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Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird"

Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 2018
The SR-71 carried many nicknames like the "Habu," "SR," "Lady in Black," and "Sled;" but most of us know the SR-71 as the "Blackbird." The SR-71 was developed as a long-range strategic reconnaissance aircraft capable of flying at speeds over Mach 3.2 and at 85,000 feet. The first SR-71 to enter service was delivered in 1966 and retired in 1990. The USAF kept a few SR-71s in operation up until 1998, after a few were brought back to service in 1995. NASA's also flew the SR-71 from 1991 until its final flight in October 1999.
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An air-to-air underside side view of an SR-71 aircraft from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing

An air-to-air underside side view of an SR-71 aircraft from the 9th St...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Ken Hackman Release Status: Released ... More

Artwork: "SR-71: First Operational Mission" Artist: Hal McCormick

Artwork: "SR-71: First Operational Mission" Artist: Hal McCormick

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A KC-10A Extender, aircraft and an SR-71 aircraft are silhouetted by the setting sun during in-flight refueling operations

A KC-10A Extender, aircraft and an SR-71 aircraft are silhouetted by t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An air-to-air front view of an SR-71A aircraft

An air-to-air front view of an SR-71A aircraft

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A seat and raised canopies of an SR-71B Blackbird strategic reconnaissance training aircraft.  The SR-71 is unofficially known as the"Blackbird."

A seat and raised canopies of an SR-71B Blackbird strategic reconnaiss...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status:... More

Air to air view from directly overhead of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing's SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, flying over clouds, on a mission out of Beale Air Force Base, California. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air view from directly overhead of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissan...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Air to air view right side view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing's SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft as it banks left for an approach into Beale Air Force Base, California. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air view right side view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Air to air view left side view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing's SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, on a mission out of Beale Air Force Base, California. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air view left side view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing'...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

MAJ Terry B. Pappas, pilot, and MAJ John D. Manzi, reconnaissance officer, prepare to step down from the cockpit of their 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing SR-71 aircraft after landing on base for the plane's deactivation ceremony. Following the ceremony, the SR-71 will be on permanent display at the March Field Museum. A U-2 aircraft is on display in the background

MAJ Terry B. Pappas, pilot, and MAJ John D. Manzi, reconnaissance offi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: March Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT John K. Mcdowell Release Status:... More

An SR-71B aircraft taxis to a halt in front of a crowd gathered for its arrival. The aircraft, which has been deactivated from Air Force service, will be placed in the base's museum. Next to the aircraft is a U-2R reconnaissance aircraft; in the background are a KC-135E Stratotanker aircraft; left, and a KC-10A Extender aircraft

An SR-71B aircraft taxis to a halt in front of a crowd gathered for it...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: March Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT John K. Mcdowell Release Status:... More

An airman stands by to help MAJ Terry B. Pappas out of the cockpit of his SR-71B aircraft following the aircraft's arrival at the base. The aircraft, which has been deactivated from Air Force service, will be placed in the base's museum

An airman stands by to help MAJ Terry B. Pappas out of the cockpit of ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: March Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Scott Stewart Release Status: Re... More

A silhouette of a man standing next to an airplane. Aircraft silhouette sr-71 reconnaissance aircraft.

A silhouette of a man standing next to an airplane. Aircraft silhouett...

A plane is silhouetted against a sunset / A fighter jet sitting on top of an airport runway public domain stock photo.

Piece of Metal from A-12

Piece of Metal from A-12

During a routine A-12 training flight on 5 January 1967, a fuel gauge failed to function properly, and the aircraft ran out of fuel only minutes before landing. The pilot, Walter Ray, ejected but was killed whe... More

During the 1981 Air Fair, this SR-71 Blackbird aircraft flies over the base

During the 1981 Air Fair, this SR-71 Blackbird aircraft flies over the...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base State: Ohio (OH) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released... More

An air-to-air front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft being hooked up with a KC-10 Extender aircraft for refueling during testing. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, is seen from the refueling boom operator's section

An air-to-air front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft being hooked u...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Ranzeno Oates Release Status: Re... More

Fred Cavanaugh, Advanced Development Plan Program manager for the SR-71 Blackbird, presents a photo of the aircraft to COL Terry and COL Baker of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. The presentation was made at the completion of the SR-71's 1,000th sortie

Fred Cavanaugh, Advanced Development Plan Program manager for the SR-7...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

A left side view of an SR-71 aircraft from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing landing. The aircraft is silhouetted against the sunset

A left side view of an SR-71 aircraft from the 9th Strategic Reconnais...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Ken Hackman Release Status: Released ... More

