9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing

The story behind this photo of an SR-71 afterburner blowing apart during an air show (according to Kelly Johnson this Blackbird was structurally unsound)

Taken at Andrews Air Force Base during an Air Show in May 1984 the main image in this post features… Read More

2 years ago

Robert Powell, the first pilot to clock 1,000 hours in the SR-71 Blackbird, passed away

On Aug. 27, 2021 Robert Powell the first pilot to achieve 1,000 hours of flight in the SR-71 program in… Read More

3 years ago

Read the Silver Star Recommendation for the SR-71 crew who flew their Blackbird at her fastest speed, at night, carrying an NSA ELINT recorder to collect SA-5 SAM radar signal

The SR-71 night time flight performance restrictions were lifted so the flight could be flown at max Mach (3.2) and… Read More

3 years ago

That time an SR-71 had an inflight emergency while on a secret mission over the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War

"We had no viable emergency airfields, and I did not want to be a no-notice, no–flight plan, single-engine emergency arrival… Read More

6 years ago

This SR-71 Blackbird crew set the Absolute Speed Record that still stands today

While the SR-71 was operational, several pilots flew the Blackbird faster than the official record but not during sanctioned record… Read More

6 years ago

The story of Belmont 86, the SR-71 that made an emergency landing in Norway after spying over Murmansk

"My call sign was 'Belmont 86' and my transmissions to approach control were something like this: 'Bodø Approach, Belmont 86,… Read More

6 years ago


"On take off, shortly after rotation and beyond the take off abort point, the SR-71 left engine surged, followed by… Read More

7 years ago