SR-71

Do you feel the need for speed? Watch this video of SR-71 Blackbird J58 Engine tested in full Afterburner

Do you feel the need for speed? Watch this video of SR-71 Blackbird J58 Engine tested in full Afterburner

SR-71 Blackbird spy plane’s J58 engine tested in full Afterburner Taken at Beale Air Force Base (AFB) in 1986, the… Read More

2 days ago

SR-71 pilot recalls when he and his RSO pushed their Blackbird to Mach 3.5 and outran Gaddafi’s SAMs during a BDA flight of Libya in support of Operation El Dorado Canyon

Operation El Dorado Canyon On Apr. 14, 1986 a strike-group of 18 US Air Force (USAF) F-111 fighter bombers supported… Read More

4 days 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

2 weeks ago

Did you know a Blackbird was damaged after its engines were placed in the wrong inlet (So, the SR-71 inlets had to be labeled “L” and “R”)?

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

3 weeks ago

NASA had to borrow U-2/SR-71 “yellow” Pressure Suits for first space shuttle mission. Here’s why.

David Clark Company David Clark Company (DCC) is an American manufacturing company. DCC designs and manufactures a wide variety of… Read More

4 weeks ago

The story of the SR-71 Blackbird sonic booms that shattered the windows of Kelly Johnson, Zsa Zsa Gabor and President Nixon’s houses

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

4 weeks ago

SR-71 pilot recalls when he set 13 acres of Maryland on fire by dumping fuel after one engine exploded during his last Blackbird flight

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

1 month ago

Remembering Marta Bohn-Meyer, the only woman to fly in the SR-71 Blackbird as a crewmember

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

1 month ago

Video features former Viggen pilot explaining how JA-37 fighter jocks could achieve radar lock on SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 spy planes

JA-37 Viggen fighter jocks achieving radar lock on SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 spy planes The interesting video in this post… Read More

2 months ago

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

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

2 months ago

Producing JP-7, the fuel that powered the SR-71 Blackbird, caused a nationwide shortage of bug spray. Here’s why.

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

2 months ago

“The left afterburner technique” and SR-71 special problems: here’s what made Blackbird air refueling challenging

The KC-135Q tanker It’s impossible to overemphasise the essential role played by the KC-135Q tanker crews, without whom successful prosecution of the SR-71… Read More

2 months ago

SR-71 pilot recalls the mission where a Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat fired a missile at his Blackbird

The MiG-25 Foxbat In the late 1960s, the USSR revealed the existence of the aircraft that appeared to be the… Read More

2 months ago

SR-71 pilot recalls the tense mission over the Barents Sea where he spotted a Soviet MiG-31 scrambled to intercept his Blackbird

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

3 months ago

Flying the SR-71 with just one engine in full afterburner was Blackbird aircrews’ most dangerous operation. SR-71 pilots explain why.

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

3 months ago

A-12 pilot tells the story of when to keep the Oxcart project secret CIA stored in boxes A-12 spy planes and moved them from Skunk Works production site to Area 51

The A-12 Oxcart at Area 51 Since 1955, America’s most secret aircraft projects have been tested at Area 51, a top-secret… Read More

3 months ago

USAF U-2 Avionics Technician tells why S-300 and S-400 SAMs would not be able to shoot down the SR-71 Blackbird

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

3 months ago