JP-7

SR-71 pilot explains how to get better gas mileage in a Blackbird flying at Mach 3

SR-71 pilot explains how to get better gas mileage in a Blackbird flying at Mach 3

SR-71, KC-135Q and JP-7 The SR-71 Blackbird would be a very short-ranged aircraft were it not for air refueling, limited… Read More

3 weeks ago

Producing JP-7, the fuel that powered the SR-71 Blackbird, caused a nationwide shortage of bug spray. Here’s why.

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

3 months ago

SR-71 pilot recalls when a KC-135Q crew flew through a thunderstorm with their tanker’s throttles frozen to refuel his Blackbird

The KC-135Q It’s impossible to overemphasise the essential role played by the KC-135Q tanker crews, without whom successful prosecution of… Read More

6 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

7 months ago

SR-71 crew chief explains why the Blackbird never stopped to leak fuel and why SR-71s on public display are still weeping JP-7 today

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

8 months ago

The SR-71 Blackbird had a Smart Valve that allowed to use JP-7 fuel as internal coolant. Here’s how it worked.

The SR-71 Blackbird smart valve supplied only the hottest fuel to the engines and sent cooler fuel to retracted landing… Read More

9 months ago

Blackbird pilot recalls when an SR-71 slid on JP-7 fuel residue while taxing into Kadena Hangar

As the Blackbird entered the hangar, it encountered water on the ground, which had mixed with the SR-71’s specialized JP-7… Read More

10 months ago

KC-135A Crew Chief recalls when his Stratotanker had to purge its tanks of the JP-4 to load JP-7 to refuel an SR-71 Blackbird (No KC-135Q was available)

The SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3+ spy plane could be refueled by standard Stratotankers in the event KC-135Qs were not available.… Read More

11 months ago

Not only JP-7: the SR-71 could use JP-4 and JP-5 as emergency fuels but they both limited the Blackbird top speed to Mach 1.5

The SR-71 Blackbird was the first aircraft to use its own fuel for hydraulic fluid. It was called the fuel… Read More

11 months ago

Habu Pilot reveals why the Blackbird had to refuel after takeoff (it’s not because the SR-71 leaked fuel)

No story on the SR-71 would be complete without an understanding and appreciation of just how valuable the KC-135Q model… Read More

1 year ago

When the SR-71 was getting low on gas, its crew members pressure suits started to warm up. So aboard the Blackbird the fuel was used as a heat sink. Here’s how.

SR-71 Blackbird crew members have said that they sometimes came down looking for a tanker, not so much because they… Read More

1 year ago

Did you know the SR-71 crew set off controlled explosions using Triethylborane (the most dangerous material after fissionable nuclear material) to start the Blackbird engines?

‘The NTSB lists Triethylborane [TEB] as the following most dangerous material, one step below fissionable nuclear material,’ Former SR-71 Blackbird… Read More

2 years ago

Here’s why producing thousand gallons of JP-7 fuel used in the SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3+ Spy Plane caused a nationwide shortage of Flit insecticide

JP-7 production caused a nationwide shortage of bug spray. JP-7 fuel (referred to as Jet Propellant 7 prior to MIL-DTL-38219)… Read More

2 years ago

SR-71 Blackbird pilot tells the story of when he and his RSO flew a 11.13 hours mission involving 6 refuelings and more than five hours above Mach 3.0 during the Yom Kippur War

Upon arrival at Mildenhall to set up recovery operations, Colonel Patrick Halloran, 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Commander, was informed that… Read More

2 years ago

Here’s why the SR-71 Leaked Fuel (and why some Blackbird Spy Planes donated to Museums still Leak JP7)

The SR-71 Blackbird used a special blend of fuel called JP7 which has a high flashpoint to prevent it from… Read More

2 years ago

SR-71 pilot, crew chief tell the story of when a Blackbird slid on JP-7 fuel residue while taxing into Kadena Hangar

‘Don and I were grabbing on to the wingtip to try and stop it, people were grabbing every part of… Read More

3 years ago