SR-71 Blackbird Special Edition CD

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  • CD contains 9 magazines
  • All in Acrobat PDF format
  • Print a personal copy
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May 1979

  • Lockheed YF-12/SR-71 Blackbird
  • The Fleet’s In, Boeing’s Sea-Going Carrier Fighters
  • Flight of the ?, Aerial Refueling

October 1986

  • RIding Herd on the Thundering Texan, North American’s T-6
  • Back to the Future, Kelly Johnson’s Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

September 1993

  • A Test Pilot’s Look at the Lockheed A-12/SR-71

July 1997

  • Next Week Air, Double Deckered Seaplanes Delivering The Mail
  • Return of the Blackbird, SR-71 is Back in Service at NASA
  • Reconnaissance Aircraft based on Aircraft Carriers

May 2002

  • Flown a Ford Lately? The Douglas XF4D-1 Skyray
  • Putting the Ox before the Cart, The Story of the Lockheed A-12
  • Working on the Railroad

September 2002

  • The Second Airpower Option, German Luftwaffe during WWII
  • Blacksheep of the Blackbirds, The YF-12 Story
  • Inside the Sperry Lower Ball Turret

January 2003

  • World War I Ace, Billy Bishop Went To War
  • Tagboard & Senior Bowl, the D-21 Story
  • From Boom to Bust, General Aviation Aircraft of the Post-War Era
  • Foiling German Radar in WWII

May 2003

  • Lockheed’s Electra Airliner Series
  • Mach 3 Masterpiece, The SR-71 Blackbird Story
  • Coast-To-Coast in 68 Minutes! SR-71’s Final Mission Breaks a Record
  • The Payen-Mutsubishi Pa.400 Unusual Aircraft

December 2004

  • Bats and Pelicans, Early Unmanned Anti-Ship Missiles
  • The Racer, Howard Hughes’ H1, Perhaps the Greatest Racing Airplane Ever Built
  • “Big Tail”, the one-of-a-kind SR-71 Blackbird
  • Aircraft Models of Yesteryear
  • Mission Berlin, The Story of the Berlin Airlift

Bonus Features

  • SR-71 Flight Manual (Declassified)
  • SR-71 Researchers Handbook
  • SR-71 vs. A-12 Comparison
  • Photos & Videos included!

Blackbird Vital Statistics

SR-71A Specifications

SR71A-DiagramGeneral characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (Pilot and Reconnaissance Systems Officer)
  • Payload: 3,500 lb (1,600 kg) of sensors
  • Length: 107 ft 5 in (32.74 m)
  • Wingspan: 55 ft 7 in (16.94 m)
  • Height: 18 ft 6 in (5.64 m)
  • Wing area: 1,800 ft2 (170 m2)
  • Empty weight: 67,500 lb (30,600 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 152,000 lb (69,000 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 172,000 lb (78,000 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney J58-1 continuous-bleed afterburning turbojets, 34,000 lbf (151 kN) each
  • Wheel track: 16 ft 8 in (5.08 m)
  • Wheelbase: 37 ft 10 in (11.53 m)
  • Aspect ratio: 1.7

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 3.3[103][104][N 5] (2,200+ mph, 3,540+ km/h, 1,910+ knots) at 80,000 ft (24,000 m)
  • Range: 2,900 nmi (5,400 km)
  • Ferry range: 3,200 nmi (5,925 km)
  • Service ceiling: 85,000 ft (25,900 m)
  • Rate of climb: 11820 ft/m (60 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 84 lb/ft² (410 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.44

Lockheed SR-71 Variants

  • SR-71A was the main production variant.
  • SR-71B was a trainer variant.
  • SR-71C was a hybrid aircraft composed of the rear fuselage of the first YF-12A (S/N 60-6934) and the forward fuselage from an SR-71 static test unit. The YF-12 had been wrecked in a 1966 landing accident. This Blackbird was seemingly not quite straight and had a yaw at supersonic speeds. It was nicknamed “The Bastard”.

Lockheed SR-71 on Display

Alabama

  • A-12 #06930 – On display at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL.
  • A-12 #06937 – On display at the Southern Museum of Flight, Birmingham, AL.
  • A-12 #06938 – On display at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile, AL.