A ground crewman marshalls an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, being piloted by Undersecretary of the Air Force Edward C. Aldrich, into its parking position after a flight

A ground crewman marshalls an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, being piloted ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Paul N. Hayahsi Release Status: ... More

A left side view of an SR-71 aircraft moving toward a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft for inflight refueling. The SR-71 is from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing

A left side view of an SR-71 aircraft moving toward a KC-135 Stratotan...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Ken Hackman Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Captain William D. Stanford explains a space suit to Craig Nelson who portrays Colonel Sarnac on the TV series "Call to Glory." The production crew filmed several episodes here depicting the early SR-71 Blackbird flights

Captain William D. Stanford explains a space suit to Craig Nelson who ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: AIC Joe Castellino Release Status: Re... More

Representative Beverly B. Byron, Democrat-Maryland, adjusts her helmet prior to a demonstration flight aboard an SR-71 aircraft

Representative Beverly B. Byron, Democrat-Maryland, adjusts her helmet...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Castle Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to ... More

A silhouetted left side view of an SR-71 strategic reconnaissance aircraft parked on a flight line. The aircraft is known as the "Blackbird."

A silhouetted left side view of an SR-71 strategic reconnaissance airc...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A front view of an SR-71 aircraft assigned to Detachment 4, 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, as it prepares for takeoff

A front view of an SR-71 aircraft assigned to Detachment 4, 9th Strate...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Raf Mildenhall Country: Great Britain / England (GBR) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Paul A. Tubridy Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... More

A ground crewman signals an SR-71A strategic reconnaissance aircraft preparing for takeoff.  The SR-71 is unofficially known as the"Blackbird."

A ground crewman signals an SR-71A strategic reconnaissance aircraft p...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status:... More

Air to air view left side view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing's SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, flying over cloud cover, on a mission out of Beale Air Force Base, California. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air view left side view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing'...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Overall view of flight line showing a SR-71 Black Bird, reconnaissance aircraft, after its final flight. It will be retired to the March Field Museum. On the flight line, in the background are KC-135 and KC-10 tankers from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Overall view of flight line showing a SR-71 Black Bird, reconnaissance...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: March Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT John Mcdowell Release Status: Re... More

A SR-71 Black Bird, reconnaissance aircraft is marshaled into position after arriving for the ceremonies retiring the aircraft to the March Field Museum. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A SR-71 Black Bird, reconnaissance aircraft is marshaled into position...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: March Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Scott Stewart Release Status: Re... More

A SR-71 Black Bird, reconnaissance aircraft marshals into position after arriving for the ceremonies retiring the aircraft to the March Field Museum. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A SR-71 Black Bird, reconnaissance aircraft marshals into position aft...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: March Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Scott Stewart Release Status: Re... More

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft taxiing along the flightline. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, was refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft taxiing along the flightline. Th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Ranzeno Oates Release Status: Re... More

SR-71 Blackbird aircraft pilots, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, discuss flight details during breakfast. Their aircraft will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

SR-71 Blackbird aircraft pilots, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

A front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft being prepared for takeoff. The SR-71 is flown by Det. 4, 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 3rd Air Force, RAF Mildenhall

A front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft being prepared for takeoff...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Jose Lopez Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photo... More

An air-to-air left side view of an SR-71B aircraft

An air-to-air left side view of an SR-71B aircraft

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An SR-71 aircraft flies over in honor of Brigadier General Jesse S. Hocker, former commander of the 14th Air Division, during his retirement ceremony

An SR-71 aircraft flies over in honor of Brigadier General Jesse S. Ho...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Mark Zalewski Release Status: Re... More

An SR-71 Black Bird reconnaissance aircraft, with afterburner on, flies overhead. Exact Date Shot Unknown

An SR-71 Black Bird reconnaissance aircraft, with afterburner on, flie...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An SR-71A aircraft lands with its drag chute deployed during Air Fete '85

An SR-71A aircraft lands with its drag chute deployed during Air Fete ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Raf Mildenhall State: Suffolk Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Jose Lopez Release Status: Released to Public C... More

Charlene Packard, congressional staffer, Colonel (COL) David H. Pinsky, Senator Jacob Hecht, Republican-Nevada, and Carmen C. Battaglia, congressional staffer, pictured in front of an SR-71B aircraft

Charlene Packard, congressional staffer, Colonel (COL) David H. Pinsky...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to P... More

Air to air view left side view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing's SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, on a mission out of Beale Air Force Base, California. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air view left side view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing'...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Air to air view right side, high, view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing's SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, flying over scattered clouds, on a mission out of Beale Air Force Base, California. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air view right side, high, view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissan...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

