YF-12A Blackbird at NMUSAF

60-6935, the sole surviving of the three YF-12A Blackbirds, the interceptor variant of the family. This was the first Blackbird to go on museum display, being flown to Dayton after test flying by the USAF & NASA, more than a decade before its SR-71 counterparts would be retired. Equipped with the Hughes ASG-18 radar, the YF-12As were armed with the large GAR-9/AIM-47 air to air missile.

Lockheed YF-12A Blackbird at NMUSAF

YF-12A Blackbird forward fuselage YF-12 Blackbird engine nacelle YF-12A Blackbird tail image YF-12A Blackbird walkaround image

Bibliography:

Edwards AFB: Open House at the USAF Flight Test Center 1957-1966 p.191-193: walk around photos of 60-6935 at Edwards.

Tony Grand Review of the 1/72 Italeri YF-12A kit Scale Aircraft Modelling June 2017

“USAF Stresses YF-12A Interceptor Role” Aviation Week & Space Technology October 5, 1964 p.16-17 2 photos

“Lockheed YF-12A Flight Demonstration Reveals Design Details” Aviation Week & Space Technology October 12, 1964 p.30-33 15 photos

Photo: “USAF/Lockheed YF-12A” Aviation Week & Space Technology October 19, 1964 front cover

“Seven Tentative Flight Records Set by USAF/Lockheed YF-12As” AW&ST May 10, 1965 p.33

Photo: “Forward Delta of YF-12A Altered” AW&ST May 17, 1965 p.67

Photo: “Lockheed YF-12A Details Shown” AW&ST June 28, 1965 p.70

“Seven Tentative Flight Records Set by USAF/Lockheed YF-12As” Aviation Week & Space Technology May 10, 1965 p.33

Photo: “YF-12 flies NASA research mission with F-104 chase aircraft” AW&ST August 3, 1970 front cover

Donald E. Fink “NASA YF-12A Proves Valuable Testbed” AW&ST August 13, 1973 p.44-46

“YF-12s in Supersonic Research Program” AW&ST August 20, 1973 p.17