Reconnaissance Systems Officer

SR-71 RSO recalls when USAF Chief of Staff warned Lockheed that trying to avoid SR-71 retirement would hurt chances to win the F-22 contract (and tells true story behind Blackbird retirement)

SR-71 RSO recalls when USAF Chief of Staff warned Lockheed that trying to avoid SR-71 retirement would hurt chances to win the F-22 contract (and tells true story behind Blackbird retirement)

The Blackbird The SR-71, unofficially known as the "Blackbird," is a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed… Read More

1 month ago

SR-71 RSO recalls when after a mission flown the day of Chernobyl Disaster his Blackbird could not taxy into the hangar until he, his pilot and their aircraft were checked with a Geiger counter

The Blackbird The SR-71, unofficially known as the "Blackbird," is a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed… Read More

2 months ago

SR-71 RSO recalls when a KC-135Q Stratotanker flew unprotected into Northern Laos to save his Blackbird after it had a Double-Engine Flameout

The SR-71 Blackbird The SR-71, the most advanced member of the Blackbird family that included the A-12 and YF-12, was… Read More

3 months ago

Blackbird pilot recalls when his SR-71 Flew so Fast that he and his RSO Landed at Beale AFB almost a Day Before They Took Off from Kadena AB

The SR-71 Blackbird The SR-71, the most advanced member of the Blackbird family that included the A-12 and YF-12, was… Read More

7 months ago

SR-71 RSO recalls when his Blackbird Photographed all of the SA-2 SAM Sites in North Korea in One Mission before doing an Emergency Landing in South Korea

The SR-71 Blackbird CLICK HERE to see The Aviation Geek Club contributor Linda Sheffield’s T-shirt designs! Linda has a personal relationship with… Read More

8 months ago

SR-71 RSO explains why the Last Blackbird to Crash was Buried at Sea

The SR-71 Blackbird The SR-71, unofficially known as the "Blackbird," is a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the… Read More

9 months ago

The SR-71 Blackbird Astro-Nav System (aka R2-D2) worked by tracking the stars and was so powerful that it could see the stars even in daylight

Mounted behind the SR-71 Blackbird RSO’s cockpit, this unit, (that was affectionately dubbed “R2-D2” after the Star Wars movie came… Read More

9 months ago

SR-71 pilot recalls that time his Blackbird flew so fast that he and his RSO landed at Kadena AB two hours before they took off from Beale AFB beating the sun

The SR-71 Blackbird The SR-71, unofficially known as the "Blackbird," is a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the… Read More

9 months ago

The SR-71 Blackbird Crew Members Survival Kit included a very rare Aluminum Gun (the Gun was made in Aluminum to keep it Lightweight)

Although no SR-71 was ever shot down, Blackbird’s pilots and RSOs had a survival kit fitted with several non-traditional items.… Read More

10 months ago

The SR-71 Blackbird had a Smart Valve that allowed to use JP-7 fuel as internal coolant. Here’s how it worked.

The SR-71 Blackbird smart valve supplied only the hottest fuel to the engines and sent cooler fuel to retracted landing… Read More

10 months ago

SR-71 Blackbird crew members tell the story of the Inlet Unstart that prevented them to go Faster than Mach 3.2 during the Absolute Speed Record run in 1976

“If they hadn’t had the unstart when they were going through the gate, the record speed would’ve been higher. Their… Read More

11 months ago

Blackbird Pilot recalls when his RSO ‘gave the birdie’ to a French Air Force Mirage III pilot (Then They lit their SR-71’s Afterburners and Outran him)

‘My RSO had given him “the bird” with his middle finger: I lit the afterburners and left that Mirage standing… Read More

1 year ago

SR-71 Blackbird Pilot recalls When He Buzzed the Tower of Sacramento Airport with the Afterburners Lit

‘“Beautiful, beautiful, come back and do another one,” the tower controller said,’ Maury Rosenberg, SR-71 Blackbird pilot. CLICK HERE to buy… Read More

1 year ago

When the SR-71 was getting low on gas, its crew members pressure suits started to warm up. So aboard the Blackbird the fuel was used as a heat sink. Here’s how.

SR-71 Blackbird crew members have said that they sometimes came down looking for a tanker, not so much because they… Read More

1 year ago

Two little Dents placed on the Nose of the Blackbird prevented Surface-to-air Missiles from Scoring any Hit on the SR-71. Here’s how.

They aren’t dents, they were put there on purpose for the more advanced ECM systems the SR-71 Blackbird got in… Read More

1 year ago

These unique SR-71 Blackbird Cockpit photos show why no cockpit demands as much intense focus as a Habu’s

“The SR-71 Blackbird knew when your eyes started to wander to the spectacle of earth from 85,000 feet; that’s when… Read More

1 year ago