Kadena Air Base

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

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

2 years 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

2 years 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

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

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

3 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

4 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

4 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

4 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

5 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

5 years ago

Former Blackbird pilot tells the story of one of only two successful SR-71 Barrier Engagements ever made

“There were only two barrier engagements recorded at the time, and fortunately, ours was the successful one,” Colonel (Ret) James… Read More

5 years ago

Kadena F-15 that crashed last year was dogfighting with F-22

Investigators say the pilot experienced a negative G departure from controlled flight with a snap roll entry to the left… Read More

5 years ago

Photos show Santa Claus marshalling an SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 Spy Plane

This was the only time that Santa Claus marshalled in an SR-71 Taken by former SR-71 Crew Chief Tsgt. David… Read More

5 years ago

Here’s how you can take off, fly and land a C-5 carrying the massive Navy SEAL Boat

'The SEAL boat, officially termed the “Mark V Special Operations Craft,” is a monster. It is 82 feet long, 17.5… Read More

5 years ago

That time an SR-71 Blackbird lost the drag chute in-flight at Mach 1.5

"With no drag chute doors, the drag chute had departed the aircraft and was lost at sea. We were grateful… Read More

6 years ago

The incredible story of the SR-71 Blackbird that flew an eleven-hour-long mission from Kadena to the Persian Gulf and back

"Like every other crew, we wanted this mission. It was special, it was a first, it would cover territory that… Read More

6 years ago

The story of the SR-71 Blackbird that slid on JP7 fuel residue while taxing into Kadena Hangar

As the SR-71 slowly taxied into the hangar and approached the parking spot, the crew chief signaled BC to stop.… Read More

6 years ago