Much appreciated! I put together a timeline for this airframe. Information taken from several sources.
Timeline “article 2013” / #962 / 61-7962
SR-71A 61-7962 - 2835.9 flight hours
29 Apr 1966 First flight SR-71A #962; Lockheed Test Pilot/RSO: Bill Weaver/ Steven Belgau
24 May 1966 SR-71A #962 Delivered to Beale AFB, CA, by USAF Crew: Douglas Nelson/ Russell Lewis, from Palmdale, CA
Sep 1968 Switched OL-8s Kadena Japan, SR-71s #974,#976,#978 with #962, #970, #980
28 Jul 1976 SR-71A #962 set an Altitude World Record of 85,068.997 ft, USAF Pilot/RSO: Bob Helt/Larry Elliott
6 Sep 1976 SR-71A SN 61-7962 arrived at DET 4. of the 9th SRW at Mildenhall, UK for a 12 day deployment.
7 sep 1976 61-7962 flew her first successful operational mission from DET 4 and performed a complete surveillance of the Barents Sea area with Pilot Richard Graham and RSO Don Emmons at the controls.
Moved on to DET 1 (Kadena, Japan)
1 jul 1980 from Kadena AB to Diego Garcia test facility with Pilot Bob Crowder and RSO Don Emmons at the controls.
To Beale AFB, sometime during her life at Beale AFB, she wore a unique skull & crossbones emblem and she was also seen with “Snoopy” asleep on top of his doghouse and at one point also had "Speedy Gonzales" Arriba...Arriba and Numero Uno stencilled.
8 Aug 1985 SR barns at RAF Mildenhall used for the first time by SR-71A #962
21 Jan 1990 Last SR-71 #962 left Kadena AB(Det 1) for Beale AFB, at 0500, Tail art: A tombstone which read: "Det 1 RIP 1968-1990"
14 Feb 1990 Last flight of SR-71As #962 & #967, Beale AFB to Palmdale, CA, #962 was placed in flyable storage at AF Plant 2;
2001 After 11 years in storage at Lockheed's facility in Palmdale, California, SR-71 64-17962, acquired by the Imperial War Museum, was dismantled by a crew from Worldwide Aircraft Recovery before transport to Houston and onward sea-transit to Tilbury Docks en route for Duxford. A paperwork delay, and heavy snowstorms in the desert, have held up the move, but planned move the Mach 3 reconnaissance jet to Duxford in time for Easter 2001.
5 Apr 2001 arrival of #962 at Duxford IWM.
11 Apr 2001 #962 first time on public display at Duxford IWM.
27 Sep 2002, she was moved from her temporary location next to the Concorde, to the American War Museum hangar.