After the final operational flight of an SR-71 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, visiting dignitaries gather around the crew for a photograph. Present are, from left to right: an unidentified representative of Lockheed Aircraft Corp., GEN John T. Chain, LTC Thomas E. Bergam, LTC William R. Dyckman, COL James S. Savarda, LGEN Richard A. Burpee, BGEN Kenneth F. Keller and LTC Smith

After the final operational flight of an SR-71 high-altitude reconnais...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Wayne A. Cuffley Release Status: ... More

An air-to-air underside view of an SR-71 aircraft banking to the left

An air-to-air underside view of an SR-71 aircraft banking to the left

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Artwork: "SR-71 Blackbird". Artist: Martha Auckland

Artwork: "SR-71 Blackbird". Artist: Martha Auckland

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A group of fighter jets sitting on top of an airport tarmac. Nasa research aircraft fleet x-31 f-15.

A group of fighter jets sitting on top of an airport tarmac. Nasa rese...

A group of fighter jets and a small aircraft / The blackbird is a major air force aircraft - public domain aircraft photo.

A plane is flying in the sky at sunset. Aircraft blackbird refueling sr-71.

A plane is flying in the sky at sunset. Aircraft blackbird refueling s...

A jet is refueling a jet fighter in the sky / A fighter jet is refueling an aircraft in the sky public domain stock photo.

Right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft in flight during testing. The Extender, silhouetted against the sunset horizon, is from the 78th Air Refueling Squadron, and the Blackbird, the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing

Right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling an SR-71 Blackb...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft taxiing along the flightline. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, was refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft taxiing along the flightline. Th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Ranzeno Oates Release Status: Re... More

Pilots from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing sit in the cockpit of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft prior to flight. The aircraft will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft while in flight during testing

Pilots from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing sit in the cockpit o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

An air-to-air left side view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft during its 1,000th sortie

An air-to-air left side view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft during its...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

A left front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft piloted by Undersecretary of the Air Force Edward C. Aldrich, as he taxies it out to the runway before takeoff

A left front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft piloted by Undersecre...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Paul N. Hayahsi Release Status: ... More

The crew of an SR-71A aircraft (background) walks away from the flight line upon arrival

The crew of an SR-71A aircraft (background) walks away from the flight...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Ken Hackman Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Artwork: "SR-71 Preflighted, Beale AFB, CA-1983" Artist: Mark Eriksen, USAF Art Collection

Artwork: "SR-71 Preflighted, Beale AFB, CA-1983" Artist: Mark Eriksen,...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An air-to-air overhead view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, RAF Mildenhall

An air-to-air overhead view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft from the 9t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: STAFF SGT. David Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digita... More

Air to air three-quarter-front view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing SR-71 Black Bird as it approaches a tanker for refueling. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air three-quarter-front view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A right underside view of an SR-71A aircraft in flight during Air Fete'88, a NATO aircraft display hosted by the 513th Airborne Command and Control Wing

A right underside view of an SR-71A aircraft in flight during Air Fete...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Royal Air Force Mildenhall Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... More

Air to air view left side view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing's SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, makes a right turn, on a mission out of Beale Air Force Base, California. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air view left side view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing'...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Heat waves radiate from an engine as a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing SR-71 aircraft taxis on the flight line after arriving on base for its deactivation ceremony. The plane's pilot, MAJ Terry B. Pappas, and MAJ John D. Manzi, reconnaissance officer, are delivering the aircraft to the March Field Museum for permanent display

Heat waves radiate from an engine as a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: March Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Scott P. Stewart Release Status:... More

A fighter jet sitting on top of an airport runway. Sr-71 reconnaissance aircraft aircraft, science technology.

A fighter jet sitting on top of an airport runway. Sr-71 reconnaissanc...

A black airplane on a runway with its lights on / A black airplane is on the runway with a light on public domain military photo. A black airplane on a runway with its lights on / A black airplane is on the ru... More

Untouchable - A fighter jet flying in the sky above the earth

Untouchable - A fighter jet flying in the sky above the earth

by Dru Blair.Mixed Media on Illustration Board, 2007.Donated by Daniel K. Hilton.Under the highly secret Project OXCART, CIA developed the A 12 as the U-2’s successor, intended to meet our nation’s need for a v... More

Lockheed SR-71B. NASA public domain image colelction.

Lockheed SR-71B. NASA public domain image colelction.

