Our A-12 Blackbird, 77835/06931 - code name "oxcart 128", was the 8th Blackbird off of Lockheed's production line. It became the fastest and highest flying of any airplane in the world, when it reached and maintained Mach 3.56 at 92,500 feet.
We were awarded our A-12 when the Blackbird project was declassified
and the SR-71's, code name "Senior Crown", were retired. To get
the plane from Palmdale, CA to Minneapolis, MN was a massive job. A team
lead by our acquisition specialist, Jim Goodall, went to Palmdale and creatively
disassembled the one-piece airframe by cutting 54 titanium I-beams and
separating the wings just in-board of the engine nacelles. A C-5 Galaxy
transport courtesy of the New York Air Guard 127th airlifted the Blackbird
to its new nest. That flight set a record for the longest load ever carried
inside of another airplane. The entire fuselage was rolled out on its own
gear and the wings were reattached. Since all of the cutting and reassembly
had been done under removable body panels, there are no visible scars from
The A-12 may be viewed during any of our normal museum hours. Cockpit views are offered on special occasions or by prior arrangement.
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