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Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird Diecast Model
USAF 9th SRW, #61-7958, Beale AFB, CA, 1990
Aircraft #61-7958 rolled off the assembly line on July 22nd, 1965 and was delivered to the US Air Force later that year. In July 1976, as part of the US Bicentennial celebrations, the aircraft took part in Operation "Glowing Speed", an attempt to regain absolute speed and altitude records which then belonged to the Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat. On July 27th, 1976, #958 set a new 1000km Closed Course speed record of 2,092 mph. Then on July 28th, #958 set the world absolute speed record of 2,193 mph. This record still stands as the fastest speed recorded by a manned airbreathing jet. This particular model depicts the aircraft as it appeared in 1990, while stationed at Beale Air Force Base, California. At that time, it featured a unique white habu snake painted on its tail. #958 was retired from service in 1990 and flown to the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia where it is currently on display.
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