Dryden's SR-71B Blackbird, NASA 831, slices across the snow-covered southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California after being refueled by an Air Force tanker during a 1994 flight. SR-71B was the trainer versio... More

A view of high-pressure suits of SR-71 Blackbird aircraft pilots, hanging in a dressing room

A view of high-pressure suits of SR-71 Blackbird aircraft pilots, hang...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft in flight. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft during testing

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft in flight. The aircraft, from th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft in flight. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft during testing

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft in flight. The aircraft, from th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

An air-to-air left rear view of an SR-71 aircraft

An air-to-air left rear view of an SR-71 aircraft

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Ken Hackman Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

AN air-to-air right side view of an A-12 Blackbird aircraft carrying a D-21 drone

AN air-to-air right side view of an A-12 Blackbird aircraft carrying a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The crew of an SR-71 Blackbird disembarks the aircraft after flying its 1,000th sortie

The crew of an SR-71 Blackbird disembarks the aircraft after flying it...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

A ground-to-air left rear view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft taking off from a fog-shrouded runway. The SR-71 is flown by Det. 4, 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 3rd Air Force, RAF Mildenhall

A ground-to-air left rear view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft taking o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Jose Lopez Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photo... More

An air-to-air left side view of an SR-71 strategic reconnaissance aircraft. The SR-71 is unofficially known as the "Blackbird."

An air-to-air left side view of an SR-71 strategic reconnaissance airc...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A flight crew poses in front of an SR-71A aircraft prior to a mission. They are wearing flight suits designed especially for the SR-71A

A flight crew poses in front of an SR-71A aircraft prior to a mission....

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Macdill Air Force Base State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Pu... More

A security policeman stands guard near an SR-71A aircraft parked on the flight line

A security policeman stands guard near an SR-71A aircraft parked on th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Macdill Air Force Base State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Pu... More

An air-to-air top view of an SR-71 aircraft banking left while performing at an international air show

An air-to-air top view of an SR-71 aircraft banking left while perform...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Abbotsford State: British Columbia (BC) Country: Canada (CAN) Scene Camera Operator: Tsgt Robert C. Marshall Release Status: Released to Public ... More

A right front view of an SR-71B Blackbird strategic reconnaissance training aircraft on the runway just after sundown.  The SR-71 is unofficially known as the"Blackbird."

A right front view of an SR-71B Blackbird strategic reconnaissance tra...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status:... More

An air-to-air front close-up of an SR-71A strategic reconnaissance aircraft. The SR-71 is unofficially known as the "Blackbird."

An air-to-air front close-up of an SR-71A strategic reconnaissance air...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Michael Haggerty Release S... More

Air to air view right side view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing's SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, as it banks left flying over scattered clouds, on a mission out of Beale Air Force Base, California. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air view right side view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An SR-71A high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft is towed from the runway after an emergency landing. The aircraft was on a test flight from Palmdale, California, when it developed a hydraulic leak

An SR-71A high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft is towed from the runw...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Mountain Home Air Force Base State: Idaho (ID) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SRA Todd R. Peck Release Status: R... More

A head-on view of an SR-71A high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft as it is towed from the runway after an emergency landing. The aircraft was on a test flight from Palmdale, California, when it developed a hydraulic leak

A head-on view of an SR-71A high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft as i...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Mountain Home Air Force Base State: Idaho (ID) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SRA Todd R. Peck Release Status: R... More

US Air Force (USAF) Colonel (COL) Floyd L. Carpenter (second from right), Commander, 2nd Bomb Wing (BW), Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), Louisiana (LA), and dignitaries cut the ribbon officially unveiling the Eighth Air Force Museum's latest acquisition, the SR-71A Blackbird serial number 61-7967. The event was held in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first successful powered heavier than air flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (NC) on December 17, 1903. Wearing a SR-71 full pressure suit, is USAF SENIOR MASTER Sergeant (SMSGT) Dave Roberts, CHIEF Education and Training, 917th Wing

US Air Force (USAF) Colonel (COL) Floyd L. Carpenter (second from righ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Barksdale Air Force Base State: Louisiana (LA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: ACC Scene Camera Operator: MSG... More

SSGT Horton assists an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft pilot in an altitude chamber during training. The pilot is assigned to the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing

SSGT Horton assists an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft pilot in an altitude c...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

A right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft in-flight during testing. The Extender, silhouetted against the sunset horizon, is from the 78th Air Refueling Squadron, and the Blackbird, the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing

A right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling an SR-71 Blac...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: STAFF SGT. Bill Thompson Release Stat... More

Right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft in flight during testing. The Extender, silhouetted against the sunset horizon, is from the 78th Air Refueling Squadron, and the Blackbird, the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing

Right side view of a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling an SR-71 Blackb...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

A direct front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft after landing from its 1,000th sortie

A direct front view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft after landing from ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

An air-to-air right side view of an SR-71B aircraft

An air-to-air right side view of an SR-71B aircraft

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An underside front view of an SR-71 strategic reconnaissance aircraft in flight. The SR-71 is unofficially known as the "Blackbird."

