Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6167 times:
Several are in Museums. SAC museum has one, USAF museum too.
A&S probably, I think I saw one at Duxford. Intrepid in New York has had an A-12 for a long time.
NASA has 2 or 3, don't know their current status (at least one was used during the X-33 program for engine trials).
Jkarry From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 43 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6151 times:
I was actually in Seattle over the weekend and I went to Boeing Field where they have the museum. They have a complete SR71 that you can walk around with the engine actually on the ground so you can look at it. They also have another SR71 that crashed a while back so they cut the fuselage and they allow you to actually sit inside a real SR71. You should definetely go if you have the chance.
B1C17L1011 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 96 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 6069 times:
The SR-71 is one of my favorite AirCraft. I was actually at Dulles International Airport in 1990 when the last active duty AF one landed there after making a cost to coast speed record. Check this page out, it is great.
TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6053 times:
I guess the USAF to save money retired their SR-71s because the older the aircraft got the more expensive it was to maintain them. Who knows what is going on with development & testing of the so-called Aurora?
Petertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3270 posts, RR: 12 Reply 23, posted (12 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6027 times:
The YF-12 was the interceptor version of the SR-71. Obviously this prgramme was never really succesful. Here is a link to a page with some more info and even some photo's of the YF-12. The difference between the YF-12 and the SR-71 is most notable at the nose section.
And for the fun of it a link to some information about the Aurora. Off course the information of this page cannot always be confirmed however, there is a low quality photo of a plane which should be the Aurora. This photo is defniately real, my mom saw a plane just like it (in Holland).
Just to make one point sure, she may be Dutch, she is not using any drugs or medicines. She is as healthy as can be. So I would like to get some serious replys, and no bullshit.
Soren-a From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 235 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (12 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6020 times:
Well I have heard the reports about the unidentified sonic booms of the coast of California, and I do belive that the USAF have some sort of super sonic/hyper sonic aircraft flying (manned or unmanned). The picture on the fas.org page is a fake, which they also state on the page. There are also the report about the mysterius plane that crash at a RAF airfield in Scotland (can't remember the name right now).
If the plane that Petertenthije's mother saw in Holland were the Aurora or not I can't say. But if she saw it as a civilian how just passed by the airfield I doubt that it was the Aurora (lets face it - if you want a plane kept secrect you don't send it to a contry crawling with spotters). Under what conditions did she see it?? (night/day, on/off the airfield, what year??).
As I said in the beginning I belive that the USAF (or CIA) has a high speed plane they want to keep secret, and I guess we will have to wait until they are god and ready to let the public know about it. In the mean time all we can do is guess and speculate (which is also quite fun).
25 Petertenthije: Sorry Soren, you are completely right about the photo being a hax, I did not read the article completely. The plane flew in broad daylight over the Ea
26 Soren-a: Did the plane hover = "standing still in the air" and then flew of fast?? Or could it have been flying towards her (if it were far enough away it cou
27 Lehpron: First off, the Aurora cannot hover, she has an MTOW of 200,000 lbs. Of course that photo is a hoax; it's very close but that is not what Aurora looks
28 Soren-a: The exsitence of the A-12/SR-71 was know very early on. From http://www.fas.org/irp/program/collect/sr-71.htm: The SR-71 was designed by a team of Lo
29 Petertenthije: Hi soren-a, the plane actually hovered in the sky. It was not flying towards her. The plane did not fly near the coast. It flew more land-inwards. Nea
30 L-188: If the US Air Force was trying to keep the YF-12 a secret they did a really crappy job. My folks ended up with a 1964 Life or Newsweek yearbook. In it
31 Soren-a: Petertenthije: Well beats me what she saw - too bad she didn't have a camera Regards Søren Augustesen
32 Petertenthije: I agree. But even if she had a camera, than she probably would have screwed up the photo!
33 Lehpron: I found this link on janes.com, it's from last year refering to the year before. It's a good read check it out: http://www.janes.com/defence/news/jidr
34 Jwenting: Aurora, the spyplane, does not exist. The project name was a cover for procurement funding or the first batch of B-2 bombers (before the official unve
35 Lehpron: Did you even read the article, Jwenting?
36 KDTWFlyer: Are there any that are flying today by chance?
37 Lurch: HI The SR-71A at duxford was shipped in in containers and re-assembled at the museum and is now the only one in Europe! Which makes it a real rare BLA
38 HaveBlue: I'm fairly certain that there is no more Blackbirds flying. Definitely not military, but uncertain whether NASA is still using theirs that were on loa
39 Broke: The airplane at the Boeing museum is not a SR-71; it is a M-21. The M-21 is basically a two seat A-12 designed to carry the D-21 drone and launch at h
40 JMChladek: NO Blackbirds are currently flying. NASA did have a couple, but they haven't flown since 1997 when the X-33 program was cancelled and have also become
41 MD-90: The Air & Space Museum in Huntsville has an A-12 parked out front. The A-12 could fly slightly higher, slightly faster, and had a better camera than t
42 Smcmac32msn: I've seen 4 of these remaining SR71s in my life... here they are: National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC Wright Patterson AFB Museum, Dayton, OH N
43 MarcoB2: One is stored at the beautiful Air Force Museum in Layton by Salt Lake City. It's there with a B-52 and many other main actors of the wars. An other o