Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird USAF 9th, RW DET-2 #61-7971, Edwards AFB 1:72 CW-001634

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CW-001634
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Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird USAF 9th, RW DET-2 #61-7971,  Edwards AFB 1:72 CW-001634 NEW CENTURY WINGS
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Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird USAF 9th, RW DET-2 #61-7971, Edwards AFB 1:72 CW-001634

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CW-001634
$149.95

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ETA: Pre-Order due Dec
Description
Century Wings 1:72 Wings of Heroes 001634
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird Diecast Model
USAF 9th RW Det.2, #61-7971, Edwards AFB, CA, 1997

Aircraft #61-7971 rolled off the assembly line on August 16th, 1965 and first flew on November 17th, 1966. As with all SR-71s, #971 was assigned to the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing based at Beale AFB, CA. In 1990, the SR-71 program was officially cancelled and the majority of airframes were prepared for a life as static display pieces in museums around the United States. #971 was one of three Blackbirds to be spared however, and was delivered to NASA for high-speed/high-altitude flight testing. The USAF markings we replaced with NASA markings and the aircraft was assigned NASA serial #832.

Fate intervened once more in 1995 when the USAF was tasked with resuming SR-71 operations with the three flightworthy airframes that had been loaned to NASA. #61-7971 was the first SR-71 to be reactivated and the NASA markings were once again replaced with muted USAF markings. The SR-71s were operated by Detachment 2 of the 9th RW out of Edwards AFB but the they were still assigned the red "BB" (Beale Bandits) tailcode with four iron crosses of their home base at Beale. Sadly, the reactivation was short lived and the three remaining SR-71s were permanently retired.

#971 flew for the final time on September 30th 1997 and ended her career with a total of 3512.5 flight hours. This aircraft is currently on display at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, still wearing the Beale Bandits tail markings.

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1:72 Scale Length 17.75" Width 9.25"
Specifications
Product Code: CW-001634
Brand: CENTURY WINGS
ETA: Pre-Order due Dec
Aircraft Type: SR-71A
Aircraft Name: SR-71 Blackbird
Genre: MILITARY
Airline: USAF
Registration: #61-7971
Scale: 1:72 Scale
Length: 17.75"
Width: 9.25"
Country: USA
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