LOCKHEED SR-71 BLACKBIRD

SR-71 SERVICE

Manufacturer: The Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Burbank, California, USA
(Designed by Lockheed "Skunk" Works)
Model: A-12
Designations: SR-71; B-12, B-71, F-12, M-21, RS-12, RS-71
Name: Blackbird (unofficial)
First official flight: (A-12) 26/04/1962
(SR-71A) 22/12/1964
Factory production period: 1960 - 1967
Primary service period: 1966 - 1990
1995 - 1998 (temporary reactivation)
Last official flight: (SR-71A) 22/11/1989 (last USAF flight)
(SR-71A) 09/10/1999 (last NASA flight)

SR-71 VARIANTS

1962  Model A-12 A-12

15

 
1963 Model A-12 YF-12A

3

Total: 18

         
1964 Model A-12 SR-71A

29

 
1965 Model A-12 SR-71B

2

 
1969 Model A-12 SR-71C

1

Total: 32

Grand Total: 50

SR-71 PRODUCTION

A-12
High-altitude reconn./surveillance aircraft, 12 as single
seaters, 1 (60-6927), trainer with dual cockpit and last
2 as 2-seaters for launching the D-21 Drone.
Produced 1960 - 1964

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

60-6924 / 60-6933 121 / 130  
60-6937 / 60-6941 131 / 135

Total: 15

7 additional 2-seater airframes cancelled.

YF-12A
As A-12, high-altitude 2-seater interceptor version,
three ventral fins, all to NASA for tests.

Produced 1963
Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

60-6934 / 60-6936 1001 / 1003

Total: 03

YF-12B - Proposed production version of YF-12A, 15 cancelled.

SR-71A
As A-12, high-altitude 2-seater reconn./surveillance aircraft.
Larger fuselage, more fuel, ventral fins deleted. Original
designations were RS-12, B-12, B-71, then RS-71.
S/n sometimes incorrectly presented as 64-17950 / 64-17955
and 64-17958 / 64-17980.
Produced 1964 - 1967

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

61-7950 / 61-7955 2001 / 2006  
61-7958 / 61-7980 2009 / 2031

Total: 29

4 additional airframes cancelled.

SR-71B
As SR-71A, trainer version with a dual raised cockpit,
two ventral fins. S/n sometimes incorrectly presented
as 64-17956, 64-17957.
Produced 1965

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

61-7956, 61-7957 2007, 2008 

Total: 02

SR-71C
As SR-71B, built from parts of damaged YF-12A(60-6934)
and parts from a static test YF-12A aircraft.
S/n sometimes incorrectly presented as 64-17981.
Produced 1969

Lockheed Burbank, California (LO)

61-7981 2000

Total: 01

 

Grand Total: 50

SR-71 CONVERSIONS

USAF

YF-12C

SR-71A(61-7951), 1971-1978, conversion for NASA tests.
Re-serialled as 60-6937 - from a stored A-12.
M-21

2 

A-12 (60-6940, 60-6941), 1964, factory conversions as carriers for the
GTD-21B Drone, 2-seater tandem cockpit.

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