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 Blackbird was equipped with high-power cameras whose photos, taken from 80,000 feet, revealed such details as cars, roads, and individual trees?
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
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