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The most noticeable remains (as seen from California hwy138) of the failed socialist utopian commune of the early 1900’s known as Llano Del Rio.

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The ever cool and nostalgic F-14 Tomcat on display at Palmdale Airpark.

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The faster and more classified of the 2 blackbird aircraft on display in Palmdale. The A-12. From what I’ve gathered, this craft flew top secret even 2 years before to the SR-71’s announcing, which took place in 1964. Even after the project was shut down in 1968 the A-12 remained in classified secrecy for decades later. This particular A-12 was not seen by the public eye until the 90’s. The estimated speed of the A-12 was mach 3.35 in comparison to the SR-71’s mach 3.2. Aside from that, this craft could operate at a higher max altitude than the SR-71 and was specifically built for the CIA and operated only by CIA pilots.
I am still stunned in amazement that these supersonic aircraft existed in the early 60’s..well over 10 years prior to my birth into the world!

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Head on view of one of the 2 blackbirds on display at the Palmdale blackbird air park. This is the SR-71A

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Blackbirds of a much bigger and faster kind.
A duo of the stealthy and supersonic blackbird aircraft thought to be well ahead of their time. The SR-71A and the A-12 side by side at the blackbird airpark on Ave-P and 25st E in Palmdale.

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What appears to be woodpecker holes on an underside of a Joshua tree trunk.

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A strange small blue plant growing from the desert floor.

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