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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 #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.

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Number of views (1055)

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.

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Number of views (1433)

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; 

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Number of views (930)

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.

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Number of views (1224)

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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Number of views (804)

M-21 Blackbird #06941 / #135M

Location: Lost on July 30, 1966 near Midway Island
M-21 Blackbird #06941 / #135M

Some sources say Pt. Mugu, CA). While launching a D-21 drone, the drone was trapped in the shock wave of the aircraft, forcing the drone back into the M-21, causing the aircraft to break-up at Mach 3

Article rating: No rating
Number of views (1181)

SR-71A Blackbird #17950 / #2001

Location: Lost on January 10, 1967 at Edwards AFB, CA.
SR-71A Blackbird #17950 / #2001
Article rating: 5.0
Number of views (968)

SR-71A Blackbird #17952 / #2003

Location: Lost on January 25, 1966 near Tucumcari, NM.
SR-71A Blackbird #17952 / #2003

On 25 January 1966, SR-71A (61-7952) was scheduled for a mission to test reconnaissance systems sensor performance and evaluate use of the navigation system as a controller for integrated sensor and aircraft management. The flight crew included Lockheed test pilot William A. Weaver and flight test reconnaissance and navigation systems specialist James T. Zwayer. The mission callsign was DUTCH 54.

Article rating: No rating
Number of views (1332)

SR-71A Blackbird #17953 / #2004

Location: Lost on December 18, 1969 near Shosone, CA.
SR-71A Blackbird #17953 / #2004

On 18 December 1969, SR-71A (61-7953) was scheduled for a functional check flight (FCF), piloted by SR-71/F-12 Test Force director Col. Joe Rogers and his Reconnaissance Systems Operator (RSO), Maj. Gary Heidelbaugh. The mission callsign was DUTCH 68. The aircraft configuration included, for the first time ever, the Optical Bar Camera (OBC) nose assembly.

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Number of views (1357)

SR-71A Blackbird #17954 / #2005

Location: Lost on April 11, 1969 at Edwards AFB, CA.
Article rating: No rating
Number of views (890)

SR-71A Blackbird #17965 / #2016

Location: Lost on October 25, 1967 near Lovelock, NV.
SR-71A Blackbird #17965 / #2016

61-7965 (SR-71A) This aircraft was lost on 25 October 1967 after an Inertial Navigation System (INS) platform failed, leading to erroneous attitude information being displayed in the cockpit.

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Number of views (1279)

SR-71A Blackbird #17966 / #2017

Location: Lost on April 13, 1965 near Las Vegas, NM.
SR-71A Blackbird #17966 / #2017

61-7966 (SR-71A) Lost on the evening of 13 April 1967 after the aircraft entered a subsonic, high-speed stall. Pilot Captain Earle M. Boone and RSO Captain Richard E. (Butch) Sheffield ejected safely.

Article rating: No rating
Number of views (642)

SR-71A Blackbird #17969 / #2020

Location: Lost on May 10, 1970 near Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand.

After refueling the aircraft was in a climb back to altitude, when it entered a huge thunderstorm with clouds well above 45,000 ft. 

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Number of views (516)

SR-71A Blackbird #17970 / #2021

Location: Lost on June 17, 1970 near El Paso, TX.

After refueling, the SR and the KC-135Q collided, when the SR suddenly pitched up and hit the tanker

Article rating: No rating
Number of views (552)

SR-71A Blackbird #17974 / #2025

Location: Lost on April 21, 1989 near the Philippines in the South China Sea

While climbing out from Kadena AB, Okinawa, the right engine exploded severing the hydraulic lines for the flight controls.

Article rating: No rating
Number of views (561)

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