An underside front view of an SR-71 strategic reconnaissance aircraft ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Flight crews and security personnel gather on the flight line around an SR-71 aircraft for participation in Air Fete'88, a NATO aircraft display hosted by the 513th Airborne Command and Control Wing.  Ten French Alpha Jet aircraft of the Patroulle de Fran

Flight crews and security personnel gather on the flight line around a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Royal Air Force Mildenhall Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... More

A crowd gathers around various aircraft parked on the flight line, including an SR-71 aircraft, foreground, during Air Fete'88, a NATO aircraft display hosted by the 513th Airborne Command and Control Wing

A crowd gathers around various aircraft parked on the flight line, inc...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Royal Air Force Mildenhall Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... More

Air to air view right side view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing's SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, as it banks left flying over scattered clouds, on a mission out of Beale Air Force Base, California. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air view right side view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Air to air view left side view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing's SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, flying over scattered clouds, on a mission out of Beale Air Force Base, California. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air view left side view of a 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing'...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Michael Haggerty Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

MAJ Terry B. Pappas, pilot, and MAJ John D. Manzi, reconnaissance officer, prepare to step down from the cockpit of their 9th strategic Reconnaissance Wing SR-71 aircraft after landing on base for the plane's deactivation ceremony. Following the ceremony, the SR-71 will be on permanent display at the March Field Museum

MAJ Terry B. Pappas, pilot, and MAJ John D. Manzi, reconnaissance offi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: March Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Scott P. Stewart Release Status:... More

A 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing SR-71 aircraft taxis on the flight line after arriving on base for its deactivation ceremony. The plane's pilot, MAJ Terry B. Pappas, and MAJ John D. Manzi, reconnaissance officer, are delivering the aircraft to the March Field Museum for permanent display

A 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing SR-71 aircraft taxis on the flight...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: March Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Scott P. Stewart Release Status:... More

Overall view of flight line showing a SR-71 Black Bird, reconnaissance aircraft, after its final flight. It will be retired to the March Field Museum. On the flight line, in the background are KC-135 and KC-10 tankers from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Overall view of flight line showing a SR-71 Black Bird, reconnaissance...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: March Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT John Mcdowell Release Status: Re... More

Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment (LASRE)

Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment (LASRE)

(October 31, 1997) A NASA SR-71 successfully completed its first flight October 31, 1997 as part of the NASA/Rocketdyne/Lockheed Martin Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment (LASRE) at NASA's Dryden Flight Research... More

Public domain stock image. Supersonic fighter aircraft jet.
A left side view of the SR-71 Blackbird aircraft on display

A left side view of the SR-71 Blackbird aircraft on display

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

Airmen assist LTC Bob Crowder, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, put on his high-pressure suit. LTC Crowder will fly an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft which will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft during testing

Airmen assist LTC Bob Crowder, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance W...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

Airmen assist pilots aboard an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. The aircraft will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

Airmen assist pilots aboard an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, from the 9th ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, flanked by a T-38 Talon aircraft. The aircraft, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, was refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

A view of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, flanked by a T-38 Talon aircraf...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Ranzeno Oates Release Status: Re... More

A left rear view of a parked SR-71 Blackbird aircraft from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. The aircraft will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

A left rear view of a parked SR-71 Blackbird aircraft from the 9th Str...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

Airmen assist LTC Bob Crowder, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, put on his high-pressure suit. LTC Crowder is a pilot of an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft which will be refueled by a KC-10 Extender aircraft in flight during testing

Airmen assist LTC Bob Crowder, from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance W...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson Release Status: Re... More

An air-to-air left side view of an SR-71 aircraft from the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing

An air-to-air left side view of an SR-71 aircraft from the 9th Strateg...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Beale Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Ken Hackman Release Status: Released ... More

Artwork: "SR-71" Artist: Hazel Olson

Artwork: "SR-71" Artist: Hazel Olson

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Artwork: "SR-71: Eye in the Sky" Artist: Dennis Linn, US Air Force Art Collection

Artwork: "SR-71: Eye in the Sky" Artist: Dennis Linn, US Air Force Art...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Artwork: "Blackbird-SR-71" Artist: Michel Allaire, USAF Art Collection

Artwork: "Blackbird-SR-71" Artist: Michel Allaire, USAF Art Collection

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

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