The SR-71 Blackbird

SR-71 Blackbird News/Events

Here's a listing of some notable Blackbird missions. Some that changed history.

Also, at times various museum and other organizations hold special events to discuss and educate the public on the Blackbird program.

21 Mar 1968

First Operational Sortie from Det 1, Kadena

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On 21 March 1968, USAF SR-71 #974 flew the First Operational sortie over Vietnam, piloted by Jerry O'Malley and RSO Ed Paine. Upon return to Kadena Jerry O'Malley found the base fogged in and diverted to CCK. This first mission revealed enemy emplacements around Khe Sanh, Vietnam that had previously been undetected. The battle of Khe Sanh ended two weeks after this sortie was flown.


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