The SR-71 Blackbird
This list contains every Blackbird ever constructed. Each listing has information and photos along with its current location and map.
SR-71A 17951, on display at Pima Air Museum in Tucson, AZ, is the matriarch of the SR fleet. She is the oldest surviving SR-71 with only one produced before her, 17950, which was lost to a fire on the runway.
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.
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.
10 May 1966 First SR-71A #958 delivered to Beale AFB, CA USAF Pilots:Doug Nelson/ Pennington (LSB)(LSW says 4 Apr 1966)
SR-71A S/N 61-7959, also known as "Big Tall", came off the assembly line like any other SR-71 when it was rolled out on 16 Aug 1965. But it was chosen as.....
SR-71A 17960 made her final flight on February 27, 1990, into Castle Air Force Base, California. She roared over the runway at low level for one last high speed pass before touching down for the last time.
The SR-71 was the world's fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft throughout its career. On 28 July 1976, SR-71 serial number 61-7962, piloted by then Captain Robert Helt, broke the world record: an "absolute altitude record" of 85,069 feet (25,929 m).
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.
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.
For the first time in 75 years Lockheed Martin is pulling back the veil on their top secret program, Skunk Works.