Century Wings CW001623
1/72 Scale Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird Diecast Model s/n 61-7979, “NIGHT HAWK”, 9th SRW, USAF
Diecast Model Dimensions
- Wingspan 23.5 cm 9.25 in Approx.
- Length 45.5 cm 17.90 in Approx.
Diecast Model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components.
- Canopy displayable open or closed.
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted.
- Display stand included.
Century Wings CW001623 – 1/72 Scale SR-71A Blackbird Diecast Model.
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Century Wings CW001623 is a 1/72 scale diecast model of the Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird. In the colour scheme and markings of Blackbird s/n 617979 “NIGHT HAWK” of the 9th SRW, USAF.
9th Reconnaissance Wing USAF.
The 9th Reconnaissance Wing (9 RW) is a unit of the United States Air Force, based at Beale Air Force Base, California. They operate the U-2R Dragon Lady, RQ-4 Global Hawk, and MC-12 Liberty. T-38 Talons are used by U-2 pilots to maintain flight hours. Activated on May 1, 1949, as the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Fairfield-Suisun Air Force Base, California. On June 25, 1966, the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing took responsibility of the SR-71s from the 4200th wing. Their last SR-71 departed on January 10, 1999.
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is an American long-range strategic reconnaissance aircraft based on the Lockheed A-12 built for the CIA. It is capable of Mach 3+ with a service ceiling of approximately 25,900 m (85,000 ft). Development in the 1960s by a team led by Clarence “Kelly” Johnson from the Lockheed’s Skunk Works. The first flight took place on December 22, 1964, and it entered service in January 1966 with the 4200th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. Lockheed built 32 aircraft, 29 SR-71As (main production variant), 2 SR-71Bs (trainer variant), and a single SR-71C (hybrid aircraft). Accidents claimed 12 aircraft with no losses to enemy action.
A delta wing design with twin inward cantered vertical tail fins and chines along the fuselage. Control surfaces consisted of all-moving vertical tail fins and elevons on the wings trailing edges. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney J58 axial-flow turbojets with afterburners. Flight crew consists of pilot and Reconnaissance Systems Officer (RSO) seated in two tandem cockpits. They wear protective pressurised suits.
The SR-71 is built almost entirely of titanium and exotic alloys to withstand the heat generated by high-speed flight. Corrugations on the inboard wings skin allow expansion and increase longitudinal strength. The outer cockpit windscreen is quartz. The aircraft uses a dark blue/ black paint to help dissipate internal heat.
The first operational aircraft to use stealth features. These included fuselage chines, inward canted vertical control surfaces, radar-absorbing materials and the positioning of the engines within the wing. The fuselage chines also generated additional lift, enhancing aerodynamic performance. Similar to the fore-body vortex-control strakes of the F-16 and F/A-18.
At Mach 3+, the engine produced less than 20 percent of the total thrust. The balance comes directly from the afterburners. A moveable conical spike at the front of each engine nacelle allowed air to bypass the engine straight into the afterburners, acting as ramjets. The fuel tanks only seal at operational temperatures and leaked at lower temperatures. The JP-7 fuel is very stable with an extremely high flash point. For aerial refuelling, the blackbird used a specialised KC-135Q tanker fitted with a modified high-speed boom.
For navigation, a Nortronics Astro-inertial guidance system (ANS) tracked stars through a circular quartz glass window on the upper fuselage. Supplying altitude and position to flight controls, Mission Data Recorder, Auto-Nav steering, cameras and sensors.
Payloads consisted of optical and infrared imagery systems. As well as side-looking airborne radar (SLAR), electronic intelligence (ELINT) and defensive systems. Cameras included a tracking camera and HRB Singer infrared camera. Two Operational Objective Cameras (OOCs) or an Optical Bar Camera (OBC), for horizon-to-horizon coverage. A Technical Objective Camera (TEOC) for closer views of the target.
The first operational mission occurred on March 21, 1968, from Kadena AFB, Okinawa over North Vietnam. While deployed at Okinawa, the SR-71s gained the nickname Habu after an indigenous Japanese pit viper. Each aircraft flew on average only once per week, due to the extended maintenance and repairs required after a mission.
The US Air forced terminated the SR-71 program in September 1989, with the last missions flown in October. Some aircraft went into reserve storage and the rest distributed for static display. Due to developing political situations in the Middle East and North Korea, three aircraft returned to service in June 1995. Stationed at Edwards Air Force Base, under the control of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base. The Air Force retired the SR-71 for a second and final time in 1998. NASA operated the last two Blackbirds until 1999.
The SR-71 has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft since 1976, previously held by the Lockheed YF-12. While in service was the world’s fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft. On July 28, 1976, set the world absolute altitude record of 85,069 feet (25,929 m). That same day set an absolute speed record of 3,529.6 km/h (2,193.2 mph), approximately Mach 3.3. On September 1, 1974, broke the New York to London record. A distance of 5,570.79 km (3,461.53 miles) at 2,908.027 km/h (1,806.964 miles per hour). In a time of 1 hour 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds.
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Century Wings CW001623 – 1/72 Scale Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird Diecast Model Aircraft. S/N 61-7979, “NIGHT HAWK”, 9th SRW, USAF.