Special extra-large SR-71 Blackbird titanium relic display, handmade by Ron Cole.
This display incorporates a substantial 7x5-inch section of exterior skin that retains 99% of its original radar-absorbing black coating (it is safe, and non-toxic), and very rare and unique bright red "NO STEP" stripe and stenciling. This aircraft was repainted during its life, and this relic reveals that the stenciling was applied twice, in a slightly different spot and in a different font. The reverse of this piece is covered with too many factory stamps and part numbers to list, and consists of multiple layers of titanium, an access panel, titanium screws; all kinds of interesting construction.
SR-71 'Super Skater' (serial number 17970). This aircraft 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.
This display is built into a custom-made titanium-finished open hardwood frame, ready to hang.
Signed and numbered 1 of 1 - a true one of a kind!
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