SR-71 Pilot explains why even though the Blackbird could attain Mach 3.5, at that speed serious damage to the aircraft might occur

SR-71 Pilot explains why even though the Blackbird could attain Mach 3.5, at that speed serious damage to the aircraft might occur

‘The SR-71 could attain Mach 3.5, but the aircraft would be in an untested and prohibited area outside of its… Read More

4 months 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

5 months ago

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

The SR-71 Blackbird airframes were built almost entirely of titanium and other exotic alloys to withstand heat generated by sustained… Read More

8 months ago

“The left afterburner technique” and all the special problems that made SR-71 Blackbird air refueling challenging

The SR-71, needed to be refueled approximately every hour. Refueling was tricky, but Blackbird pilots were always up to the… Read More

10 months ago

Here’s why R2-D2, the SR-71 Astroinertial Navigation System, was essential for Blackbird mission

The SR-71 Blackbird Astroinertial Navigation System was affectionately called R2-D2 after the Star Wars movie came out in 1977. No… Read More

12 months ago

SR-71 Pilot tells the story of when his RSO Flipped Off a French Air Force Mirage III Pilot (Then They lit their Blackbird’s Afterburners and Outran him)

One of the most entertaining stories about flying the SR-71 Blackbird comes from Lt. Colonel Jim Wilson who shares about… Read More

1 year ago

JA-37 Viggen pilot explains how he was able to carry out the first successful Swedish Air Force intercept of an SR-71 Mach 3 Spy Plane over the Baltic

‘I simulated missile launches – the closing velocity was very high, between Mach 4.5 and 5.0; the SR-71 was flying… Read More

2 years ago

SR-71 pilot tells the story of when he and his RSO set four speed records flying from L.A. to D.C. in less than 65 minutes during their final flight in the Blackbird

‘My excitement in flying the highest and fastest plane ever was mixed with some sadness on this day because it… Read More

2 years ago

How the defection of Viktor Belenko inspired Clint Eastwood’s Firefox

Belenko’s defection was mentioned in the novel Firefox by Craig Thomas, on which Clint Eastwood’s movie is based. On Sep.… Read More

4 years ago

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… Read More

5 years ago