SR-71 BLACKBIRD # 64 - 17959 Big Tail

by Igor January. 04, 2011 10172 views

SR-71A #61-7959, also known as “Big Tail,” is on display at the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB, FL. The aircraft came off the assembly line like any other SR-71A when it was rolled out on 16 August 1965, but was chosen as the platform for a new set of sensor equipment to be carried in a nine-foot extension from the rear of the aircraft in 1975. The tests demonstrated that there was little performance loss, but that the new sensor equipment proved little advantage. The program to retrofit the new “big tail” to the remaining SR-71s was cut and the aircraft last flew on 29 October 1976.

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Jan Eljapa 8 years, 5 months ago

Wow, never seen in it real.. thanks for showing this great set! great quality btw..

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David Cardona 8 years, 5 months ago

Stunning photo report! Thanks for sharing!

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