Century Wings CW001631 – 1/72 Scale SR-71A Blackbird Diecast Model
Wings of Heroes Series
|Length||45.5 cm||17.90 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||23.5 cm||9.25 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Removable pilot and crew figurines
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, “Skunk Works” – Century Wings CW001631
Century Wings CW001631 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, serial number 61-7972 “Skunk Works” of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing (SRW), United States Air Force (USAF), circa 1990.
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is an American twin-engine, tandem-seat, supersonic, long-range strategic reconnaissance aircraft. Developed through the 1960s by Lockheed Skunk Works, the first flight took place on December 22, 1964, entering service in January 1966 with the 4200th SRW. The first operational mission took place on March 21, 1968, over North Vietnam. The SR-71 program was first axed in September 1989, revived in June 1995, then once more retired in 1998, NASA operated the last two until 1999. Lockheed built 32 aircraft, with 12 lost to accidents, none to enemy action. The SR-71 holds the world absolute altitude and speed records for a crewed aircraft.
The airframe is constructed almost entirely of titanium and exotic alloys along with special paint to withstand the heat generated by high-speed flight — the first operational aircraft to use stealth features. The fuselage is a semi-monocoque design with an outer cockpit windscreen of quartz. Flight crew consists of a pilot and Reconnaissance Systems Officer (RSO), both wear protective pressurised suits. The delta wings have corrugated skin inboard to allow for expansion and increase strength. The twin all-moving vertical tail fins canter inwards. The retractable undercarriage is a tricycle type.
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney J58 axial-flow turbojets with afterburners, give the Blackbird a maximum speed of 3,540 km/h plus (2,200 mph) Mach 3.32 plus and a service ceiling of 26,000 m (85,000 ft).
Payloads consisted of optical and infrared imagery systems, side-looking airborne radar (SLAR), electronic intelligence (ELINT) and defensive systems.
This aircraft first flew on December 12, 1966, and received the Skunk Works insignia on the rudders when it became the Palmdale test aircraft during 1985. It holds the New York to London speed record set in 1974 and established several more on March 6, 1990, during its final flight from Palmdale to Dulles, where it went to the National Air and Space Museum for and display.