow, I guess the paper airplane I made earlier looks like it too! I mean, it had wings...definite front end and back end....and was somewhat aerodynamic....
I'm not seein' it, Futter. Futter, I just...I just ain't seein' it. I'm sorry man, but It's just not happenin'.
I don't think it looks anything like the normandy. I does however look very much like all the other hypersonic concept art that has been arround for years.
What a waste of an article.
Prehaps, Bioware and the makers of this aircraft got inspiration from the SAME SOURCE. It'd be cool if Mass Effect was that influential, but it probably isn't in this case.
Hopefully it doesn't piss fuel like its older brother...
The SR-71 looks closer to the Normandy than the SR-72