The SR-71 Blackbird

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SR-71A Blackbird #17974 / #2025

Location: Lost on April 21, 1989 near the Philippines in the South China Sea
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While climbing out from Kadena AB, Okinawa, the right engine exploded severing the hydraulic lines for the flight controls. Seeing the lowering hydraulic pressure the USAF PIlot: Lt. Col. Dan House headed for the nearest base, which was in the Phillipines, nearing the coast they lost all control of the SR and he and his RSO: Maj. Blair Bozek ejected safely landing just off the coast of the Phillipines. They were rescued by native fisherman shortly before US Rescue forces arrived. The SR was recovered after a lengthy salvage mission.

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