Beale Air Force Base

Beale retires TU-2S #1065, the Dragon Lady that served for 40 years, completed 11,450 sorties and 24,042 flight hours

Beale retires TU-2S #1065, the Dragon Lady that served for 40 years, completed 11,450 sorties and 24,042 flight hours

Beale retires TU-2S #1065 On Jan. 11, 2024, Beale Air Force Base (AFB) said goodbye to TU-2S Dragon Lady tail… Read More

1 month ago

SR-71 Blackbird RSO recalls the North Pole Mission he and his pilot flew the Night Before Christmas to spy on Soviets setting up acoustic sensors to track US submarines

The SR-71 Blackbird The SR-71 spy plane, the most advanced member of the Blackbird family that included the A-12 and… Read More

2 months ago

Blackbird pilot recalls when his SR-71 Flew so Fast that he and his RSO Landed at Beale AFB almost a Day Before They Took Off from Kadena AB

The SR-71 Blackbird The SR-71, the most advanced member of the Blackbird family that included the A-12 and YF-12, was… Read More

3 months ago

SR-71 Mechanic explains how you could light the Blackbird’s afterburners if TEB (Triethylborane) wasn’t available

The SR-71 Blackbird In the 1960’s, the US Air Force (USAF) developed the SR-71 Blackbird, a plane that could travel… Read More

4 months ago

The story of the Catholic priest who got an SR-71 VIP ride and flew at Mach 3.52 breaking the Blackbird Speed Record

The Catholic priest who got an SR-71 Blackbird ride The actual unofficial top speed of the SR-71 Blackbird is Mach… Read More

5 months ago

SR-71 pilot recalls that time his Blackbird flew so fast that he and his RSO landed at Kadena AB two hours before they took off from Beale AFB beating the sun

The SR-71 Blackbird The SR-71, unofficially known as the "Blackbird," is a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the… Read More

5 months ago

The SR-71 Blackbird Crew Members Survival Kit included a very rare Aluminum Gun (the Gun was made in Aluminum to keep it Lightweight)

Although no SR-71 was ever shot down, Blackbird’s pilots and RSOs had a survival kit fitted with several non-traditional items.… Read More

6 months ago

SR-71 Blackbird crew members tell the story of the Inlet Unstart that prevented them to go Faster than Mach 3.2 during the Absolute Speed Record run in 1976

“If they hadn’t had the unstart when they were going through the gate, the record speed would’ve been higher. Their… Read More

7 months ago

SR-71 Blackbird Pilot recalls When He Buzzed the Tower of Sacramento Airport with the Afterburners Lit

‘“Beautiful, beautiful, come back and do another one,” the tower controller said,’ Maury Rosenberg, SR-71 Blackbird pilot. CLICK HERE to buy… Read More

10 months ago

Here’s why SR-71A #61-7959 was the only Blackbird to feature a special “Big Tail”

The new ‘Big Tail’ assembly would be 13 feet 9 inches long and weigh 1,273 lbs. with 49 cubic feet… Read More

10 months ago

SR-71 Pilot tells the story of when he revealed Blackbird’s True Top Speed

‘At some point in the evening, the F-111 guys began to press me, in a good-natured way, for classified information… Read More

1 year ago

Tomcat RIO tells the story of when he and his Pilot flew to Beale AFB in their F-14 to discuss “operational matters” with SR-71 Blackbird crews

“We learned about the SR-71’s missions and capabilities. The SR-71 crews were very professional, and they respected us fighter pukes… Read More

1 year ago

The Most Secret Program ever developed by famed Lockheed Skunk Works was not the SR-71 Blackbird, but the D-21 Drone and project Senior Bowl

At Beale AFB, in California, you would think that the SR-71 Blackbird program would be the biggest blackest deepest secret.… Read More

1 year ago

First SR-71 RSO explains why Reconnaissance Systems Officer cockpit had to be rearranged before the Blackbird maiden flight or the USAF would not buy the SR-71

‘Airspeed indicators were on one side, attitude indicators were on the other, altimeter gauges were in the middle, and we… Read More

1 year ago

SR-71 pilot recalls that time his Blackbird flew so fast that he and his RSO Landed at Beale AFB almost a Day Before They Took Off from Kadena AB

‘Try that in any aircraft other than the SR-71. Besides this is actually a true story,’ David Peters, SR-71 Blackbird… Read More

1 year ago