Arizona

  • SR-71A #17951 – On display at the Pima Air Museum, Tucson, AZ.

California

  • A-12 #06924 – On display at the Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale, CA.
  • A-12 #06927 – On display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, CA.
  • A-12 #06933 – On display at the San Diego Aerospace Museum, in San Diego, CA.
  • SR-71A #17955 – On display at the AFFTC Museum, Edwards AFB, CA.
  • SR-71A #17960 – On display at the Castle Air Museum near Atwater, CA.
  • SR-71A #17963 – On display at Beale AFB, CA.
  • SR-71A #17973 – On display at the Blackbird Airpark, Palmdale, CA.
  • SR-71A #17975 – On display at the March Field Museum, March AFB, CA.
  • SR-71A #17980 – On display at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center as #844.

Florida

  • SR-71A #17959 – On display at the USAF Armament Museum, Eglin AFB, FL.

Georgia

  • SR-71A #17958 – On display at the Museum of Aviation, Robins AFB, GA.

Kansas

  • SR-71A #17961 – On display at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson, KS.

Louisiana

  • SR-71A #17967 – On display at the 8th Air Force Museum, Barksdale AFB, LA.

Michigan

  • SR-71B #17956 – On display at the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum in Kalamazoo, MI.

Minnesota

  • A-12 #06931 – On display at the Minnesota Air National Guard Museum, MN.

Nebraska

  • SR-71A #17964 – On display at the Strategic Air and Space Museum, near Ashland, NE.

New York

  • A-12 #06925 – On display at USS Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in the New York City Harbor.

Ohio

  • YF-12A #06935 – On display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.
  • SR-71A #17976 – On display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.

Oregon

  • SR-71A #17971 – On display at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, OR.

Texas

  • SR-71A #17979 – On display at the USAF History and Traditions Museum, Lackland AFB, TX.

Utah

  • SR-71C #17981 – On display at the Hill Aerospace Museum, Hill AFB, UT.

Virginia

  • SR-71A #17968 – On display at the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond, VA.
  • SR-71A #17972 – On display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Washington

  • M-21 #06940 – On display at the Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA.

United Kingdom

  • SR-71A #17962 – On display at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England.

Lockheed YF-12A Specifications

yf12-diagramGeneral characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 101 ft 8 in (30.97 m)
  • Wingspan: 55 ft 7 in (16.95 m)
  • Height: 18 ft 6 in (5.64 m)
  • Wing area: 1,795 ft² (167 m²)
  • Aspect ratio: 1.7
  • Empty weight: 60,730 lb (27,604 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 124,000 lb (56,200 kg[6])
  • Max. takeoff weight: 140,000 lb (63,504 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney J58/JTD11D-20A afterburning turbojet with compressor bleed bypass
    • Dry thrust: 20,500 lbf (91.2 kN) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: 31,500 lbf (140 kN) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 3.35 (2,275 mph, 3,661 km/h[6]) at 80,000 ft (24,400 m)
  • Range: 3,000 mi (4,800 km)
  • Service ceiling: 90,000 ft (27,400 m)
  • Rate of climb: 11820 ft/m (60 m/s) ()
  • Thrust/weight: 0.44

Armament

  • Missiles: 3× Hughes AIM-47A air-to-air missiles located internally in fuselage bays

Avionics

  • Hughes AN/ASG-18 look-down/shoot-down fire control radar

Lockheed YF-12A on Display

YF-12A
  • YF-12A, AF Ser. No. 60-6935 (Article 1002) – at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. This aircraft has small patches in its skin, on the starboard side below the cockpit. The patches cover holes caused by the “spurs” of a crewman who had to evacuate the plane after an emergency landing.
  • SR-71C, AF Ser. No. 61-7981 (portion of the former YF-12A AF Ser. No. 60-6934) is on display at the Hill Aerospace Museum, Hill AFB, Utah.

