Tag: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Interesting Video Explains how SR-71’s J58 Turbo-Ramjet Engine Works
Above Mach 2.2, some of the airflow is bled from the fourth stage of the compressor and dumped into the augmentor inlet through six bleed-bypass tubes, circumventing the core of the J58 engine and transitioning the propulsive cycle from a pure turbojet to a turbo-ramjet. Called The Mighty J58 - The SR-71's Secret Powerhouse,...
To ensure that the POWs directly involved in Operation Thunderhead were fully aware of the CinC's approval of the plan, a unique covert signal was devised - two SR-71 tri-sonic booms, exactly 15 seconds apart, would ring out over Hanoi… US aviators first became prisoners of war (POWs) of the North Vietnamese in...
The Story of the Crippled SR-71 Blackbird that Overflew Hanoi at Just Mach 1.1, at Just 41,000ft. And Got Away Safely.
Majs Tom Pugh and Ronnie Rice had been extremely lucky, considering the number of SAMs that encircled Hanoi. It appeared that the Vietnamese radar operators and their Soviet advisers had been 'asleep at the switch' during their SR-71 mid-altitude pass over one of the best-defended cities in the world. On May 15, 1972,...
That Time and F-4 Phantom II “Protected” a Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane from a Meteor Attack
‘This rock is going God only knows how fast and is fifty miles straight up. If I can't shoot down a SR-71, how in hell am I going to even begin to bring missiles to bear on a meteor?’ Ed Cobleigh, former F-4 Pilot. The following story appears in Ed Cobleigh’s book War for...
The nose is coming off! How a T-38 trainer helped a SR-71 that was losing her nose section in flight to RTB
‘The remains of SR-71 Ichi-Ban were buried at sea with full military honors. The occasion occurred at 1157 hours on Christmas Eve of 1989,’ Colonel (Ret) Don Emmons, former SR-71 RSO. On Apr. 21, 1989, SR-71 #61-17974, better known as Ichi-Ban departed Kadena Air Base (AB) on a mission.  At the controls were...
Video shows SR-71 Blackbird last flight (at a speed of Mach 3.2!)
The last ever flight of an SR-71 Blackbird took place on Oct. 9, 1999 at the Edwards AFB Open House Airshow. Taken on Saturday Oct. 9, 1999 at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) the short movie in this post shows the last ever flight of an SR-71 Blackbird. This...
Currently available on Ebay: ultra-rare Original SR-71 Blackbird Pilot Helmet
The original SR-71 Blackbird Space Pilot Helmet comes with the original carrying bag. Grab your chance to buy on Ebay an ultra-rare Original SR-71 Blackbird Pilot Helmet. The seller includes in the shipment the original helmet bag. Furthermore the seller has included “a rare t-shirt and two patches that come from...
Bob Gilliland, the First Man to fly the iconic SR-71, Passes Away
Bob Gilliland made the historic SR-71 first flight on Dec. 22, 1964. Robert J. “Bob” Gilliland, former Lockheed test pilot and the first man to fly the iconic SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, the world’s fastest aircraft, died on Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 at the Rancho Mirage, California retirement facility where he had been living for several...
The story of the SR-71 Blackbird that outran Gaddafi's SAMs during a BDA flight of Libya in support of Operation Eldorado Canyon
“You know the part in 'High Flight'—where it talks about putting out your hand to touch the face of God? Well, when we're at speed and altitude in the SR, we have to slow down and descend in order to do that,” Gil Bertelson, former SR-71 Blackbird pilot. The SR-71, the most advanced...
SR-71... or RS-71? How the legendary Blackbird got her designation
On Mar. 21, 1968 in this aircraft, Maj. (later Gen.) Jerome F. O'Malley and Maj. Edward D. Payne made the first operational SR-71A sortie. Taken in March 1990 the emotional video in this post shows the arrival of the iconic SR-71A Blackbird at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) at...

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