SR-71 "Blackbird" - Lackland AFB- San Antonio, Texas
Posted by: BruceS
N 29° 23.390 W 098° 37.228
14R E 536827 N 3251236
Quick Description: Long range strategic reconnaissance aircraft on display near the main parade field at Lackland Air Force Base.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 3/14/2008 7:07:16 PM
Waymark Code: WM3CCY
"The Lockheed SR-71 is an advanced, long-range, Mach 3 strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed YF-12A and A-12 aircraft by the Lockheed Skunk Works. The SR-71 was unofficially named the Blackbird, and called the Habu by its crews. Clarence "Kelly" Johnson was responsible for many of the design's advanced concepts. A defensive feature of the aircraft was its high speed and operating altitude, whereby, if a surface-to-air missile launch were detected, standard evasive action was simply to accelerate. The SR-71 line was in service from 1964 to 1998, with 12 of the 32 aircraft being destroyed in accidents, though none were lost to enemy action." ~ wikipedia
Type of Aircraft: (make/model): SR-71 "Blackbird"
Tail Number: (S/N): 17979
Construction:: original aircraft
Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Lackland AFB
inside / outside: outside
Other Information:: Not listed
Access restrictions: Not listed
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