Lockheed A-12 Blackbird
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
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
Location. 40° 45.864′ N, 73° 59.988′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Memorial is at the intersection of 12 Avenue (Pier 86) and 46th Street on 12 Avenue (Pier 86). The marker is on the deck of the USS Intrepid. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Harold Ross (approx. half a mile away); Nero Wolfe (approx. 0.7 miles away); Samuel J. Friedman (approx. ¾ mile away); Stage Door Canteen (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
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