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Dad’s Day With The SR-71 Blackbird

June 17, 2010

June 19 & 20, Evergreen Space Museum

Have you seen the below invitation from the Evergreen Space Museum in McMinnville? I’m a big fan of the museum and the Blackbird, so I’ll be there.

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

An SR-71B Trainer over the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California in 1994. Note the raised second cockpit for the instructor.
“Come listen to a panel of experts on the SR-71 Blackbird, one of the coolest reconnaissance aircraft ever created! Dad will never forget the Father’s Day where he met the people who flew and worked on the SR-71, as well as listened to the stories they have to tell. “
Schedule of Events: Saturday & Sunday
10 am & 1:30 pm
Sessions featuring a panel of SR-71 experts
See the full invitation here…

“For a more personal experience, enjoy our exclusive SR-71 dinner on Saturday night. You and Dad can eat with the Blackbird experts and find out all the facts you did not hear at the afternoon sessions!”
Saturday Only:
6 pm: Dinner with the SR-71 Experts
Call the museum to reserve tickets for dinner 503-434-4023.
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is the world’s fastest and highest flying “air-breathing” production aircraft. On July 28, 1976, the SR-71 set a world speed record of 2,193 miles per hour. The same day, another SR-71 set a world altitude record of 85,068.997 feet! To achieve a low drag at Mach 3+ speeds, Lockheed designed the SR-71 with a delta wing configuration. Its two Pratt and Whitney J-58 engines operate as ordinary jet engines at low speeds and are switched to ramjets at speeds above 2,000 miles per hour.
Although retired by the Air Force in 1990, a few Blackbirds received funding from Congress for additional flights. The Museum’s SR-71A (61-7971/NASA 832) flew for NASA crews as part of the reactivation program in 1995 and 1996, then retired. On long-term loan from the United States Air Force Museum, the Blackbird is among the Museum’s newest aircraft. Info on the museum…

jaglavaksoldier December 23, 2008. 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 innovative 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.

SR-71 Development and Operations:

The SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most spectacular aircraft ever built. It is a long-range, supersonic reconnaissance aircraft capable of flying at Mach 3.2. When it first flew, it was an amazing performer and still is after three decades of unmatched capabilities.

The SR-71 has serviced the United States for more than 35 years. During that time, it has had a very interesting history. It all began back in the mid 1950s when the United States Air Force and the CIA decided that it would be best to replace the U-2, an aircraft with something that would travel much faster and higher to avoid enemy defenses.

Lockheed, the developer of the U-2 was also given the contract to develop this supersonic aircraft after a competition with Convair. The project was called ARCHANGEL and the Skunk Works, a division of the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation went through twelve design proposals before they reached their final design, the A-12.

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