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PostSubject: Century Wings 1/72 SR-71A 9th SRW 61-7974 ICHIBAN 1968 KADENA AB   Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:11 pm

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Unofficially, the SR-71 carried many nicknames, including the "Habu," "SR," "Lady in Black," and "Sled;"
but most of us know the SR-71 as the "Blackbird." The SR-71 was developed as a long-range strategic reconnaissance aircraft capable of flying
at speeds over Mach 3.2 and at 85,000 feet. The first SR-71 to enter service was delivered in 1966 and due to politics, it was retired in 1990. However,
the USAF still kept a few SR-71s in operation up until 1998, after a few were brought back to service in 1995. NASA's DFRC at Edwards AFB, CA flew the
SR-71 from 1991 until its final flight in October 1999

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This aircraft was lost on 21 April 1989 over the South China Sea and is the last loss of any Blackbird. Pilot Maj. Daniel E. House said the left
engine blew up and shrapnel from it hit the right-side hydraulic lines, causing a loss of flight controls. House and RSO Capt. Blair L. Bozek
ejected and came down safely in the ocean. They had been able to broadcast their position before abandoning the Blackbird, and rescue
forces were immediately on the way. However, the crew was rescued by native fisherman.





even though it has been taken out of service it is still the fastest & most advanced plane we have built, or have we ?

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PostSubject: Re: Century Wings 1/72 SR-71A 9th SRW 61-7974 ICHIBAN 1968 KADENA AB   Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:51 am

As I replied on a certain other forum, that is one quality model. However, I am not starting another collection ! affraid Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Century Wings 1/72 SR-71A 9th SRW 61-7974 ICHIBAN 1968 KADENA AB   Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:12 am

there isn't many left & there are only 3000 of them which is quite a lot i agree & people didn't think they would be able sell them all at the price, but how wrong they were !

they are going to make a version of the training version & i may be tempted by that one also, also i would get a NASA version if they released one & also a Playboy one Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Century Wings 1/72 SR-71A 9th SRW 61-7974 ICHIBAN 1968 KADENA AB   Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:25 am

got this today Smile

Century Wings 1/72 SR71B NASA 831 Blackbird 1999

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SR-71B #61-7956/NASA 831 is on display at the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum in Kalamazoo, MI. It was delivered on 28 March 2003 and went on display on 23 April 2003. Please take a look at the 65 images of this aircraft being unloaded at its new home in Kalamazoo, MI and 55 photos from its first day of display. It is the only remaining SR-71B in the world. This aircraft is characterized by its raised rear-cockpit for the Instructor Pilot (IP) and by the two fins that are found under each engine nacelle.

Assembly of #956 started on 18 June 1964 and its roll out was on 20 May 1965. The first flight of the aircraft was on 18 November 1965. #956 is only one of two production B model SR-71s. The other, #61-7957, crashed on approach to Beale AFB on 11 January 1968. Since half of the SR-71 trainer fleet was lost on that day, a trainer replacement aircraft was built. Designated as the SR-71C, it was built from the aft fuselage of YF-12A #60-6934 and a static model from Lockheed. This aircraft never lived up to the usability of the SR-71B as it had irregular maintenance procedures and its aftermarket construction caused the aircraft to fly in a constant yaw. Consequently, the SR-71C was used on a limited basis from 1969-1976.

SR-71B #956 served under the USAF until the program was initially cancelled in 1990. It was operated by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, CA from 1991-1997 and was used jointly by NASA and Detachment 2 at Edwards AFB when the USAF program was reactivated in 1995. This SR-71 has more flight hours than any other serial of its type, 3,967.5 hrs. The last flight of this aircraft was on 19 October 1997 at the Edwards AFB Open House. It is believed that SR-71B #61-7956 has also been photographed more times than any other Blackbird.






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PostSubject: Re: Century Wings 1/72 SR-71A 9th SRW 61-7974 ICHIBAN 1968 KADENA AB   Sun Jul 04, 2010 4:47 am

I have no interest in air transport or any sort but that the model looks to be of high quality.

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PostSubject: Re: Century Wings 1/72 SR-71A 9th SRW 61-7974 ICHIBAN 1968 KADENA AB   Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:38 am

yeah, the most detailed you can get of the SR71, i only have these two models of planes, i was going to get the Playboy Bunny version but its the same as the ICHIBAN one & its very expensive as its a japan only release & as this has the upper flight deck being the 'B' version it was the one to go for, not cheap though 135 affraid but worth it as there is only one SR71-B as the other crashed Sad wouldn't mind the SR71-C though especially if it was bent like the real plane Razz
would have been nice if this NASA model has the D-21 drone with it.

such a shame they stopped flying them Crying or Very sad Mad i am lucky enough to have seen one flying at a airshow a few years ago & seen one up close & touched one at Duxford air museum.

i would like to get a B2 or U2 if they made one bounce





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PostSubject: Re: Century Wings 1/72 SR-71A 9th SRW 61-7974 ICHIBAN 1968 KADENA AB   Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:31 pm

Great model of the SR71 you have there - Awesome machine. I'd love one as its one of my all time fav aircraft along with the B1 and AH64

I was also lucky enough to see one fly at Mildenhall Airshow back in the 80s. There were two, one flying and one on static - a photo of which is in my non-motorsport photos in the chatting forum, take a look. Whenever I go to Duxford I have to touch the SR71 and I get all emotional.

I've been after a decent metal AH64 but not come across one yet.
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