The Blackbird

Have you ever seen an SR-71 Blackbird?

SR-71 Blackbird, Lockheed, Castle Air Force Base, Atwater California, Fastest JetThis Blackbird is serial number 71-7960 and is on display at the Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California.

You can see more pictures from the museum in my post: Castle Air

I have also seen serial number 71-7961 which is at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas.

SR-71 Blackbird, Lockheed, Castle Air Force Base, Atwater California, Fastest Jet The SR-71 was built by Lockheed and was developed as a reconnaissance aircraft. The aircraft could fly high and fast and is still the holder of many speed records. The Blackbird’s top speed was over 2,200 miles per hour.

Can you imagine flying from LA to Washington, D.C. in only 64 minutes? The Blackbird did.

SR-71 Blackbird, Lockheed, Castle Air Force Base, Atwater California, Fastest JetThe SR-71 was not a big jet, it had a wing span of just a little over 55 feet and was only a little over 107 feet long.

The aircraft operated with a crew of two, the Pilot and the Reconnaissance Systems Officer. They had cramped quarters, but the flights didn’t last too long.

SR-71 Blackbird, Lockheed, Castle Air Force Base, Atwater California, Fastest Jet, Blackbird Nose, Blackbird ProfileThe first SR-71 flight was in 1964 and the last came in 1999.

There were only 32 Blackbirds built and most of the 20 remaining aircraft are on display at museums in the US. The only one that is outside the US is at a museum in Duxford, England.

Today reconnaissance is mainly done with unmanned aircraft, but there is an SR-72 in development. Time will tell if it ever takes flight.

SR-71 Blackbird - Lockheed - Castle Air MuseumI will leave you with one last picture. This is the picture that I used in my post from last year.

Steven

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3 Responses to The Blackbird

  1. Glenda McDougal says:

    Amazing!!

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