To Keep The Peace They Flew Alone...Unarmed
"Reconnaissance in a Class of One"
Having served in the United States Air Force for 20 years, I have marveled at the supreme flying machine called the SR-71...
I served for five years in the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (SAC) at Beale Air Force Base in Marysville, California. My job was to maintain, inspect, launch and recover the SR-71 Blackbird. From the moment I found out I was to be assigned to the secret Blackbird, to the day I left the organization, it was a love affair to last a lifetime. Each and every launch was a sight to behold. The awesome fact that I was about to launch the worlds fastest air-breathing and highest flying aircraft in the world redefined, to me, the meaning of responsibility. Hello, and welcome to the SR-71 web page. My name is Leland Haynes and I am a retired USAF Master Sergeant. I served on the Blackbird from 1969 to 1974. Just as my tenure with the the 9th SRW was about to end, I was informed we were to make a New York to London speed record attempt. My aircraft (#61-7972) was selected for the speed run based on reliability records of the plane. In August of 1974, I arrived at Farnborough England to receive the aircraft as it landed. My assistant Crew Chief was to launch the plane out from Beale AFB in California.....
Alma Mater and Recollections From the Past: SR-71 personal recollections of those that helped make it fly. If Qualified, Join the Blackbird Association here. The Alma Mater page is back on line!
The Speed Run: SR-71 Aircraft #972 sets the Transatlantic World Speed Record-New York to London in Less than Two Hours.
View 45 SR-71 Photos: Taken at Farnborough Air Show in 1974.
Questions and Thoughts on my experience with the Blackbird: How fast does it fly; How high does it fly; How hot does it get; How good are the cameras; What does Habu mean?
SR-71 News and Events: The latest info on the Blackbird. Past Archive Records of the demise of the Blackbirds in the halls of the Congress and the Pentagon.
USAF SR-71's Retired; Beale Air-Fest 1997: USAF SR-71's Retired. Clinton kills the Blackbirds by a Veto of Funding. Recap of the SR-71 flyover and static display at Beale AFB Air Fest '97.
SR-71 Movies on DVD Order "SR-71 Master DVD" with seven movies or the "SR-71 Blackbird Retirement Ceremony" at Beale AFB in 1990. Go directly to the URL: http://www.sr71.com/PayPal_Order.htm
Mach 3+ Links: 64 Links to the best the Internet has to offer on the SR-71. Specification; History; Records set; Aircraft lost; NASA Photo Server; Lockheed Martin Skunk Works; Crewmembers; YF12A; D21 Drone; Photo Archives and Memorabilia.
Blackbird Reunion-2005: Presentation and Awards
SR-71 Blackbirds Web Site Index: A brief description of each page on this site and a link to each of the 162 Pages.
An American Patriot Speaks Out: Brian Shul's 2002 Veterans Day speech at March ARB, Ca.
SR-71 Blackbird Screensaver: Now you can download a great Blackbird Screensaver that contains 170 images. There is a Free Trial and a Full version available. Go here for details or to download: http://www.sr71.com/Screensaver.htm You can special order the Image Blackbird Screensaver or the SR-71 Video Screensaver on CD-ROM using PayPal Secure ordering (All Major Credit Cards) at this URL: http://www.sr71.com/PayPal_Order.htm
"Sled Driver: The Limited Edition": Check out Brian Shul's new book. Order and reserve your copy One of 3500 limited editions.
New Art Print by John Shaw Released by the Blackbird Association: Artwork by John Shaw titled "Outrun the Thunder" contains over 30 Crewmember signatures. Details and order information is available at the underlined link.
Own a Piece of Titanium From a Blackbird: Dan Freeman, a Retired Air Force Machine Shop Chief is offering unique Titanium articles for sale at this web site. You can custom order to fit your needs. All Titanium that was stored at Barstow (2,151,760 lbs total of all materials) has been shredded and recycled. A must see Web Site!
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