Lockheed Blackbirds A-12, YF-12, SR-71, D-21


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Edwards Air Force Base Open House, May 19, 1970

YF-12A, 60-6935 at Edwards AFB, May 19, 1970 YF-12A, 60-6935 on static display at the May 19, 1970 Edwards AFB Open House. Photographer: Richard Lockett.

YF-12A, 60-6936 at Edwards AFB, May 19, 1970 YF-12A, 60-6936 at the May 19, 1970 Edwards AFB Open House. Photographer: Richard Lockett.

Edwards Air Force Base, October 12, 1977

YF-12C, 60-6937 at Edwards AFB, October 12, 1977 NASA's first SR-71A, 61-7951 was given the fictitious designation YF-12C, and serial number 60-6937. It is seen at Edwards AFB, October 12, 1977, following the fourth Space Shuttle Approach and Landing Test flight.

Edwards Air Force Base Open House, November 13, 1977

YF-12A, 60-6935 at Edwards AFB, November 13, 1977 YF-12A, 60-6935 on static display at the November 13, 1977 Edwards AFB Open House.

YF-12A, 60-6935 at Edwards AFB, November 13, 1977

YF-12A, 60-6935 at Edwards AFB, November 13, 1977

Edwards Air Force Base Open House, November 12, 1978

YF-12A, 60-6935 at Edwards AFB, November 12, 1978 YF-12A, 60-6935 on static display at the November 12, 1978 Edwards AFB Open House. It had acquired a small set of canards for ride control experiments.

Beale Air Force Base Airshow, May 31, 1980

SR-71A, 61-7971 at Beale AFB, May 1980 SR-71A, 61-7971 on static display at the May 31, 1980 Beale AFB airshow.

SR-71A, 61-7974 at Beale AFB, May 1980 SR-71A, 61-7974 takes off at the Beale AFB airshow.

SR-71A, 61-7974 at Beale AFB, May 1980 SR-71A, 61-7974.

SR-71A, 61-7974 at Beale AFB, May 1980 High speed afterburner pass.

SR-71A, 61-7974 at Beale AFB, May 1980

SR-71A, 61-7974 at Beale AFB, May 1980 Low speed dirty pass. Each main landing gear bogey is equipped with three wheels that are pressurized with nitrogen. The angle of attack is much greater at low airspeed.

SR-71A, 61-7974 at Beale AFB, May 1980 SR-71A, 61-7974 deploys its drag chute as it lands at the end of its performance.

Edwards Air Force Base Open House, October 5, 1980

SR-71A, 61-7974 at Edwards AFB, October 5, 1980 SR-71A, 61-7974 on static display at the October 5, 1980 Edwards AFB Open House. It has acquired the Skunk Works logo on its tail since the Beale AFB airshow the previous May.

SR-71A, 61-7974 at Edwards AFB, October 5, 1980 Head-on view of SR-71A, 61-7974.

March Air Force Base Airshow, November 2, 1980

SR-71A, 61-7975 at March AFB, November 2, 1980 SR-71A, 61-7975 on static display at the November 2, 1980 March AFB airshow.

SR-71A, 61-7975 departs March AFB, November 3, 1980 SR-71A, 61-7975 makes a low altitude pass as it departs March AFB on November 3, 1980, the day after the airshow. The Thunderbirds' T-38A Talons are parked on the flightline.

Beale Air Force Base Airshow, October 31, 1981

SR-71A 61-7971 at Beale AFB, October 1981 SR-71A 61-7971 on static display at the October 31, 1981 Beale AFB airshow.

SR-71A 61-7974 at Beale AFB, October 1981 SR-71A 61-7974 departed the October 31, 1981 Beale AFB airshow early in order to appear at two other airshows that day.

SR-71A 61-7974 at Beale AFB, October 1981 SR-71A, 61-7974.

SR-71A 61-7974 at Beale AFB, October 1981

SR-71A 61-7974 at Beale AFB, October 1981 Long trails of shock diamonds appear in the exhaust flame as the afterburners ignite. They disappear after just a few seconds.

Edwards Air Force Base Open House, October 30, 1983

SR-71A, 61-7955 at Edwards AFB, October 30, 1983 SR-71A, 61-7955 on static display at the October 30, 1983 Edwards AFB Open House. It was equipped with a larger capacity nose fairing than had been seen previously.

