- Zu den berühmten amerikanischen Flugzeugen gehört der schwarzgestrichene Aufklärer SR-71 Blackbird. Ein Exemplar ist auf der USS Intrepid (CV-11) am Pier 86 in Manhattan ausgestellt.
- Der amerikanische Dienst “War News” bringt aus der Geschichte dieses erstaunlichen Flugzeuges eine neue Erfolgsmeldung. Wie jetzt bekannt wird, wurde SR-71 Blackbird von 4’000 Raketen beschossen – und keine einzige traf.
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The Blackbird was one of the most famous jets ever flown by the United States military. The reconnaissance jet was never shot down, or even hit, over the course of its entire lifespan, although it’s been estimated that more than 4,000 missiles were fired at it over the decades.
The Blackbird had its first flight in 1964 and was retired in the late 1990s.
Major Jerry Crew told the story, in that book and article, about the first-ever missile to be shot at the SR-71. It was on July 26, 1968, and Crew and his partner were flying a sortie over North Vietnam.
“Our mission would take us over Hanoi and Haiphong. North Vietnam had been socked in for two weeks by weather. Knowing that current, up-to-the-minute intelligence was necessary to conduct the ground war added urgency to our mission,” Crew told the author.
Once in the air, they realized that a North Vietnamese Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) site was tracking them. When more lights came on in the cockpit, they knew the enemy had fired a missile, and that they would have to act very quickly
“The ‘R’ light meant they were searching for you, the “M” light meant they were tracking you, and the “L” light meant they were launching at you.” Crew said.
The pilots knew the SA-2 missile’s total flight time was 58 seconds, and during that time, they needed to turn off their ECM jammer.
“The next 50 seconds are in dispute! I thought the whole time was spent answering Tony about the length of the missile’s flight,” Crew said. “‘How long has it been?” he asked. ‘Five seconds since the last time you asked,’ I answered. Interphone tapes show that Tony only asked four times. I do know it took much longer than the missile’s predicted flight time to convince us of our safety.”
It had actually been two missiles that were fired by the North Vietnamese, but neither struck the SR-71. And none ever would.