The Lockheed D-21 was a reconnaissance drone that could be deployed from the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird that acted as mothership. The D-21 was an unmanned ramjet powered craft that would fly over "high-threat" targets to make the desired photos. It would than fly to a safe area and drop the photo canister with a parachute. The idea was to pick the parachute with its load in mid-air by a special JC-130 Hercules. This D-21 system was apparently used only a few times.
This D-21 drone was seen as preserved at Blackbird Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42 since September 1991 where it was seen in 2016.
Photographed 2016 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright!
Scale Models: the D-21 drone was available in 1/72 from Eagles Talon/ Wings Model which also had a 1/48 kit.
It was also included as D-21 in a combined package with a SR-71 kit in 1/72 scale: Hasegawa SR-71A release kit #02041, Italeri SR-71 #145 and TestorS SR-71A #674
This walk around page was first created January 2019 by M. de Vreeze; note Copyright! No part may be published without prior written permission by the author / IPMS Nederland.