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Lockheed YA-12 'Blackbird'

Description
  Manufacturer:Lockheed
  Base model:A-12
  Designation:YA-12
  Nickname:Blackbird
  Designation System:U.S. Tri-Service
  Designation Period:1962-Present
  Basic role:Reconnaissance
  Status:Prototype

Specifications
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YA-12 on display

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Recent comments by our visitors
 Robert Huff USAF Msgt Ret.
 , AZ
The only YF-12A's that we had at Edwards was 934,935, and 936. These were the ones flown by Air Force pilots. We had these three before we got our first SR-71.
12/23/2008 @ 20:51 [ref: 23316]
 Dan
 Falls Church, VA
The photo of the YF-12A depicting the radar in the nose, sent by George Spurling, was taken in a MX hangar at Edwards. That is me in the cockpit.
02/28/2005 @ 15:47 [ref: 9559]
 John E. Schwenkler
 Elmira, NY, NY
ALL of the foregoing writers misidentify the aircraft depicted. This aircraft shown is NOT a YF-12 interceptor, which, as noted, have serials 06934, 06935 & 06936. The writers are confused by the Y prototype designation. The aircraft shown is indeed an A-12 reconnaissance type. It is, in fact, the prototype A-12, which is suggested at by the serial it bears, #60-6924.
http://www.sr-71.org/blackbird/a-12/index.htm

More pictures of 06924 are here: http://www.sr-71.org/photogallery/blackbird/06924/06924-2004-01.htm
Note the absence of the interrupted chine which is the most obvious distinguishing characteristic of the FY-12 interceptor.

The craft is A-12 serial # 60-6924that is indisputable. Whether it ever officially bore the YA-12 designation or not, I cannot say, but it cannot be confused for the any of the YF-12s, the last whole example of which is 06935, which is held in the collection of the U.S. Air Force Museum, in Fairborn, Ohio. http://www.sr-71.org/photogallery/blackbird/06935/index.htm
They are decidedly different aircraft.

Compare and contrast. There is no question here beyond the propriety of the Y prefix.

--JES

02/25/2005 @ 18:24 [ref: 9535]
 George S.
 , TN
To. Mark from FL.
Lockheed only built 3 YF-12A. 60-6935 is the only one in one piece. 60-6934 aft section was melded together with the
foward half of SR-71 64-17971.
01/09/2005 @ 19:30 [ref: 9098]
 mark
 , FL
aircraft is the yf-12 and the only one of 4 remaining is on display at the air force museum at wright patterson afb
02/03/2002 @ 20:51 [ref: 4243]
 Jaron Hach
 Prairie du sac, WI
I just got done writing a report on stealth technology. And I am interested in learning more about all of lockheed's stealth planes.
01/29/2002 @ 17:07 [ref: 4213]
 T. Bernhard
 , OTH
I would concur with George Spurling's comments. The described aircraft is a YF-12A, not to be confused with the YF-12C which was actually an SR-71A lent to NASA before they were supposed to have SR-71s, hence the name change. The YF-12A was known initially as the A-11 (not the same A-11 that preceded the A-12 Blackbird) until President L. Johnson's announcement revealing the existence of the A-11 (to cover the existence of the A-12), whereupon it was designated AF-12 by the Air Force, then shortly thereafter YF-12, but NEVER YA-12!
Still, thanks for acknowledging it's existence as separate to the A-12 and the SR-71.
09/03/2001 @ 03:30 [ref: 3100]
 GEORGE SPURLING
 , TN
THE AIRCRAFT DISCRIBED HERE IS NOT AN YA-12,BUT A YF-12
INTERCEPTOR.ABLE TO LAUNCH MISSILES AT ENEMY ICBM'S AND
AIRCRAFT.
02/13/2001 @ 00:41 [ref: 1596]

 

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