I really have no idea with this kind of stuff, but is this just an aircraft part painted to look like it came off a blackbird or is it the real deal? Possibly it is a real blackbird part but the markings have been added as a decoration?
SR-71 Blackbird Panel?
Posted 15 April 2019 - 07:50 AM
From the Aviation archaeology website PN 4A is a Lockheed SR-71 prefix...so looks good to be a SR71 part
Edited by phantomfixer, 15 April 2019 - 07:53 AM.
Posted 15 April 2019 - 07:54 AM
Ship 971 is on display in Oregon and the decal is for Lockheed's Skunk Works.
"SR-71A #61-7971 was one of the two aircraft reactivated in 1995 for Air Force service before the program was cancelled in 1998. Assembly of this aircraft started on 10 November 1965 and its roll out was on 16 August 1966. The first flight of the aircraft was on 17 November 1966 and the last flight was on 30 September 1997. This SR-71A has 3512.5 hrs of flight time."
Posted 24 April 2019 - 05:19 PM
Posted 25 April 2019 - 04:17 AM
were the SRs scrapped or in storage?
Edited by phantomfixer, 25 April 2019 - 04:22 AM.
Posted 25 April 2019 - 04:28 AM
Almost every one is in a museum, see my link above about 971.
"All surviving Blackbirds have now been transferred to museums. Several SR-71s were being held in flyable storage in the event that world events required that they be activated, but those aircraft were released to museums in the mid-2000s."
Edited by MattS, 25 April 2019 - 04:30 AM.
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