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SR-71A Blackbird 1/72 Die Cast Model
"Rapid Rabbit," 9th SRW, Kadena Air Base, 1972

In service from 1964 to 1998, the SR-71 Blackbird - or Habu (snake) - is still the fastest and highest-flying jet aircraft of all time. the SR-71A "Rapid Rabbit," which wore the famous Playboy Bunny emblem on its rudders, this limited edition, 1/72 scale, die cast Century Wings model of the advanced, long-range, Mach 3 strategic reconnaissance aircraft is a real beauty!
Premium features include engraved panel lines, detailed cockpits with opening canopies and crew figures, realistic shock cones protruding from the engine nacelles and detailed afterburners, optional-position landing gear, the authentic 1972 markings of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing stationed at Kadena Air Base (Okinawa), and more. Measures 17" long with a 9" wingspan and includes a display stand.
SR-71 Blackbird 1/200 Die Cast Model

The first aircraft to be built with advanced stealth technology, the 2,000+ mph SR-71 reconnaissance plane is, though now retired, still one of the most advanced aircraft in the world. This 1/200 scale, die cast model features engraved surface details, clear plastic cockpit windows, authentic USAF markings, and more. Measures 6" long and includes a display stand. 
SR-71A Blackbird Desktop Display Model

Meticulously hand carved and painted by expert craftsmen, this premium quality, 1/103 scale, mahogany model of the SR-71 Blackbird - which, capable of Mach 3 at an altitude of more than 85,000 feet, was the world's fastest and highest flying reconnaissance aircraft, - includes a metal history plate mounted on its elegant wood display base. 12" long.
Set of Three "Skunk Works" Die Cast Models

SR-71 Blackbird 1/200 Die Cast Model
The first aircraft to be built with advanced stealth technology, the 2,000+ mph SR-71 reconnaissance plane is, though now retired, still one of the most advanced aircraft in the world. This 1/200 scale, die cast model features engraved surface details, clear plastic cockpit windows, authentic USAF markings, and more. Measures 6" long and includes a display stand.
F-117 Nighthawk 1/150 Die Cast Model
Virtually invisible to enemy radar, the U.S. Air Force F-117 Nighthawk is a highly visible symbol of American air power. This 1/150 scale die cast model of the F-117 features fine surface details, glazed cockpit windows, authentic markings, a display stand and more. 3" wingspan.
F-22 Lightning II 1/145 Die Cast Model
This 1/145 scale die cast model of aYF-22 "Lightning II" - the developmental aircraft that led to the F-22 stealth fighter - features a clear plastic canopy, authentic markings, a display stand and more. 5" long.
SR-71 Blackbird Wood Sculpture

This beautifully handcrafted, 1/72 scale, mahogany sculpture of the SR-71 Blackbird - the U.S.' now-retired Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft - has a clear lacquer natural finish and arrives ready to display on the included wood display base. 17" long.
SR-71 Eggplane Kit

Based on an SR-71 Blackbird, the retired reconnaissance airplane that still holds world speed and altitude records, this eggciting, "Grade A Jumbo" scale, plastic kit features decals based on an actual U.S. Air Force aircraft. 3" long; approximately 20 parts, assembly required.
SR-71A Blackbird 1/72 Kit

Plastic Model Kit

This unique airplane flew at 2,000 mph at altitudes that are still classified, gathering  strategic reconnaissance information for the U.S. military for over 25 years. Plastic  model kit can be built as drone carrier, drone included. Skill level 2.  

SR-71A Blackbird 1/72 Die Cast Model
"61-7960," 9th SRW, Kadena AB, 1977

SR-71A Blackbird 1/72 Die Cast Model
"61-7976," 9th SRW, Kadena AB, 1977
SR-71A Blackbird 1/400 Die Cast Model
SR-71A Blackbird 1/400 Die Cast Model
"Rosemary's Baby-San"

Operating at high altitude and cruising at speeds of Mach 3.2, the SR-71 Blackbird long-range strategic reconnaissance aircraft could simply outrun surface-to-air missiles! This newly tooled, 1/400 scale, die cast model of "Rosemary's Baby-San" - an SR-71A that holds the distinction of being the last Blackbird to fly - features finely textured surfaces, simulated cockpit windows, realistic air inlet cones and exhaust nozzles, optional-position landing gear, and authentic markings, including "Rosemary's Baby-San" devil tail art. Measures approximately 3" long with a 1" wingspan and includes a stylish display stand.
SR71 Blackbird 1/48 Kit

Plastic Model Kit

Developed by Lockheed's "Skunk Works" to replace the U-2 high altitude spy plane, the SR-71 still holds many world speed records.
This 1/48 scale, plastic kit features detailed cockpits with a choice of canopies (to build the SR-71A or the SR-71B "humpback" trainer variant), realistic shock cones protruding from the engine nacelles, intricate landing gear, and a choice of markings. 27" long; 80 parts, assembly required..  

