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SR-71 BLACKBIRD RECORD SPEED RUNS

This page is dedicated to Leland Haynes , Webmaster of SR-71 BLACKBIRDS

Below are detailed SR-71 Crew Maps of the Record Setting Flight Routes from Beale AFB, California to Farnborough, England and the return flight to Los Angeles. These maps show departure times, elapsed times over the routes and where refueling took place. They show the Start of acceleration to Mach 3+ speed (2100 MPH) and Deceleration to slow down for refueling with the KC-135Q Tanker. Map 1 shows the Continental United States. Map 2 shows the Atlantic and England.

SR-71 9th Operations Planners looked at over 50 flight routes with the goal of setting the record in less than two hours. This is the one selected and flown.

 
MAP 1 MAP 2
   
 

SR-71 Mission Recording System (MRS)

The mission recording system was a vital element of the Blackbirds. This system collected and recorded specific internal aircraft flight and sensor activity data on each mission, together with the functioning of airplane and mission systems. The system  monitored 650 Parameters to include Engine, Electrical, Hydraulic, Digital Automatic Flight and Inlet Control System (DAFICS), Astro Inertial Navigation System (ANS), ECS, MRS and Sensor data. Data was used to improve components; prevent unit failures during flight such as Constant Speed Drives and monitor engine performance.

The following images was secured by myself from the files located at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. The images are very large but are necessary to show the data from the Historic Speed Run conducted on September 13, 1974. Capt Harold B. Adams, 31 (Pilot), and Major William Machorek, 32 (Reconnaissance Systems Officer), set a speed record from London to Los Angeles. They returned the Blackbird 5,447 statute miles in 3 hours 47 minutes and 39 seconds for an average speed of 1,435 miles per hour. These documents show the entire flight of Aircraft #972 to include the drop to lower altitude for refueling. Credit is given to National Air and Space Museum for releasing these MRS tapes to the public.
 
 
 
Each MRS graph below is spilt into two sections for ease of enlarging.
 
Mach Number / Engine CIT  /  Angel of Attack ~Deg   /   Center Of Gravity ~ % MAC  / Engine Throttle Position ~ Deg / A/C Vert Accel~ G'S

 

Barro Altitude ~ FT  /  Pitch Attitude ~ DEG  /  Roll Attitude ~ DEG  /  True Heading ~ DEG.

 

Total Fuel Remaining / Center Of Gravity ~ % MAC /  A/C Vert Accel ~g's /  Inlet Spike Pos ~ In FWD  /  FWD B/P Pos Error ~ lb/sec  /  FWD B/P Door Pos ~ I n Open

 

Nacelle Mass Fuel Flow ~ Lb/ Hr / Throttle Position  ~deg / Aft Bypass Door Pos ~% Open /  EGT
   
   
 
 

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