Edwards Air Force Base Open House, November 3, 1985

SR-71A, 61-7972 at Edwards AFB, November 3, 1985 SR-71A, 61-7972 on static display at the November 3, 1985 Edwards AFB Open House. Low visibility markings were adopted in the mid-1980s. The white United States Air Force lettering was removed from the fuselage. Remaining markings were painted red.

March Air Force Base Airshow, October 15, 1988

SR-71A 61-7968 at March AFB, October 15, 1988 SR-71A 61-7968 arriving at the October 15, 1988 March AFB airshow.

SR-71A 61-7968 at March AFB, October 15, 1988 The entire upper portion of each vertical stabilizer is movable to provide adequate rudder control authority in the event of an engine failure.

SR-71A 61-7968 at March AFB, October 15, 1988 The crew of SR-71A, 61-7968 step down from the acccess platform after greeting the crowd. Note Boeing B-17G, N3703G and Consolidated B-24J, N94459 in the background.

Norton Air Force Base Airshow, November 12, 1988

SR-71A 61-7962 at Norton AFB, November 12, 1988 The crew of SR-71A, 61-7962 shake hands before departing the November 12, 1988 Norton Air Force Base airshow. The yellow boxes at the base of the ladders are the portable environmental control packs for their pressure suits.

SR-71A 61-7962 at Norton AFB, November 12, 1988 SR-71A, 61-7962 departs the November 12, 1988 Norton Air Force Base airshow.

AMARC, September 9, 1989

D-21 drones in storage at AMARC, September 9, 1989 Surviving D-21 drones were in storage at AMARC on September 9, 1989. Eight of the seventeen drones are visible in this picture. They were placed in the middle of a row of McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom IIs to limit their visibility.

Beale Air Force Base Airshow, October 14, 1989

SR-71A 61-7980 at Beale AFB, October 14, 1989 SR-71A 61-7980 on static display at the October 14, 1989 Beale AFB airshow.

SR-71A 61-7976 at Beale AFB, October 14, 1989 SR-71A, 61-7976

SR-71A 61-7976 at Beale AFB, October 14, 1989 SR-71A, 61-7976 takes off at the October 14, 1989 Beale AFB airshow.

SR-71A 61-7976 at Beale AFB, October 14, 1989 SR-71A, 61-7976

SR-71A 61-7976 at Beale AFB, October 14, 1989 SR-71A, 61-7976 deploys its drag chute even before its nose wheels have touched down.

Edwards Air Force Base Open House, October 29, 1989

SR-71A, 61-7972 at Edwards AFB, October 29, 1989 SR-71A, 61-7972 on static display at the October 29, 1989 Edwards AFB Open House.

SR-71A, 61-7972 at Edwards AFB, October 29, 1989

SR-71A, 61-7972 at Edwards AFB, October 29, 1989 SR-71A, 61-7972 makes a low speed, dirty pass later in the day. The Air Force retired the SR-71 fleet shortly after this airshow.

Edwards Air Force Base Open House, October 6, 1990

SR-71A, 61-7971 in NASA markings at Edwards AFB, October 6, 1990 SR-71A, 61-7971 on static display in NASA markings at the October 6, 1990 Edwards AFB Open House.

Air Force Plant 42, Palmdale, May 5, 1991

A-12, 60-0924 at Palmdale, May 1, 1991 A-12, 60-0924 at the future site of Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale on May 1, 1991. It still carries remnants of protective spray-on latex coating. Some parts of the airframe were still unpainted titanium. The Space Shuttle Endeavor can be seen on 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, N911NA in the background. Endeavor's delivery flight to the NASA Kennedy Space Center had been postoned until the following day.

Hill Air Force Base airshow, June 27, 1992

SR-71C 61-7981 at Hill Air Force Base, June 27, 1992 The sole SR-71C, 61-7981 on static display at the June 27, 1992 Hill Air Force Base airshow. After the loss of the first SR-71B trainer, the rear fuselage of YF-12A, 60-6934 was mated to an engineering mockup of the SR-71A to create another trainer. The result was dubbed the "Titanium Bastard". It is in the collection of the Hill Air Force Base Museum.