SR-71A Blackbird 1/72 Model

Pre Built Molded Resin Model

Made of durable molded resin, this 1/72 scale model measures 18" in length and has a  wingspan of 9 ¼". Hand painted and detailed, model comes ready to display on the  included mahogany base.  

Age of Flight - DVD

The era of experimental supersonic aircraft - or "X-planes" - made heroes out of the test pilots who risked their lives to conduct all-important live research. Featuring rare archival footage, this program examines the evolution of X-planes, showing you Nazi Germany's Me 163, the Bell X-1 and Chuck Yeager's attempt to break the sounder barrier in 1947, the Douglas D-558, the Bell X-5, the Mach 7 X-15A2, and many others. Color and B&W, 1 hour.  

In the Cockpit - DVD

Showing you all aspects of modern air combat, this 6-DVD collection includes all six titles - Fly Low, Hit Hard; Target Tank; Eagles in the Sky; Red Star; Flat Tops; and Spies in the Sky - from the In the Cockpit series! You'll view thrilling footage of the A-4 Skyhawk, the F-4 Phantom, the A-7 Corsair II, the Huey Cobra, the F-15 Eagle, the Soviet MiG-29 Fulcrum, the F-14 Tomcat, the SR-71 Blackbird, and many others. 6 hours.

SR-71 Aircraft Art

  Habu 972 at Mach 3.0

Philip West. 

Richard Guaham and RSO Don Emmons cruising their SR-71 - Habu 972 - in after-burner, gathering intelligence over the Soviet nuclear facility at Kamchatka, December 15, 1976. Limited edition of 500 signed and numbered by the artist. 27"x 17¼" print. 

  Way Ahead of Its Time

Stan Stokes. 

The SR-71 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft flew so fast that the aircraft was actually a foot longer when operating at speed than it was on the ground. The Blackbird pictured here is over the San Francisco Bay area at very high altitude - note the curvature of the earth. 16"x 11½" signed and numbered limited edition print.  


  This story is told from the view of a pilot flying the SR-71.............nothing political here that I could read into it so I am sharing it with everyone.  Fascinating story.
  SR-71 Blackbird
  In April 1986, following an attack on American soldiers in a Berlin disco, President Reagan  ordered the bombing of Muammar Qaddafi's terrorist camps in Libya ..

  My duty was to fly over Libya , and take photographs recording the damage our F-111's had inflicted.   Qaddafi had established a 'line of death,' a territorial marking across the Gulf of Sidra ,  swearing to shoot down any intruder, that crossed the boundary.
  On the morning of April 15, I rocketed past the line at 2,125 mph.  I was piloting the SR-71 spy plane, the world's fastest jet, accompanied
by a Marine Major (Walt),   the aircraft's reconnaissance systems officer (RSO).
  We had crossed into Libya , and were approaching our final turn over the bleak desert landscape, when Walt informed me, that he was receiving
missile launch signals..  I quickly increased our speed, calculating the time it would take for the weapons, most likely AS-2 and AS-4 surface-to-air missiles, capable of Mach 5 - to reach our altitude.   I estimated, that we could beat the rocket-powered missiles to the turn, and stayed our course, betting our lives on the plane's performance.
  After several agonizingly long seconds, we made the turn and blasted toward the Mediterranean ...  'You might want to pull it back,' Walt suggested. It was then that I noticed I still had the throttles full forward. The plane was flying a mile every 1.6 seconds, well above our Mach 3.2 limit. It was the fastest we would ever fly. I pulled the throttles to idle, just south of Sicily , but we still overran the refueling tanker, awaiting us over Gibraltar .....
  Scores of significant aircraft have been produced, in the 100 years of flight, following the achievements of the Wright brothers, which we celebrate in December.

  Aircraft such as the Boeing 707, the F-86 Sabre Jet, and the P-51 Mustang, are among the important machines, that have flown our skies.  But the SR-71, also known as the Blackbird, stands alone as a significant contributor to Cold War victory, and as the fastest plane ever, and only 93 Air Force pilots, ever steered the 'sled,' as we called our aircraft.
  The SR-71, was the brainchild of Kelly Johnson, the famed Lockheed designer, who created the   P-38, the F-104 Starfighter, and the U-2.   After the Soviets shot down Gary Powers U-2 in 1960, Johnson began to develop an aircraft, that would fly three miles higher, and five times faster, than the spy plane, and still be capable of photographing your license plate.
  However, flying at 2,000 mph would create intense heat on the aircraft's skin.   Lockheed engineers used a titanium alloy, to construct more than 90 percent of the SR-71, creating special tools, and manufacturing procedures to hand-build each of the (40 planes.. (WoW ! ! ! 40 planes???? I thought only 7.) Special heat-resistant fuel, oil, and hydraulic fluids, that would function at 85,000 feet, and higher, also had to be developed.  In 1962, the first Blackbird successfully flew, and in 1966, the same year I graduated from high school, the Air Force began flying operational SR-71 missions.
  I came to the program in 1983, with a sterling record and a recommendation from my commander,   completing the week long interview, and meeting Walt, my partner for the next four years.   He would ride four feet behind me, working all the cameras, radios, and electronic jamming equipment. I joked, that if we were ever captured, he was the spy, and I was just the driver.   He told me to keep the pointy end forward.
  We trained for a year, flying out of Beale AFB in California , Kadena Airbase in Okinawa , and RAF   Mildenhall in England ...   On a typical training mission, we would take off near Sacramento , refuel over Nevada , accelerate into Montana, obtain a high Mach speed over Colorado , turn right over New Mexico, speed across the Los Angeles Basin, run up the West Coast, turn right at Seattle , then return to Beale.  Total flight time:- Two Hours and Forty  Minutes.   

