The futuristic fighter jet is an introduction to the film’s surreal aesthetic, plus it’s likely to appeal to aviation enthusiasts due to its resemblance to one of the most revered aircraft in history, the SR-71 Blackbird.
When looking for some experts to help create the Darkstar aircraft, the film’s producers were directed to Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works. The division is reported to be responsible for the manufacture of the SR-71 and its upcoming successors, the SR-72 and U-2 spy planes. This collaboration created a new channel of expression for Skunk Works’ secretive concept designers, as this particular aircraft design was something they could share with the world.
Engineers in the department then turned these designs into a full-scale prototype aircraft with a well-structured fuselage and a fully functional cockpit. The film’s producers say they lowered the plane a bit to make it look sleeker and faster, and also praised the “shocking” design of the cockpit and the introduction it helped create at the opening of the film. Eye-catching visual effects.