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Lockheed
SR-71A Blackbird (Habu)

Aerial Reconnaissance Aircraft

9th Strategic Recon Wing1st Strategic Recon Squadron
Aircraft serial #64-17979
9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing
1st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron
United States Air Force
stationed at Beale AFB, California
October 1973.

"Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death,
I Shall Fear No Evil.
For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing."


Academy Minicraft

This model added to kgwings.com on August 02, 1998
Academy 1:72 SR-71A Blackbird
This kit represents the aircraft that flew the first three of nine sorties from the eastern seaboard of the USA to the Middle East during the 1973 Yom Kippur War piloted by Lieutenant Colonel Jim Shelton and Major Gary Coleman.
Academy 1:72 SR-71A Blackbird
It is now retired and on display at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas.
Academy 1:72 SR-71A Blackbird
Renowned as the world's fastest air-breathing aircraft, the Lockheed Blackbird family has provided priceless strategic intelligence and imagery for the U.S. throughout out a 25-year career.


The Habu holds dozens of speed and height records. The last SR-71 speed records were set on 6 March 1990 while delivering 64-17972 to it's retirement place at the National Air and Space Museum's Dulles facility. Two of those records set are:
Coast to Coast: (2,086 miles/3357km). Time 1 hour 07 minutes 53.69 seconds, average speed 2,124.5 mph (3418.9 km/h)
Los Angeles to Washington, DC: (1,998 miles/3215 km). Time 1 hr 04 minutes 19.89 seconds, average speed 2,144.83 mph (3451.67 km/h)



Academy 1:72 SR-71A Blackbird
While operating out of Kadena - Okinawa, the SR-71 received its nickname "Habu". The Habu is a poisonous pit viper found on the Ryuku islands. Although never acknowledged officially, the name Habu has stuck with most pilots and crew ever since managed hosting became popular.
Academy 1:72 SR-71A Blackbird
The Habu carried extremely advanced optics and sensors including the Optical Bar Camera or Split-Scan Panoramic. The USAF claims that the SR-71 photographs 100,000 sq. miles (258,980km. squared) of territory per hour.
Academy 1:72 SR-71A Blackbird
The Superscale decals are much sharper and cleaner than those provide with the kit.
Academy 1:72 SR-71A Blackbird
The twin Pratt & Whitney J58 engines are actually 80 per cent scaled down versions of the JT-9 developed for the XB-70.
Academy 1:72 SR-71A Blackbird
Here is a shot of my "Habu" with the Dallas skyline in the background. Take a look at this Radar Cross Section and decide for yourself if the F-117 was truly the first stealthy aircraft.

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Academy Minicraft 1627 Lockheed SR-71A Black Bird
Minicraft
Kit: Minicraft  #1627 
1/72 Scale
Scale: 1/72
Decals: The Acadamy decals were not printed well so I used SuperScale Sheet # 72-465.
After Market Parts: None
Customizations: I reshaped the kits seats and created harnesses and buckles out of masking tape and wire. Added the second taxiing/landing light and steering actuator to the nosewheel strut. I made brakelines out of wire and attached them to the struts to "spice" them up a little. I drilled out a hole aft of the cockpit for the Nortronics astro-tracker and filled it with clear epoxy.
Cost: I paid $23.00 for this kit at MJDesigns - a fair quality-to-cost ratio I'd say.
Comments: This is a great Acadamy/Minicraft kit with crisp recessed panel lines. The fit was excellent with almost no filler needed at all. The fuselage was mainly just two pieces - top and bottom - the seam meets underneath and away from the leading edge keeping the topside seamless. The landing struts are slightly simplified but accurate enough. The gear bays are very simplified but the doors are quite nice. I weighted the nose just in case. The glass in this kit was excellent - thin, clear and crisp. The instrument panels are just decals on a flat surface so I spiced them up with some extra raised gauges and stuff. My front cabin (Pilot) had a bit of a gap behind the seat that I made some parts to fill it in with. The seats weren't very good representations of the F-1 ejection seats (derived from the C-2 used in early F-104s) but with a little carving and some added detail they'll pass.
Reference: Wings of Fame - Volume 8

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