Lockheed Sr 71 Blackbird.

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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Clarence Leonard, "Kelly" Johnson who was born on February 27, 1910 in the city of Ishpeming, Michigan. He was the designer of the Sr-71 Blackbird. He won an award for his first aircraft design at the age of 13 and his parents were Swedish. He went to Flint Central High School and graduated in the year of 1928. He later went to the University of Michigan and earned a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering. His nickname “Kelly” came from a kid that used to call him “Clara” and the nickname “Kelly” stuck with him ever since. He lived by a motto of “Be quick, be quiet, and be on time.” He married Althea Louise Young, but she later died, and then Johnson married his secretary Mary Ellen Elberta Meade, which had died from a long illness at the age 38. He ended up marrying Mary’s friend, Nancy Powers Horrigan. He died of a long term illness at the age of 80 at the St. Joseph Medical Center; he died on December 21, 1990 in Los Angeles, California. He built many aircrafts such as the: The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, Lockheed U-2, Lockheed A-12, Lockheed F-104 Lightning, Lockheed YF-12, Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, Lockheed T-33, Lockheed Jet Star, Lockheed F-94Starfire, Lockheed XF-104, Lockheed Hudson, Lockheed NF-104A, Lockheed CL-400 Suntan, Lockheed XF-90, Lockheed CL-1200 Lancer, and Lockheed XP-49. He won an award for National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and National Medal of Science in Engineering. The SR- 71 was built in the year of…

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