Lockheed A-12 Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 (2 for trainer variant)
  • Length: 101.6 ft (30.97 m)
  • Wingspan: 55.62 ft (16.95 m)
  • Height: 18.45 ft (5.62 m)
  • Wing area: 1,795 ft² (170 m²)
  • Empty weight: 54,600 lb (24,800 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 124,600 lb (56,500 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney J58-1 afterburning turbojets, 32,500 lbf (144 kN) each
  • Payload: 2,500 lb (1,100 kg) of reconnaissance sensors

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 3.35 (2,210 mph, 3,560 km/h) at 75,000 ft (23,000 m)
  • Range: 2,200 nmi (2,500 mi, 4,000 km)
  • Service ceiling: 95,000 ft (29,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 11,800 ft/min (60 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 65 lb/ft² (320 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.56

Lockheed A-12 on Display

  • A-12 60-6924 at the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum Annex, Blackbird Airpark, at Plant 42, Palmdale, California.
  • A-12 60-6925 at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, parked on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, New York City.
  • A-12 60-6927 the two-seat trainer at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California.
  • A-12 60-6930 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama.
  • A-12 60-6931 at the CIA Headquarters, Langley, Virginia.[N 1]
  • A-12 60-6933 at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego, California.
  • A-12 60-6937 at the Southern Museum of Flight, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • A-12 60-6938 at the Battleship Memorial Park (USS Alabama), Mobile, Alabama.

Lockheed M-21 on Display

  • M-21 60-6940 at the Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington. Only surviving M-21 designed to launch a ramjet-powered D-21 drone which was mounted on a pylon above the empennage. Displayed inside museum building.

Lockheed A-12 Variants

Training variant

The A-12 training variant (60-6927 “Titanium Goose”) was a two-seat model with two cockpits in tandem with the rear cockpit raised and slightly offset. In case of emergency, the trainer was designed to allow the flight instructor to take control.

YF-12A

The YF-12 program was a limited production variant of the A-12. Lockheed convinced the U.S. Air Force that an aircraft based on the A-12 would provide a less costly alternative to the recently canceled North American Aviation XF-108, since much of the design and development work on the YF-12 had already been done and paid for. Thus, in 1960 the Air Force agreed to take the seventh through ninth slots on the A-12 production line and have them completed in the YF-12A interceptor configuration.

M-21

The M-21 variant carried and launched the Lockheed D-21, an unmanned, faster and higher-flying reconnaissance drone. The M-21 had a pylon on its back for mounting the drone and a second cockpit for a Launch Control Operator/Officer (LCO) in the place of the A-12’s Q bay. The D-21 was autonomous; after launch, it would fly over the target, travel to a predetermined rendezvous point, eject its data package, and self-destruct. A C-130 Hercules would catch the package in midair.

The M-21 program was canceled in 1966 after a drone collided with the mother ship at launch. The crew ejected safely, but the LCO drowned when he landed in the ocean and his flight suit filled with water. The D-21 lived on in the form of a B-model launched from a pylon under the wing of the B-52 bomber. The D-21B performed operational missions over China from 1969 to 1971.

Lockheed D-21 Specifications

d21-diagram2D-21A and D-21B without booster
  • Wingspan: 19 ft 1/4 in (5.79 m)
  • Length: 42 ft 10 in (12.8 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 1/4 in (2.14 m)
  • Launch weight: 11,000 lb (5,000 kg)
  • Maximum speed: Mach 3.35 (2,210 mph, 1,920 knots, 3,560 km/h)
  • Service ceiling: 95,000 ft (29,000 m)
  • Range: 3,000 nmi, 3,450 mi, 5,550 km
  • Engine: 1 x Marquardt RJ43-MA-20S4 ramjet, 1,500 lbf (6.67 kN)

Lockheed D-21 on Display

  • Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) located on Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, Arizona (D-21 #530 and two more)
  • Blackbird Airpark, Palmdale, California (D-21B #525)
  • Chinese Aviation Museum, Beijing, China (D-21 #527)
  • Evergreen Aviation Museum, McMinnville, Oregon (GTD-21B)
  • Grissom Air Museum, Grissom Air Reserve Base, Peru, Indiana (GTD-21B)
  • March Field Air Museum, March Air Reserve Base, Riverside, California(D-21B #537)
  • Museum of Aviation, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia (GTD-21B #538)
  • Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington (D-21 No. 510 mounted on remaining M-21 #60-6940)
  • National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio (D-21B)
  • Pacific Coast Air Museum, Sonoma County, California
  • Pima Air & Space Museum (adjacent to Davis-Monthan AFB), Tucson, Arizona (D-21B #533)