The Lockheed A-12 as a high speed reconnaissance aircraft for the USAF. Designed by the Lockheed secret "Skunk works" by Kelly Johnson, it was built for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It was called the Oxcart and was top secret. The type was produced from 1962 to 1964, and was in operation from 1963 until 1968. The A-12 operated at high speeds and altitudes. USAF operations were highly secret.

It later evolved into the SR-71 two seater recon type.

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Lockheed A-12

This aircraft is a A-12 located at Nellis AFB museum.

Photographed 2011 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright!

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Lockheed A-12 trainer

This A-12 is a unique aircraft as it is the only A-12 trainer ever built. Now on display at Roy A. Anderson Blackbird Exhibit and Garden at the California Science Center in Los Angeles (CA).

Photographed 2015 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright!

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Lockheed A-12

This A-12 with c/n 60-6924 was manufactured in 1966-1967 and flew with the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale AFB. It was put out of service in July 1987.  Now preserved at Blackbird Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42 since September 1991 where it was seen in 2016.

Photographed 2016 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright!

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A very old plastic scale model in scale 1/72 was released as YF-12/"A-11" in 1966 by Revell. It was a bit speculative as the aircraft was still very secret. Kiwi and Modelcollect have promised new 1/72 kits of the A-12 for 2019 release....

 

this walk around page was first published February 2012 by M. de Vreeze