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Lockheed SR-71B Blackbird Diecast Model
NASA, #61-7956/#831, Edwards AFB, CA, 1999
Limited Edition 1000 Pieces Worldwide
**Note this model is not eligible for free shipping
1:72 Scale Length 17.75" Width 9.25"
Lockheed SR-71B Blackbird
A total of 32 SR-71s were produced, consisting of 29 SR-71As, 2 SR-71Bs and 1 SR-71C. The 'B' variant differed from the 'A' by having a raised rear cockpit for the Instructor pilot. The aerodynamic effects of the raised cockpit at the front of such a long neck required additional ventral fins under the aircraft to maintain yaw control. Aircraft #61-7956 was first flown on November 18th, 1965. The second SR-71B, #61-7957, was lost in a landing accident in 1968. #61-7956 remained the cornerstone of the intensive 10 month/100 hour SR-71 flight-training program until 1990. In 1991, the aircraft was transferred to NASA for research flights before finally being retired in 1997. This aircraft is currently on display at the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum in Kalamazoo, Michigan.