Tag: Lockheed YF-12A

Here’s why this JQB-47E has three YF-12 Kill Markings
JQB-47E 53-4256 was involved in the top secret project Kedlock. The interesting photo in this post features JQB-47E 53-4256 which had been with the 3214th Operational Maintenance Squadron (OMS) at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) before being placed in storage at Davis Monthan AFB on Aug. 20, 1968. The YF-12 kill markings on...
Half YF-12 and half SR-71: the story of "The Bastard," the only SR-71C ever built
SR-71C S/N 61-7981 was nicknamed "The Bastard" since it was a hybrid comprised of the rear fuselage of the first YF-12A and a functional engineering mockup of an SR-71A forward fuselage built for static testing Taken at Hill Air Force Base (AFB) in June 2016, the interesting clip in this post shows SR-71C, "The Bastard" S/N 61-7981, that was the only...
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 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...