SR-71 Blackbird Historical

SR-71 Blackbird Historical (HM1XT7)

Location: Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542 Okaloosa County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 27.954', W 86° 33.721'

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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. It was created by Lockheed's Advanced Development Division, commonly called "Skunk Works''. The SR-71 made its first flight on 22 December 1964 and was delivered to the Air Force in 1968. The SR-71 made its first operational mission on 21 March 1968 over Vietnam.
The SR-71 has accumulated many outstanding achievements. The SRT1 program itself has been a total success based on the fact that the aircraft holds all of the official airspeed and altitude records. On 1 September 1974, an SR-71 set a speed record from New York to London at an average speed of 1,806.964 mph. On 13 September 1974, an SR-71 set a speed record from London to Los Angeles at an average speed of 1,435.587 mph. On 27/28 July 1976, an SR-71 set an Altitude in Horizontal Flight record at 85,068.997 feet. On the same days, an SR-71 set the Speed over a Straight course record of 2,193.167 mph and Speed over a Closed course record of 2,092.294 mph. On 6 March 1990, an SR-71 set a speed record from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. (1,998 miles) in 1 hour - 4 minutes - 19.89 seconds or 2,144.83 mph.
This SR-71A S/N 61-7959, also known as "Big Tail", came off the assembly line like any other SR-71 when
it was rolled out on 16 August 1965. But it was chosen as the platform for a new set of sensor equipment to be carried in a nine-foot extension from the rear of the aircraft in 1975. On 3 December 1975, the "Big Tail" flew for the first time. The tests demonstrated that there was little performance loss, but that the new sensor equipment proved little advantage. The program was dropped, this aircraft was last flown on 29 October 1976 and is the only "Big Tail" in existence.
Manufacturer     Lockheed Aircraft Corp
Thrust     Two — Pratt & Whitney J58 Turbojet engines rated at 34,000 lbs of thrust each
Length     107 ft 5 in
Height     18 ft 6 in
Wingspan     55 ft 7 in
Weight     59,000 lbs Empty / 170,000 lbs Max
Speed     2,510 mph (Mach 3.3) Max / 2,430 mph (Mach 3.2) Cruise
Range     2,500 miles w/o refueling
Ceiling     85,000 ft
Armament     None
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
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HM NumberHM1XT7
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 542043 N 3370494
Decimal Degrees30.46590000, -86.56201667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 27.954', W 86° 33.721'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 27' 57.24" N, 86° 33' 43.26" W
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Area Code(s)850
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near FL-85, Eglin Air Force Base FL 32542, US
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