Tag: SR-71

The KC-135Q Story, Part Three: Refueling ’Black’ Aircraft
Perhaps the most intriguing role for the KC-135Q was a repeated, but never verified, 1990 association with an unidentified and highly classified 'black' aircraft. The KC-135Q Story, Part Three. The intensity of the December 1972 LINEBACKER II aerial campaign meant that current Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) and targeting intelligence acquired...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...