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The A-12 Blackbirds

This list contains every A-12 Blackbird ever constructed. Each listing has information and photos along with its current location and map.

A-12 Blackbird #06924 / #121

Location: On display at the Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale, CA.
A-12 Blackbird #06924 / #121

The first A-12, known as Article 121, was built and ground tested in Burbank during January and February 1962. Because the aircraft was too secret to fly to the test site and too large to carry on a cargo plane, it had to be trucked. 

A-12 Blackbird #06925 / #122

Location: On display at USS Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in the New York City Harbor.
A-12 Blackbird #06925 / #122

A-12 Blackbird #06926 / #123

Location: Lost on May 24, 1963 near Wendover, UT.

Article 123 was lost on 24 May 1963 during a low-altitude, subsonic flight to test an inertial navigation system.

A-12 Blackbird #06927 / #124B

Location: On display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, CA.
A-12 Blackbird #06927 / #124B

The only A-12 trainer (927) was a two seater version intended for pilot training. The A-12B trainer was known as The Titanium Goose.

A-12 Blackbird #06928 / #125

Location: Lost on January 5, 1967 at Groom Lake, NV.
A-12 Blackbird #06928 / #125

With a faulty fuel gauge, CIA Pilot Walt Ray was on final to Groom Lake, NV, when the A-12 ran out of fuel. Walt Ray ejected from the aircraft, he failed to seperate from the ejection seat and was killed when he landed in seat.

A-12 Blackbird #06929 / #126

Location: Lost on Tuesday, December 28, 1965 at Groom Dry Lake.

The newly-installed SAS (Stability Augmentation System) had the yaw and pitch gyros wired backwards, causing the airplane to lose complete control just seconds after takeoff from Groom Dry Lake; 

A-12 Blackbird #06930 / #127

Location: On display at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL.
A-12 Blackbird #06930 / #127

A-12 Blackbird #06931 / #128

Location: CIA HQ, Langley, VA as of 20 September 2007 (Originally displayed at the Minnesota Air National Guard Museum, MN.)
A-12 Blackbird #06931 / #128

A-12 Blackbird #06932 / #129

Location: Lost on June 5, 1968 in the South China Sea off of the Philippines Islands
A-12 Blackbird #06932 / #129

While on a FCF (Functional Check Flight) CIA Pilot Jack Weeks and the A-12 disappered, No trace was ever found of pilot or aircraft.

A-12 Blackbird #06933 / #130

Location: On display at the San Diego Aerospace Museum, in San Diego, CA.

A-12 Blackbird #06937 /#131

Location: On display at the Southern Museum of Flight, Birmingham, AL.
A-12 Blackbird #06937 /#131

A-12 #937 was the first aircraft to fly over North Vietnam on 31 May 1967. Later, #937 was used by NASA for flight testing.

A-12 Blackbird #06938 / #132

Location: On display at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile, AL.
A-12 Blackbird #06938 / #132

A-12 Blackbird #06939 / #133

Location: Lost on July 9, 1964 at Groom Lake, NV.

The crash occurred on 9 July 1964 while Article 133 was approaching the runway after a Mach 3 check flight.

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