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The film, American Spyplane Code Name: Black Magic is a documentary that tells the remarkable story of the Lockheed SR-71 code named by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), "Black Magic". The SR-71 was designed specifically for the CIA to quickly gather intelligence in hostile environments around the world. Capable of speeds in excess of mach 3 and cable to climb to a ceiling of 88,000 feet, the SR-71 is the fastest aircraft ever produced and is considered by many to be the ultimate spy-plane. While the Lockheed U-2 was the nations top photoreconnaissance aircraft during the 1950s, the SR-71 took over this role in the 1960s and performed this mission, without a loss of a single aircraft, until 1990 when all remaining aircraft were retired. The high cost of operating a SR-71 coupled with the increasing use of spy satellites for gathering intelligence meant that the SR-71 was redundant and could be phased out of use by 1990. Despite the SR-71's many years of operation, its last flight across the United States from the west coast to the east coast set one final speed record. "American Spyplane Code Name: Black Magic" includes never before released government film footage of the SR-71 in action, which allows the viewer to experience the incredibly high speed, power and grace of this magnificent piece of American technology. Also, included in this video is a running interview with one of the pilots who flew the SR-71 at the edge of space in the 1970s. Fullscreen in color. Released in 1990. Runtime 40 minutes.