Manufacturer: Lockheed

Model: unknown

Name: Raven ("Baby Blackbird")

Type: Research aircraft

Date: 1961

Status: Experimental

Country: United States of America

Service: U.S. Air Force

Designation: unknown


Ever wondered how the CIA and USAF could have accepted the most advanced aircraft in the world without even a single demonstrator first to validate the technologies?

Well, here's the answer at last: there actually WAS one! The Lockheed Raven (affectionately known at the Skunk Works as the "Baby Blackbird") was a sub-scale proof-of-concept demonstrator for the Cygnus program, which spawned the famed Blackbird family of aircraft. It was first flown on August 23, 1961.


The Raven was created by completely reworking a Lockheed Blackbird photo (see below right), shortening the fuselage considerably and modifying the proportions of the various elements.

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