35.000 x 12.000 inches
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One Last Blast
Drawing - Pen & Ink On Illustration Board
"The world's fastest, highest flying operational aircraft." This title has belonged to the SR-71/YF-12/A-11 family of aircraft since the mid 1960's. The SR-71 has flown operational missions where no other aircraft could go. It was retired from service (the first time) in 1990.
On March 6, 1990, Cols. Ed Yielding and J.T. Vida flew SR-71A 64-17972 from Los Angeles, CA, to Washington, D.C., for it's retirement to the National Air & Space Museum. Along the way, they set 7 new records for speed & distance, one of which was Los Angeles, CA, to Washington, D.C., in 64 minutes 19.9 seconds, at an average speed of 2,144.8 mph.
This scene depicts "972" at altitude and speed, somewhere over the central
United States. The huge shock diamonds in the exhaust and the full aft position of the intake spikes tell the tale - these guys are smokin'....
SPECIAL NOTE: Lockheed test pilot Bob Gilliland, the first man to fly the SR-71, has signed a special limited edition of 100 of these prints. Numbering is from 51 of 500 to 150 of 500.
January 24th, 2010
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