"I change during the course of a day. I wake and I’m one person, and when I go to sleep I know for certain I’m somebody else." -Bob Dylan
I’ve been saying this for years and Dylan agrees.
As you can see, Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale, California is home to not one, but two Blackbird aircraft. In the first photo, you can see SR-71A #17973 on the left, and A-12 #06924 on the right, which I covered in a previous post (click here to view). On the far right side of the photo, you can see D-21B #525, and U-2D 56-6721 is in the background.
On May 24, 1987, SR-71A #17973 was flying in the RAF Mildenhall Air Fete Airshow, when the pilot, flying too slowly, pulled up just as the afterburner ignited, overstressing the airframe. The aircraft landed safely at RAF Mildenhall, where temporary repairs were made. On June 21, she was flown to Palmdale for permanent repairs, but it was decided that the aircraft was essentially totaled. She was retired with a total of 1,729.9 flight hours, then put on display at Blackbird Airpark in September 1991, alongside A-12 #06924, creating probably the most stunning Blackbird museum display.
Morning sun breaking through the clouds. American Airlines B7673ER. #aviation #avgeek #Boeing #americanairlines #boeinglovers #airplane #plane #aircraftmaintenance #aircraft #b767 #newamerican #planecrazy #jfkairport #kjfk #airplanelover #aviones #airways #airliner #airline
My God that tail…