SR-71 Blackbird Pilot, Bob Gilliland with Major Richardson, 1964

4 responses

  1. Simon

    Amazing picture. It’s the first I’ve seen of the SR-71 with the old C-2 type seats before being replaced with the SR-1’s in 68. Were did it come from? Any more to follow?

    April 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    • Hi Simon,
      I’m sorry this shot comes from a NASA forum, I’ve no idea of its origin, wish I did, hopefully more will surface in the future.

      All the best

      April 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      • Simon

        Hi Stu,

        It’s okay Buddy I’m still stunned this picture is amazing, I know Pima has one of the SR-71A C-2 seats on show but this is the first photo of one in a Blackbird theres lots of referances but nil pictures the A-12’s retain there C-2 but there differnet to the Blackbird variants. Here’s a link to my research pictures on the C-2’s.

        Kind regards,


        April 8, 2012 at 6:54 pm

  2. Harry Taggart

    prototype. first flew 22 Dec 1964. lost 10 Jan 1967.
    ****Aerofax claims lost on 11 April 1969 following take-off
    Crickmore – Lockheed pilot Art Peterson was conducting anti-skid
    brake trials. At 200 knots the braking ‘chute failed to
    deploy properly. After leaving the wet test area and finding
    dry surface, the brakes locked and all six main tires blew.
    The magnesium wheel hubs caught fire which spread to the rest
    of the aircraft. Peterson was injured but escaped the aircraft.
    ‘950 was destroyed in the fire.

    April 2, 2016 at 7:41 am

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