SR-71

SR-71 pilot recalls when a Soviet MiG-23 pilot asked him to bring his Blackbird at Vladivostok as a gesture of peaceful relationship. He answered him to forward his request to US state department.

SR-71 pilot recalls when a Soviet MiG-23 pilot asked him to bring his Blackbird at Vladivostok as a gesture of peaceful relationship. He answered him to forward his request to US state department.

The Blackbird What aviation geek doesn’t love speed, new technologies, advanced manufacturing methods, and the mysteries of a secret government… Read More

2 days ago

The Penn State Expert who mistook the shockwave created by an SR-71 flying at Mach 3, at 80,000 ft for a meteorite entering the Earth’s atmosphere

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 week ago

Did you know the SR-71 was the first aircraft to use its own fuel for hydraulic fluid? The Blackbird’s fuel hydraulic system.

The Blackbird In the 1960’s, the US Air Force (USAF) developed the SR-71 Blackbird, a plane that could travel more than… Read More

3 weeks ago

That time Four Swedish JA-37 Viggen pilots protected an SR-71 with an inflight engine failure from 20 Soviet Fighter Jets

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

3 weeks ago

The story of the USAF General who killed the SR-71 program because he was turned down to fly the Blackbird

The Blackbird The SR-71, unofficially known as the “Blackbird,” is a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A aircraft.… Read More

4 weeks ago

SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 spy plane’s titanium parts made in summer corroded while those made in winter didn’t. Here’s why.

The Blackbird The SR-71, unofficially known as the “Blackbird,” was a long-range, Mach 3+, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the… Read More

1 month ago

Rare but true: that time an SR-71 Crew spotted six soviet fighters trying to intercept their Blackbird during a Barents/Baltic Seas sortie

The Blackbird An icon of the Cold War, the SR-71 Blackbird had been in frontline service for almost a decade… Read More

1 month ago

Did you know SR-71 crew members on a moonless clear night could see 3.5 trillion more stars at 80,000 feet than you can on the ground?

The Blackbird The SR-71, unofficially known as the “Blackbird,” was a long-range, Mach 3+, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the… Read More

1 month ago

Did you know two Buick Nailhead V8 engines were used to start the SR-71 Mach 3+ plane because the Blackbird didn’t have a starter?

The Blackbird The SR-71, unofficially known as the “Blackbird,” was a long-range, Mach 3+, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the… Read More

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

That time Thunderbirds delayed their display because they were scared by an SR-71 doing a low-level fly by in afterburner above their F-16s

The Blackbird The SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft was the world’s fastest jet-propelled aircraft and the most advanced member of the Blackbird… Read More

2 months ago

SR-71 pilot recalls when he did one of only two successful Blackbird Barrier Engagements ever made after he forgot to deploy the drag chute on landing

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

2 months ago

In 1970s NASA was not allowed to have any SR-71s, yet they received one and they passed it off as YF-12C (with a bogus A-12 tail number)

NASA YF-12C Taken in 1975, the interesting photos in this post show NASA Blackbirds carrying the so called “coldwall” heat… Read More

2 months ago

SR-71 pilot explains how to get better gas mileage in a Blackbird flying at Mach 3

SR-71, KC-135Q and JP-7 The SR-71 Blackbird would be a very short-ranged aircraft were it not for air refueling, limited… Read More

2 months 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

3 months ago

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

The Blackbird The SR-71, unofficially known as the “Blackbird,” was a long-range, Mach 3+, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the… Read More

3 months ago