The SR-71 Blackbird

The Blackbird Aircraft

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SR-71A Blackbird #17970 / #2021

Location: Lost on June 17, 1970 near El Paso, TX.
Author: Blackbird Historian  /  Categories: SR-71A, Lost  /  Rate this article:

After refueling, the SR and the KC-135Q collided, when the SR suddenly pitched up and hit the tanker. The USAF Pilot/RSO: Lt. Col. Buddy Brown/ Maj. Mortimer Jarvis both ejected safely, but Buddy Brown broke both his legs during the ejection. The KC-135Q limped back to Beale AFB, CA and arrived safely.


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