Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird – Lightning Bolt, 9th SRW Det.1, USAF, Kadena AFB 1977
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Century Wings 1/72 scale 001630: Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird #61-7967 Lightning Bolt of 9th SRW Det.1 USAF, Kadena AFB, Japan, 1977. Limited Edition of 700 Pieces.
Length 17.75 inches Wingspan 9.25 inches
Aircraft #61-7967 rolled off the assembly line on April 18th, 1966 and first flew on August 3rd, 1966. In March, 1968, it was the third blackbird to transfer to the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing’s Detachment #1, based at Kadena AFB on the island of Okinawa, Japan. It received tail-art in the form of a yellow lightning bolt across a large red number 1, for Detachment 1. After nearly 32 years of service, #967 was one of the last SR-71s to be retired in 1998, having logged a total of 2,765.5 flight hours. It is currently on display at the 8th Air Force Museum at Barksdale AFB, Louisianna.
Designed as a long-range, strategic reconnaissance aircraft, The Lockheed SR-71 first flew on December 22, 1964. Nicknamed “The Blackbird,” this highly-advanced aircraft was believed by many to be ahead of its time. It was capable of mach 3 and still holds the record for the fastest “air breathing manned aircraft” in the world. Its speed and ability to operate at high altitudes served as a defensive feature; when attacked by surface-to-air missiles, the pilot needed only to accelerate to avoid being struck. Only 32 SR-71’s were operated during its 34-year service history, and though 12 were destroyed in accidents none were lost to enemy attack.