The SR-71 Blackbird

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SR-71A Blackbird #17968 / #2019

SR-71A Blackbird #17968 / #2019

Location: On display at the Science Museum of Virgina
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On 26 April 1971, 61-7968, flown by majors Thomas B. Estes and Dewain C. Vick, flew over 15,000 miles (24,000 km) in 10 hours and 30 minutes. This flight was awarded the 1971 Mackay Trophy for the "most meritorious flight of the year" and the 1972 Harmon Trophy for "most outstanding international achievement in the art/science of aeronautics".

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The mission of the Science Museum of Virginia is to inspire Virginians to enrich their lives through science. The Museum is a catalyst for inspiration, a place that sparks curiosity and generates ideas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through hundreds of experiential exhibits, awe-inspiring artifacts and interactive technologies, the Museum presents dynamic science programming to hundreds of thousands of guests each year.

The SR-71 was orginally outside but was relocated inside.  Instead of being mounted for its display, it is the only SR-71 hung in a dramatic reprsentation of a flight.

 

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