One day, high above Arizona , we were monitoring the radio traffic, of all the mortal airplanes below us. First, a Cessna pilot asked the  air traffic controllers to check his ground speed. 'Ninety knots,' ATC  replied. A Bonanza soon made the same request. 'One-twenty on the ground,' was  the reply.   To our surprise, a navy F-18 came over the radio,  with a ground speed check..  I knew exactly what he was  doing.  Of course, he had a ground speed indicator in his  cockpit, but he wanted to let all the bug-smashers in the valley, know what  real speed was, 'Dusty 52, we show you at 620 on the ground,' ATC  responded. The situation was too ripe.   I heard the click  of Walt's mike button in the rear seat. In his most innocent voice, Walt  startled the controller by asking for a ground speed check from 81,000 feet,  clearly above controlled airspace.  In a cool, professional voice, the  controller replied, ' Aspen 20, I show you at 1,982 knots on the ground. We  did not hear another transmission on that frequency, all the way to the  coast.

The Blackbird always showed us something new, each  aircraft possessing its own unique personality. In time, we realized we were  flying a national treasure.   When we taxied out of our revetments  for take-off, people took notice.   Traffic congregated near the  airfield fences, because everyone wanted to see, and hear the mighty SR-71.  You could not be a part of this program, and not come to love the  airplane.    Slowly, she revealed her secrets to us, as we earned  her trust..
One moonless night, while flying a routine training mission  over the Pacific, I wondered what the sky  would look like from 84,000 feet,  if the cockpit lighting were dark. While heading home on a straight course, I  slowly turned down all of the lighting, reducing the glare and revealing the  night sky.  Within seconds, I turned the lights back up, fearful that  the jet would know, and somehow punish me. But my desire to see the sky,  overruled my caution, I dimmed the lighting again.   To my  amazement, I saw a bright light outside my window.  As my eyes  adjusted to the view, I realized that the brilliance was the broad expanse of  the Milky Way, now a gleaming stripe across the sky. Where dark spaces in the  sky,  had usually existed, there were now dense clusters, of sparkling stars.  Shooting Stars, flashed across the canvas every few seconds. It was like a  fireworks display with no sound.

I knew I had to get my eyes back on  the instruments, and reluctantly, I brought my attention back inside. To my  surprise, with the cockpit lighting still off, I could see every gauge, lit by  starlight.  In the plane's mirrors, I could see the eerie shine of my gold spacesuit, incandescently illuminated, in a celestial glow. I stole one last  glance out the window. Despite our speed, we seemed still before the heavens,  humbled in the radiance of a much greater power.

For those few  moments, I felt a part of something far more significant, than anything we  were doing in the plane. The sharp sound of Walt's voice on the radio, brought  me back to the tasks at hand, as I prepared for our descent.
San Diego Aerospace Museum  The SR-71 was an  expensive aircraft to operate. The most significant cost was tanker  support, and in 1990, confronted with budget cutbacks, the Air Force  retired the SR-71. The SR-71 served six presidents, protecting America for a  quarter of a century.  Unbeknown to most of the country, the  plane flew over North Vietnam , Red China , North Korea , the  Middle East ,  South Africa , Cuba , Nicaragua , Iran , Libya , and the Falkland Islands  ... On a weekly basis, the SR-71, kept watch over every Soviet Nuclear  Submarine, Mobile Missile Site, and all of their troop movements. It was a  key factor in winning the Cold War.
I am proud to say, I flew about 500  hours in this aircraft. I  knew her well. She gave way to no plane, proudly  dragging her Sonic Boom
through enemy backyards, with great impunity. She  defeated every missile, outran every MiG, and always brought us  home. In the first 100 years of manned flight, no aircraft was  more remarkable. The Blackbird had outrun nearly 4,000  missiles, not once taking a scratch from enemy fire.

       On her final  flight, the Blackbird, destined for the Smithsonian National Air and Space  Museum , sped from Los Angeles to Washington in 64 Minutes,  averaging 2,145 mph, and setting four speed records.


Above and Beyond
Michael Short. 

In April, 1962, the world of aviation was changed forever. The world's fastest and highest flying air-breathing aircraft was setting new standards of  performance. With extensive use of new materials, the new SR-71/A-12 was the first  of its kind to cruise continuously in afterburner at Mach 3+ and above 85,000 ft. 



"Yea, tho I walk through the Valley of the
Shadow of Death I will fear no evil - for I am at 81,000 feet and climbing".

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