SR-71C 61-7981 at Hill Air Force Base, June 27, 1992 The SR-71C was given a raised rear cockpit similar to the SR-71B.

Edwards Air Force Base Open House, October 16, 1996

SR-71A 61-7971 at Nellis AFB, April 1997 The red BB tail code of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron had been applied to the tail of SR-71A, 61-7971 when it appeared at the 1996 Edwards AFB Open House.

Nellis Air Force Base Golden Air Tattoo April 1997

SR-71A 61-7967 at Nellis AFB, April 1997 The Air Force returned a pair of SR-71As to flightworthy status in 1997. The red BB tail code of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron had been applied to the tail of SR-71A,61-7967 when it appeared at the 1997 Nellis Golden Air Tattoo.

SR-71A 61-7967 at Nellis AFB, April 1997

SR-71A 61-7967 at Nellis AFB, April 1997

SR-71A 61-7971 at Nellis AFB, April 1997 SR-71A, 61-7971 made several passes on the first day of the airshow. A flat tire prevented its appearance at the airshow the following day.

SR-71A 61-7971 at Nellis AFB, April 1997

SR-71A 61-7971 at Nellis AFB, April 1997 The afterburners do not always ignite at the same time.

SR-71A 61-7971 at Nellis AFB, April 1997

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, July 13, 1997

NASA's SR-71A, N844NA and SR-71B, N831NA at NASA Dryden FRC, July 13, 1997 NASA's SR-71A, N844NA and SR-71B, N831NA in their hangar at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center on July 13, 1997.

NASA's SR-71B, N831NA at NASA Dryden FRC, July 13, 1997 NASA's SR-71B, N831NA

NASA's SR-71B, N831NA at NASA Dryden FRC, July 13, 1997 NASA's SR-71B, N831NA

NASA's SR-71A, N844NA at NASA Dryden FRC, July 13, 1997 NASA's SR-71A, N844NA

Edwards Air Force Base Open House, October 18, 1997

NASA's SR-71B, N831NA at Edwards AFB, October 18, 1997 Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18B, N852NA assumes position off the wing of NASA's SR-71B, N831NA as it takes off at the Edwards Air Force Base open house on October 18, 1997.

Link to the NASA Dryden SR-71 Research project page.

NASA's SR-71B, N831NA at Edwards AFB, October 18, 1997 The Air Force serial number of the SR-71B is 61-7956.

NASA's SR-71B, N831NA at Edwards AFB, October 18, 1997 The trainer variants of the SR-71 have ventral fins under each engine nacelle, similar to those on the YF-12A. They offset the increase in area of the raised rear cockpit located forward of the center of gravity.

NASA's SR-71B, N831NA at Edwards AFB, October 18, 1997

NASA's SR-71B, N831NA at Edwards AFB, October 18, 1997 Note the effect that the turbulent exhaust has on the appearance of objects beyond the airplane.

NASA's SR-71B, N831NA at Edwards AFB, October 18, 1997

NASA's SR-71B, N831NA at Edwards AFB, October 18, 1997

NASA's SR-71B, N831NA at Edwards AFB, October 18, 1997 The crew wears full pressure suits for their flight to 80,000 feet altitude.

Edwards Air Force Base Open House, October 9, 1999

NASA's SR-71B, N831NA at Edwards AFB, October 9, 1999 NASA's SR-71B, N831NA was displayed in the main hangar at the October 9, 1999 Edwards Air Force Base Open House.

NASA's SR-71A, N844NA at Edwards AFB, October 9, 1999

NASA's SR-71A, N844NA at Edwards AFB, October 9, 1999 NASA's SR-71A, N844NA performed the flight demonstration at the October 9, 1999 Edwards Air Force Base Open House.

NASA's SR-71A, N844NA at Edwards AFB, October 9, 1999 The Air Force serial number of NASA's SR-71A, N844NA is 61-7980.

NASA's SR-71A, N844NA at Edwards AFB, October 9, 1999

Edwards AFB, October 30, 2000

GTD-21 drones on the edge of Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards AFB, October 30, 2000 Three GTD-21 drones parked on the edge of Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards AFB, October 30, 2000.


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