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This list contains all YF12 Blackbirds ever constructed. Each listing has information and photos along with its current location and map.

A-12 Blackbird #06929 / #126

Location: Lost on Tuesday, December 28, 1965 at Groom Dry Lake.

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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Number of views (1079)

YF-12A Blackbird #06936 / #1003

Location:Lost on June 24, 1971 at Edwards AFB, CA.
YF-12A Blackbird #06936 / #1003

While in the traffic pattern at Edwards AFB, a fire broke out due to fuel line rupture.

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Number of views (1464)

YF-12A Blackbird #06934 / #1001

Location: Lost on August 14, 1966 at Edwards AFB, CA. (Some say July 14, 1966)
YF-12A Blackbird #06934 / #1001

60-6934 (YF-12A) This aircraft, the first YF-12A built, was seriously damaged as a result of internal systems overheating on 14 August 1966 during a landing accident at Edwards AFB. 

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M-21 Blackbird #06941 / #135M

Location: Lost on July 30, 1966 near Midway Island
M-21 Blackbird #06941 / #135M

Some sources say Pt. Mugu, CA). While launching a D-21 drone, the drone was trapped in the shock wave of the aircraft, forcing the drone back into the M-21, causing the aircraft to break-up at Mach 3

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Number of views (1470)

A-12 Blackbird #06939 / #133

Location: Lost on July 9, 1964 at Groom Lake, NV.

The crash occurred on 9 July 1964 while Article 133 was approaching the runway after a Mach 3 check flight.

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A-12 Blackbird #06932 / #129

Location: Lost on June 5, 1968 in the South China Sea off of the Philippines Islands
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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Number of views (1399)

A-12 Blackbird #06928 / #125

Location: Lost on January 5, 1967 at Groom Lake, NV.
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.

Article rating: 5.0
Number of views (1899)

A-12 Blackbird #06926 / #123

Location: Lost on May 24, 1963 near Wendover, UT.

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

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SR-71A Blackbird #17977 / #2028

Location: Lost on October 10, 1968 at Beale AFB, CA.

After returning from maintenance at Lockheed ADP, on take-off one of the wheel hubs exploded causing a fire, which engulfed the aircraft. 

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Number of views (513)

SR-71A Blackbird #17978 / #2029

Location: Lost on July 20, 1972 at Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
SR-71A Blackbird #17978 / #2029

 Attempting to land with a severe crosswind, USAF PIlot: Capt. Dennis Bush had to abort the landing after deploying the braking chute.

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