Tag: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Lieutenant Colonel Ben Bowles, first SR-71 pilot to reach 900 hours, has passed away
Lieutenant Colonel Ben Bowles was awarded the Air Medal and two Distinguished Flying Crosses one of which for saving SR-71 #960. Former SR-71 pilot Lieutenant Colonel Ben Bowles has passed away on Jun. 1, 2019. He was born on Jan. 14, 1932. As one of the first five pilots to...
Here’s why SR-71 tires are silver
The tire pressure on the SR-71 was 415 psi (compared to the 32-35 psi in your automobile tires!) This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. SR-71A Blackbird 61-7972 “Skunkworks” Why are SR-71 tires silver? SR-71 tires, like the one...
Join this SR-71 Blackbird driver for a top secret recoinnassance mission over North Korea
“The nose section was gone just forward of the cockpit and the canopy had caved in on me. I thought, 'I'm inside the KC-135Q; death is imminent!',” Maj Buddy Brown former SR-71 pilot. The SR-71 would be a very short-ranged aircraft were it not for air refuelling, limited to around 2,000 NM. Multiple...
Author of SR-71's most stolen picture explains how he got the shot of the ultimate Blackbird super-low knife edge pass
“The photo in this post came about because my young nephew at the time, was madly interested in aeroplanes, particularly Blackbird,” Robin Harbour. Although I’ve never made any money from my photographs, I have always been aware of copyright issues and feel that every photograph should carry the photographers name with it as proof of...
Former Blackbird pilot tells the story of one of only two successful SR-71 Barrier Engagements
“There were only two barrier engagements recorded at the time, and fortunately, ours was the successful one,” Colonel (Ret) James H. Shelton Jr., former SR-71 pilot. Colonel (Ret) James H. Shelton Jr. spent over nine years at Beale Air Force Base (AFB), six years flying the SR-71. He was the fifth SR-71 crewmember...
Video features former Viggen driver explaining how JA-37 pilots were able to achieve radar lock on SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 spy planes
Swedish JA-37 fighter pilots were able to successfully acquire radar lock on SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 spy planes by means of the Skyflash air-to-air missile. The interesting video in this post features retired fighter-pilot Thorbjörn Engback explaining how he and other Swedish fighter pilots were able to successfully acquire radar lock on U.S....
The Unknown Story of the SR-71 Blackbird that was saved by a Tanker after a Double-Engine Flameout over Northern Laos
“Excitement, adrenaline pumping, and we dropped like a rock into Northern Laos!” Col. David P. Dempster, former SR-71 Blackbird back seater Col. David P. Dempster enlisted in the Air Force at age 19 and qualified for the Aviation Cadet Program. He graduated from Harlingen AFB, Texas, in 1955 as a rated navigator...
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 Burns, the odd photos in this post show Santa Claus marshalling in an SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 spy plane. Burns was a Blackbird Crew Chief at Beale Air Force Base (AFB),...
SR-71 Aircrew remembers a Memorable Encounter with a Soviet MiG-31 Interceptor over the Barents Sea
"I assumed the Soviet MiG-31 fighter pilot would like nothing better than an opportunity to fire his missiles at an SR-71 Blackbird. Certainly, the SR-71 Blackbird would be a prized target," Ed Yeilding, former SR-71 pilot As we have explained in a previous article, retired Soviet MiG-31 pilot Major Mikhail Myagkiy took part in several intercept attempts on SR-71 Blackbirds...
That time Four Swedish Viggen pilots protected an SR-71 that had an inflight engine failure
On Jun. 29, 1987, during a “Baltic Express” reconnaissance mission, an SR-71 piloted by retired Lt. Cols. Duane Noll and Tom Veltri, experienced an engine failure. They were intercepted by two different pairs of Swedish air force Viggens... Four Swedish air force pilots received U.S. Air Medals during a ceremony held in Stockholm, Sweden, on Nov. 28, 2018, recognizing their...

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