Kadena Air Base

That time an SR-71 Blackbird crew used the Morse code to say “F**k” off to North Korean regime (They were preparing to shoot SAMs in neutral airspace)

That time an SR-71 Blackbird crew used the Morse code to say “F**k” off to North Korean regime (They were preparing to shoot SAMs in neutral airspace)

The very next day they attempted to shoot down the SR-71 Blackbird flown Murray Rosenberg and Ed McKim with an… Read More

2 days ago

Kadena Lines Up Six Kinds of Aircraft for Elephant Walk on the same day US Defense Secretary asks his Chinese counterpart to refrain from further destabilizing actions toward Taiwan

The demo included HH-60G Pave Hawks, F-15C Eagles, F-22A Raptors, a KC-135 Stratotanker, an E-3 Sentry and an RC-135 Rivet… Read More

4 days ago

USAF rotating about a dozen F-22 Raptor stealth fighters into Kadena Air Base as F-15C Eagles begin withdrawal

About a dozen F-15 jets will return to the US within a few weeks, while around the same number of… Read More

4 weeks ago

USAF to begin withdrawing F-15s from Kadena in November. As the Eagles retire, the service will rotate newer and more advanced fourth- and fifth-generation fighters to take their place.

The Pentagon is still weighing whether to eventually have squadrons of fighters permanently deployed to Kadena, or to stick with… Read More

4 weeks 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

4 weeks ago

The Story of the SR-71 Blackbird that crashed while attempting to land at Kadena AB during extreme crosswinds caused by an oncoming typhoon

‘Usually, the SR-71 Blackbird pilots weren’t a chatty bunch, but I could hear the anxiety in the voice of this… Read More

2 months ago

SR-71 Pilot tells the story of when He and his RSO were almost forced to ditch their Blackbird Mach 3 Spy Plane after an Engine Fire

‘The “dash one” stated that an SR-71 should never be landed gear up. That’s a brilliant directive,’ Gil Bertelson, SR-71… Read More

6 months ago

The story of the SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane that lost the drag chute in-flight at Mach 1.5

The SR-71 Blackbird is the fastest manned jet in history. It had no flaps, slats, spoilers or speed brakes. The… Read More

8 months ago

The story of the first SR-71 crew to deploy a Blackbird in Japan that landed at Kadena two hours before the take off from Beale beating the sun

On Mar. 8 1968 Lieutenant Colonel Buddy Brown and RSO Major Dave Jensen flew the very first SR-71 Blackbird (#978)… Read More

1 year ago

The SR-71 crew that ejected and was whisked away to mayor’s house while USAF frantically looked for them

I have a semi-confirmed report from a woman who lives in the Philippines that one of the SR-71 #974 ejection… Read More

1 year 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

1 year ago

Ichiban Wreckage: The story of how SR-71 Blackbird #61-7974 was recovered and buried at sea

The final resting place of SR-71 Blackbird #61-17974 better known as Ichiban was in 25,597 feet of water, in an… Read More

2 years ago

Kadena’s F-15C MiG killer special color celebrates the 60th anniversary of the defense alliance between the US and Japan

The F-15C Eagle 85-0104 was flown by the 67th Fighter Squadron to commemorate this milestone. Taken on Jul. 1, 2020… Read More

2 years ago

The Incredible story of the KC-135 crew Who Recovered a Stratotanker that had been on Fire Under the Floor while Flying 200+ miles west of Hawaii

“Honolulu Center, TORA 54 is currently fighting a fire in the cargo compartment of the aircraft!  STANDBY!,” Mark Hasara, Former… Read More

3 years ago

Exclusive: The Story of how Iconic SR-71 Blackbird’s Habu Logo was Conceived

“Working almost daily on the SR-71 was quite the inspiration, and in 1986, I decided to finally draw a poster… Read More

3 years ago

The Story of the SR-71 “Ichi-Ban:” the Blackbird that was Buried at Sea

‘The remains of SR-71 Ichi-Ban were buried at sea with full military honors. The occasion occurred at 1157 hours on… Read More

3 years ago

That time a Blackbird pilot revealed SR-71’s True Top Speed

“You know the part in 'High Flight'—where it talks about putting out your hand to touch the face of God?… Read More

3 years ago