Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lockheed Blackbirds

SR-71 on display at the National Museum of the US Air Force.
SR-71 at Dayton - frontal photo

SR-71 nose gear

SR-71 walk around - cockpit

The Blackbird's distinctive intake spikes were absolutely essential for the aircraft's performance, as at operational speeds the inlets produced over half of the total thrust.
Sr-71 nacelle - forward view



Walk-Around #32: SR-71 Blackbird review

A great reference for modeling all three versions of the Blackbird family - the A-12 photo-recon aircraft for the CIA, the Air Force's YF-12A prototype interceptor, and the definitive SR-71.

Some highlights:

  •  A shot of the first A-12 flight - it really wasn't a "Blackbird" at this point, as it flew in natural metal.
  •  Rear view of the M-21 mothership with a GTD-21 drone mounted.
  •  A very nice color shot of the A-12B trainer in natural metal with black leading edges.
  •  Details of upper & lower Q-bays.
  •  color shots of M-21/D-21 in flight.
  •  A-12 3-view & specifications.
  •  A-12 landing gear details.
  •  A-12 / YF-12 / SR-71A / SR-71 "big Tail" cockpit photos.
  •  SR-1/F-1 ejection seat.
  •  YF-12A 3-view & specifications.
  •  ASG-18 radar & YB-58 testbed.
  •  SR-71 3-view & specifications.
  •  J58 engine details, including some good color shots.
  •  10 color profiles.
Disclaimer: sample book provided by Squadron/Signal

YF-12 Blackbird Bibliography:

Magazine Articles and Photos:

"USAF Stresses YF-12A Interceptor Role"   Aviation Week & Space Technology  October 5, 1964  p.16-17  2 photos

"Lockheed YF-12A Flight Demonstration Reveals Design Details"   Aviation Week & Space Technology  October 12, 1964  p.30-33  15 photos

Photo: "USAF/Lockheed YF-12A"   Aviation Week & Space Technology  October 19, 1964  front cover

"Seven Tentative Flight Records Set by USAF/Lockheed YF-12As"   AW&ST  May 10, 1965  p.33

Photo:  "Forward Delta of YF-12A Altered"   AW&ST  May 17, 1965  p.67

Photo:  "Lockheed YF-12A Details Shown"   AW&ST  June 28, 1965  p.70

"Seven Tentative Flight Records Set by USAF/Lockheed YF-12As"   Aviation Week & Space Technology  May 10, 1965  p.33

Photo:  "YF-12 flies NASA research mission with F-104 chase aircraft"   AW&ST  August 3, 1970  front cover

Donald E. Fink   "NASA YF-12A Proves Valuable Testbed"   AW&ST  August 13, 1973  p.44-46

"YF-12s in Supersonic Research Program"   AW&ST  August 20, 1973  p.17

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