Lockheed Blackbirds (WarbirdTech Series)

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On 26 April 1962, Lockheed test pilot Lou Schalk took the first flight in an aircraft at a classified desert test facility in Nevada. The aircraft was far more advanced than anything in the sky, and when made public several years later it would capture the world's fascination like few other aircraft ever have. Three distinct variants were eventually manufactured, but surprisingly, none of them ever had an official name. Unofficially, they have all been referred to as "Blackbirds" and "Habu," the fastest, highest ...
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Overview

On 26 April 1962, Lockheed test pilot Lou Schalk took the first flight in an aircraft at a classified desert test facility in Nevada. The aircraft was far more advanced than anything in the sky, and when made public several years later it would capture the world's fascination like few other aircraft ever have. Three distinct variants were eventually manufactured, but surprisingly, none of them ever had an official name. Unofficially, they have all been referred to as "Blackbirds" and "Habu," the fastest, highest flying air-breathing aircraft in the world. The Lockheed model number of the first variant was A-12, but by a sort of inspired perversity it came to be called Oxcart, a code name also applied to the program under which it was developed. The other two variants carried the Air Force designations YF-12 and SR-71. This is the story of the Lockheed Blackbirds - fifty of the fastest, highest-flying air-breathing aircraft ever developed and deployed. This book is crammed with detailed photos and illustrations and is a fantastic resource for scale model builders.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781580070867
  • Publisher: Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Series: WarbirdTech Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface And The Thanks Go To ... 4
Chapter 1 Weird and Bizarre: Suntan, Gusto, Fish, and Kingfish 6
Chapter 2 The CIA's Oxcart: "... Obviously Right." 12
Chapter 3 Drones Over China: Tagboard and Senior Bowl 22
Chapter 4 Mach 3 Fighter: Blackbirds to Defend the Americas 33
Chapter 5 The Senior Crown: An Oxcart in a Blue Suit 56
Color Section Blackbirds in Color: Only Silver and Black 65
Chapter 6 Postscript: An Enviable Record 98
Appendix A Final Dispositions: Serial Numbers and Locations 100
Appendix B Acronyms: Deciphering the Alphabet Soup 102
Appendix C Significant Dates: Key Events in the History of the Lockheed Blackbird 103
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