Written By: Jazlyn Coahran
On Thursday October 19th, the Foley Air Force cadets went to the Battlefield Park Aircraft Museum to see the SR-71 Blackbird that was just recently placed there. They had dinner and were given the background story of the aircraft.
Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Cade Kilzer had a lot to say about the trip.
“We traveled from Foley to the USS Alabama which took about 45 mins to reach. Once we were inside, we noticed the SR-71 Blackbird right away. As we took our seats in the back, we were introduced to the groups present for the event. Once the presentation of colors was finished, the tables were called by numbers so that we would line up to eat in an orderly fashion. They called me to the front of the room and gave me the honor of cutting the cake with a saber. After we ate our food, the introduction of the pilot of a SR-71 Blackbird had commenced. He explained the procedures regarding the aircraft itself. He went through the facts of the SR-71 Blackbird, meaning everything from the process of building it to the science behind how to get it running. Unfortunately, the presentation had taken longer than expect so we had to leave early to make it back to the school.”
Here are several facts about the aircraft.
The SR-71 Blackbird holds records for the fastest take off time, and speed. The Bird isn’t angled like a normal plane, because the radar waves bounce onto the bird instead of sending the signal into space. It is the only plane that goes on the verge of space without leaving the Earth’s atmosphere.