Incredible photos of America’s most iconic jets

SR71 Blackbird
The SR-71 Blackbird. Blair Bunting

Military aircraft are incredible examples of engineering and human ingenuity. And, aside from their advance technical and scientific magnificence, aircraft are also amazing to behold.

Photographer Blair Bunting has captured the stark elegance of some of the most recognisable US military aircraft — the SR-71, the F-22, and a US Thunderbird F-16.

Below are some of Bunting’s favourite photos from his SR-71, F-22, and F-16 photo shoot.

The following photos are republished with permission from Blair Bunting.

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