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Did you know two Buick Nailhead V8 engines were used to start the SR-71 Mach 3+ plane because the Blackbird didn’t have a starter?
Cold War Era / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird
Did you know two Buick Nailhead V8 engines were used to start the SR-71 Mach 3+ plane because the Blackbird didn’t have a starter?
In 1970s NASA was not allowed to have any SR-71s, yet they received one and they passed it off as YF-12C (with a bogus A-12 tail number)
Cold War Era / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird
In 1970s NASA was not allowed to have any SR-71s, yet they received one and they passed it off as YF-12C (with a bogus A-12 tail number)
A-12 pilot tells the story of when to keep the Oxcart project secret CIA stored in boxes A-12 spy planes and moved them from Skunk Works production site to Area 51
Cold War Era / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird
A-12 pilot tells the story of when to keep the Oxcart project secret CIA stored in boxes A-12 spy planes and moved them from Skunk Works production site to Area 51
The Unwelcome Guest: the RAF F-105 exchange pilot who landed at Area 51 and spotted the Top Secret A-12 Blackbird
Cold War Era / Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation
The Unwelcome Guest: the RAF F-105 exchange pilot who landed at Area 51 and spotted the Top Secret A-12 Blackbird
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The story of how the US secretly tested the A-12 Mach 3 Spy Plane Radar Cross Section during the Cuban Missile Crisis
Aviation History / Cold War Era / Military Aviation
The story of how the US secretly tested the A-12 Mach 3 Spy Plane RCS during the Cuban Missile Crisis
‘When the Valkyrie flies at Mach 3 it loses pieces that are bigger than the Blackbird, but the XB-70 flies less Mach 3 time than the YF-12.’ The Mach 3 rivalry between the YF-12 and XB-70.
Aviation History / Cold War Era / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird / SR-71 Top Speed
‘When the Valkyrie flies at Mach 3 it loses pieces that are bigger than the Blackbird, but the XB-70 flies less Mach 3 time than the YF-12.’ The Mach 3 rivalry between the YF-12 and XB-70.
Ben Rich recalls when CIA financed the A-12 Oxcart with secret funds and back-door payments to Lockheed with personal checks to Kelly Johnson for more than $1 million
Aviation History / Cold War Era / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird
Skunk Works Director Ben Rich recalls when CIA financed the A-12 Oxcart with secret funds and back-door payments to Lockheed with personal checks to Kelly Johnson for more than $1 million
North Vietnamese Air Defenses hit one Blackbird Mach 3 Spy Plane: the story of the A-12 damaged by SAM debris
Cold War Era / Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird
Two Blackbird Mach 3 Spy Planes were Hit by North Vietnamese Air Defenses: one A-12 was hit with shrapnel, another Oxcart was damaged by SAM debris
After an A-12 flight specks of insects hoisted from the atomic test explosions in Russia and China were found on the Oxcart windshield
Aviation History / Cold War Era / SR-71 Blackbird
CIA engineer recalls when specks of insects hoisted from atomic tests in Russia and China were found on an A-12 windshield after an Oxcart mission
Before the D-21 the A-12 had to be used as carrier for the Starfighter. The story of the M-21/QF-104 that never was.
Aviation History / Cold War Era / Military Aviation
Before the D-21 the A-12 had to be used as carrier for the Starfighter. The story of the M-21/QF-104 that never was.
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The story of the A-12CB, the Oxcart Carrier Based Mach 3 Spy Plane that never was
Aviation History / Cold War Era / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird
The story of the A-12CB, the Oxcart Carrier Based Mach 3 Spy Plane that never was
Sponsored by: Mortons Books
After an A-12 flight specks of insects hoisted from the atomic test explosions in Russia and China were found on the Oxcart windshield
Aviation History / Cold War Era / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird / SR-71 Top Speed
Former USAF Master Sergeant reveals the Fastest Speed ever Recorded by a Lockheed Blackbird
Last of only six pilots to fly the A-12 for the CIA legendary Oxcart program passed away
Aviation History / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird
Last of only six pilots to fly the A-12 for the CIA legendary Oxcart program passed away
Here’s why SR-71 Blackbird Tires were Silver and why were Changed after 10 Takeoffs
Cold War Era / Losses and Aviation Safety / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird
Here’s why SR-71 Blackbird Tires were Silver and why were Changed after 10 Takeoffs
Ghosts of Groom Lake: the story of the F-101 Voodoo aircraft tasked to support the then top-secret A-12 program test flights at Area 51
Cold War Era / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird
Ghosts of Groom Lake: the story of the F-101 Voodoo aircraft tasked to support the then top-secret A-12 program test flights at Area 51
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Did you know? To keep the A-12 project secret CIA stored in boxes Oxcart spy planes and moved them from Skunk Works production site to Area 51
Aviation History / Cold War Era / Military Aviation / SR-71 Blackbird
Did you know? To keep the A-12 project secret CIA stored in boxes Oxcart spy planes and moved them from Skunk Works production site to Area 51
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