The Lockheed SR-71 was a two seat reconnaissance version derived from the A-12. Designed by the Lockheed secret "Skunk works" by Kelly Johnson, it was built for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). SR-71 called the BlackBird was operated at high speeds and altitudes to allow it to outrace threats as also the aircraft had a speed over MACH 3. It had a global range and flew many secret missions. It was operational until 1998.

 

Some flights were also made with a D-21 drone.

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Lockheed SR-71

This aircraft is a SR-71 Serial number 17962 and located at the Duxford museum, UK.

Photographed, 2005 by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright!

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Lockheed SR-71 (various aircraft)

A couple of SR-71 aircraft are seen here . At the March museum near Riverside, CA, USA , the SR-71A with serial number 61-7975 is shown and this aircraft is on loan from the USAF museum.

The other SR-71A  with code 60-6938 is at the USS Alabama Battleship Mem.Park, Mobile, AL, USA.

Also shown are various exhibits illustrating the use of the BlackBird.

Photographed November 2013 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright!

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SR-71A

This SR-71A has USAF serial #61-7959 and is on display at the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB, Florida, USA. Built as SR-71A August 1965, it got a nine-foot extension at the rear of the aircraft in 1975 for new sensor equipment but it had little advantage. The program to retrofit the new "big tail" to the remaining SR-71s was not pursued further.

Photographed November 2014 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright!

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SR-71A

This SR-71A with serial number 64-17972, was flown September 1974 to the Farnborough Air Show in the U.K.. But it was a special flight as this Blackbird broke officially the transatlantic speed record at 1807 MPH (not even reaching the maximum speed of the type).

This Blackbird also made the last known flight to go to Dulles airport, Washington DC as after a while is was set on display at Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smitsonian National Air & Space Museum.

Photographed 2015 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright!

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SR-71A with J58 engine

This SR-71A c/n 61-7973 is on display with a cart showing a J58 / JT11D-20 engine of the aircraft. All was seen preserved at Blackbird Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42 in 2016.

Photographed 2016 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright!

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Plastic scale models in particularly 1/72 scale are available from Revell, Hasegawa, Minicraft.

 

 

This walk around page was first created September 2012 by M. de Vreeze