Tag: Lockheed A-12

Time to eject! A-12 pilot explains how he was able to bail out safely from his Oxcart after it went into a flat inverted spin
"In a matter of seconds, all hell broke out. Without any warning the A-12 pitched up and went into a flat inverted spin," Ken Collins, A-12 test pilot In 1959, Lockheed began work on the design of a long-range, high-altitude plane, then known as the A-11. It was a Cold War project. Heading the project team was Clarence "Kelly" Johnson,...
The top secret D-21, the high-speed, high-altitude spy drone air launched from the the back of a Mach 3 A-12 aircraft
The D-21 was designed to carry a single high-resolution photographic camera over a preprogrammed path, then release the camera module into the air for retrieval, after which the drone would self-destruct The Lockheed D-21 was a highly-advanced, remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) designed to carry out high-speed, high-altitude strategic reconnaissance missions over hostile territory. Developed by the famed Lockheed "Skunk Works”...
Blackbird down the street: flashback photo show how Beale AFB static SR-71 was moved to its current location
This Blackbird is currently located at the intersection of Warren Shingle Rd & A St, Beale AFB, Marysville, CA Taken in April 2007, the interesting photo in this post features SR-71 s/n 61-7963 being moved by road from its old location on the flightline at Beale Air Force Base (AFB) to the corner of Warren Shingle Road and A Street...
The development of the iconic SR-71 Blackbird: how the world's fastest plane was conceived
The aircraft was painted black, and soon earned its name: “Blackbird.” At Lockheed’s advanced development group, the legendary Skunk Works in Burbank, work on a revolutionary intelligence aircraft had already begun before the shooting down of Gary Power's U-2. This innovative aircraft had to fly faster than any aircraft before or since, at greater altitude, and with a minimal radar...
The SR-71, unofficially known as the "Blackbird," was a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A aircraft The interesting clip in this post gives you the chance to learn something about the superfast SR-71 Blackbird strategic reconnaissance aircraft. According to the footage in fact in the 1960's, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) developed a plane that...
On Mar. 6, 1990 four National Aeronautic Association and three Fédération Aéronautique Internationale speed records were established on its final flight by the Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, USAF serial number 61-7972 Throughout its nearly 24-year career, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3-strategic reconnaissance aircraft remained the world's fastest and highest-flying operational aircraft. From 80,000 feet, it could survey 100,000 square miles of Earth's surface...
The NASA YF-12 Blackbird research program was ambitious: the aircraft flew an average of once a week unless down for extended maintenance or modification Taken in 1975, the interesting photos in this post show NASA YF-12s carrying the so called ''coldwall'' heat transfer pod on a pylon beneath the forward fuselage. The coldwall project, supported by Langley Research Center, consisted of...
That time a Wife had her Wedding Ring flown at Mach 3
Throughout its nearly 24-year career, the SR-71 remained the world's fastest and highest-flying operational aircraft In 1976, it was a different time. The Cold War with the Soviet Union was in full swing and Americans were standing in line to buy gas. That year was also the country’s bicentennial birthday. To celebrate, officials decided to attempt to break some records with...