#855, Blackbird

A detail from the tail section of an SR-71 'Blackbird' reconnaissance plane, designed to fly very quickly very high over sovereign nations. This aircraft is currently on display at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum, which is an aircraft carrier docked on the Hudson River.

The idea of "American Exceptionalism" has been appearing in the American political discourse a lot recently - perversely, that there isn't enough of it - which I just don't understand. But it's refreshing to hear so many syllables in just two words, especially since the word 'jingoism' seems like such a synonym these days.

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