Lockheed D-21

With an RCS of an Eagle’s Eyeball the F-117 Nighthawk was one thousand times less visible than the D-21, the least visible shape previously produced at Lockheed’s Skunk Works

With an RCS of an Eagle’s Eyeball the F-117 Nighthawk was one thousand times less visible than the D-21, the least visible shape previously produced at Lockheed’s Skunk Works

The F-117 Nighthawk The Lockheed F-117A was developed in response to an Air Force request for an aircraft capable of… Read More

5 months ago

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.

By 1962 Kelly Johnson had done at least a few studies on using the A-12 as a carrier for a… Read More

10 months ago

The Most Secret Program ever developed by famed Lockheed Skunk Works was not the SR-71 Blackbird, but the D-21 Drone and project Senior Bowl

At Beale AFB, in California, you would think that the SR-71 Blackbird program would be the biggest blackest deepest secret.… Read More

1 year ago

Tagboard Flyers: the story of the B-52 bombers that carried the D-21 Mach 3 ramjet-powered reconnaissance drones

The D-21 had originally been designed for launch from the trisonic Lockheed A-12 but difficulties (culminating in a fatal accident)… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know the SR-71 cockpit glass was made of 1.25-inch thick solid quartz? 9 amazing facts about the legendary Blackbird

No Blackbird was ever shot down. 12 crashed in non-combat situations though. During its career, the SR-71 Blackbird gathered intelligence… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the D-21 Drone and project Senior Bowl, the Most Secret Program ever developed by the famed Lockheed Skunk Works

At Beale Air Force Base , in California, you would think that the SR-71 Blackbird program would be the biggest… Read More

2 years ago

Impressive photo shows disassembled M-21 Blackbird being transported to the Museum of Flight in Seattle

The Museum's M-21 Blackbird first flew in 1964 and is the sole surviving example of its type. Taken in 1991,… Read More

3 years ago

THE TOP SECRET D-21, THE HIGH-SPEED, HIGH-ALTITUDE SPY DRONE AIR LAUNCHED FROM 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… Read More

6 years ago

NOSE ART CELEBRATES LOCKHEED D-21 MACH 3 DRONE 50th ANNIVERSARY

The nose art is applied on B-52 #60-0036, the bomber was one of two B-52Hs that launched the D-21 drone… Read More

6 years ago