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    One and Done — Col Yielding Flew a SR-71 Across the US in an Hour, Then He Gave It To a Museum

    How could such a forward-thinking piece of machinery end up in a museum? On March 6th 1990, pilot Colonel Ed Yielding and reconnaissance systems officer (RSO) Colonel Joseph Vida departed Palmdale in California flying U. S. Air Force SR-71A (serial number 61-17972). This was not just another Senior Crown SR-71 flight. Yielding and Vida landed […]

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    Got a SR-71 Blackbird Question? This Guy Has Answers

    The SR-71 is more than a machine.  It’s a complex work of art. The SR-71 is an amazing aircraft. Able to fly over Mach 3 and designed without advanced computer technology, the jet is advanced beyond its years in both technology and capability.  It’s also been the source of so many questions. “Why are the […]

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    SR-71 Flew To The Edge Of Space But It Did Touch And Goes Just Like Every Other Jet

    Blackbird had to train its pilots too. The SR-71 was once amongst the fastest air breathing jets ever.  It could soar above Mach 3 and ply the skies over hostile territory with impunity.  What’s more impressive is that this jet was built with mostly drawing boards, slide rules, and air tunnels. While the Blackbird remains […]

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    This Is How You Pre-Flight the SR-71 Blackbird

    Avgeekery is proud to profile ‘avgeeks’ who share their passion for aviation in unique ways.  Recently, we ran into Erik Johnson.  He is a self-professed avgeek having grown up immersed in the world of aviation with a secondary love of photography. His father was in the Air Force and a civilian pilot.  After high school, he […]