The SR-71 Blackbird

The Blackbird Aircraft

This list contains every Blackbird ever constructed. Each listing has information and photos along with its current location and map. Search for a specific tail number or click on a location to find where Blackbirds are located.

A-12 Blackbird #06924 / #121

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. 

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Article rating: 3.9
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Article rating: 3.5

A-12 Blackbird #06926 / #123

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

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Article rating: 5.0

A-12 Blackbird #06927 / #124B

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.

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A-12 Blackbird #06928 / #125

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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A-12 Blackbird #06929 / #126

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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Article rating: 3.3
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Article rating: 3.9
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Article rating: 3.7

A-12 Blackbird #06932 / #129

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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Article rating: 3.1
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Article rating: 3.8
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