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Why you had to be married to fly the CIA's fastest spy plane

12 days ago   |   By Business Insider

An A-12 aircraft.
US Air Force
During the Cold War, the CIA recruited an elite corps of pilots to fly its spy planes - the A-12, the YF-12, and the SR-71.
The CIA and Air Force had a set of mental, physical, and marital criteria for pilots hoping to fly the unique aircraft on highly sensitive missions.
The SR-71 Blackbird remains the fastest operational military aircraft in history to this day, despite leaving service more than two decades ago, but its Lockheed predecessor in the A-12 was actually faster. The A-12 that would ultimately lead to the missile-packing Mach 3 interceptor YF-12...
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