Very special one-of-a-kind 24x18-inch SR-71 relic display, with large and unique 7x3-inch upper fuselage titanium skin section showing red 'no step' markings and black radar-absorbing coating. The reverse shows acid-etched Skunk Works 'spot weld' inspection stamps. Extremely cool conversation piece, depicting interesting contrast between the ultra-bright gloss red and dull matte black. Lots of titanium rivets. Actually two, thin, laminated pieces of titanium.
This aircraft, SR-71 Blackbird 'Super Skater' was lost on 17 June 1970 following a re-fueling collision with a KC-135Q (59-1474) tanker. Lt. Col. Buddy L. Brown and his RSO Maj. Mortimer J. Jarvis both ejected and survived the crash. The KC-135 made it back to Beale AFB, California with a damaged refueling boom and aft fuselage. Super Skater crashed into the desert. These pieces were recovered from the crash site in June 2013 by Zane Harwell, from whom these parts were directly obtained. The vast majority of the aircraft was removed from the site by the government in 1970, but these few pieces of wreckage remained.
Open framed canvas, ready to hand, signed and numbered by Ron Cole - one of one.
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