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Photo Funday — Lockheed A-12 “Titanium Goose”

18 July 2009

Photo Funday — a photo and an informative caption for the weekend

Lockheed A-12 "Titanium Goose"

Lockheed A-12 "Titanium Goose" — photo by Joe May

34º 00’56″N / 118º 17′ o4″ W

This is the only two seat Lockheed A-12 built and it is on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California. As you can see it has been placed as if in flight and fairly high off of the ground — but at nearly eye level of the top floor of the neighboring parking garage. The A-12 did not have an official name, but an unofficial one of “Blackbird” came to be. The succesor aircraft, the SR-71, also had the same nickname as well as “Habu” — after the snake on the island of Okinawa where many SR-71 sorties originated. But this unique A-12 has its own unique nickname of “Titanium Goose”. Both the A-12 and the SR-71 were aircraft that broke flight records and initiated leap-ahead technological advances. In order to have an aircraft fly faster than Mach 3 it had to make extensive use of titanium alloys, to deal with the scorching temperatures, and the fact that methods did not exist to craft such an airplane did not deter the designers of this reconnaissance aircraft.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 18 July 2009 08:02

    Hi Joe,
    this is an unusal looking craft, I really like the angle of the shot though.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      18 July 2009 08:26

      I agree — an unusual aircraft that was designed in the 1960s yet looks modern in 2009, over 40 years later!

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