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Lockheed A-12 Blackbird

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

 
 
Lockheed A-12 Blackbird Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 29, 2008
1. Lockheed A-12 Blackbird Marker
Inscription. Initially flown in 1962, Blackbird performed sensitive reconnaissance missions while flying at speeds over Mach 3. The aircraft was the creation of Lockheed’s famous “Skunk Works” division, headed by Clarence “Kelly” Johnson. Single-seat Blackbirds flew at altitudes up to 100,000 feet (30.480 meters). Its top recorded speed was 2,269 mph (3,651 kph). Fewer than 50 were built. The early A-12s were used by CIA surveillance missions for the Air Force and NASA.

This A-12 was the first production unit. It served as a radar-test example early in 1962 at the secret base Area 51. A special radar signature-lowering paint covered its mostly titanium airframe, which incorporated carbon fiber composites. Two massive Pratt and Whitney J-58 turbo-ramjets each with 32,000 pounds of trust were used only in the Blackbird. The adjacent starter cart uses two Buick 401 cubic-inch Wildcat powerplants of 350 horsepower each, engines akin to the V-8 engines of American “muscle cars” of the era.

This aircraft and its starter cart are on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Did you know that the A-12 Blackbird was equipped with high-power cameras whose photos, taken from 80,000 feet, revealed such details as cars, roads, and individual trees?
 
Location.

Lockheed A-12 Blackbird image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 29, 2008
2. Lockheed A-12 Blackbird
40° 45.864′ N, 73° 59.988′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of 12 Avenue (Pier 86) and 46th Street on 12 Avenue (Pier 86). Click for map. The marker is on the deck of the USS Intrepid. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10036, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grumman F11F (F-11) Tiger (a few steps from this marker); Grumman F-14 Tomcat (a few steps from this marker); Walton Hauling & Warehouse Corporation (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joe Horvath (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stage Door Canteen (approx. 0.8 miles away); Charles Mary Kubricht (b. 1946) (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Father Duffy Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Nikola Tesla (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New York.
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum-entrance sign image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 29, 2008
3. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum-entrance sign
USS Intrepid-Looking up from the dock image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 29, 2008
4. USS Intrepid-Looking up from the dock
USS Intrepid-on the deck image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 29, 2008
5. USS Intrepid-on the deck
USS Intrepid-World War II Score Card image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 29, 2008
6. USS Intrepid-World War II Score Card
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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