Historic Aviation Quiz: The SR-71 Blackbird

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Question 1 of 10

While it is well known that Lockheed test pilot Bob Gilliland was at the controls for the first flight of the SR-71 on December 22, 1964, where did that sortie take place from?

Historic Quiz - May 5

USAF Plant 42
Beale Air Force Base
Groom Lake
Edwards AFB

Question 2 of 10

During its first international sortie July 21, 1967, SR-71A 61-7972 strayed into foreign airspace following the failure of its Astro-Inertial Navigation System. Whose airspace was it?

Historic Quiz - May 4

Russia
Iran
North Vietnam
Mexico

Question 3 of 10

Developed from the A-12 high-altitude, Mach 3+ reconnaissance platform built for the United States Central Intelligence Agency by Lockheed, how many variants of the SR-71 were there in total officially?

Historic Quiz - May 4

11
3
5
9

Question 4 of 10

On average how much did the first SR-71 cost to build when accepted by the USAF in 1968?

Historic Quiz - May 4

$120m
$232m
$10m
$43m

Question 5 of 10

With fears of national security and the type’s secrets and technology falling into the hands of foreign entities, in what year did the US Government order that all SR-71 tooling be destroyed?

Historic Quiz - May 4

2003
1985
1999
1968

Question 6 of 10

How many production examples of the SR-71 were rolled out of the ‘Skunk Works’?

Historic Quiz - May 4

61
18
51
32

Question 7 of 10

True or False: On average, the USAF could only fly each SR-71 operationally once a week due to the nature of the turnaround required after mission recovery?

Historic Quiz - May 4

True
False
X
X

Question 8 of 10

The SR-71 was dubbed the ‘Habu’ by locals on the Japanese island of Okinawa. But what is a Habu?

Historic Quiz - May 4

 

Asian Stonefish
East Asian Eagle
Pit Viper
Goliath bird-eating Tarantula

Question 9 of 10

How many hours is it said the SR-71 fleet spent at Mach 3+ during its first USAF career between 1966 and 1990?

Historic Quiz - May 4

777,000hrs
500,100hrs
11,675hrs
1,000,000hrs

Question 10 of 10

True or False: An SR-71 was used to assist the FBI in its manhunt for the skyjacker D B Cooper – the still to this day unidentified man who hijacked Flight 305, a Northwest Orient Airlines Boeing 727 in 1971?

Historic Quiz - May 4

True
False
X
X

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