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MPC-004 Flying the SR-71 Blackbird with Bill Orcutt

Posted by on October 4, 2013

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most advanced aircraft in the world.   With its incredible speed, high altitude flight, and stealth technology, the Blackbird was a giant leap forward in the United States’s Military program and our security.   Join me as Retired Air Force Pilot Mr. Bill Orcutt describes what it was like to pilot the SR-71 and the missions that he was a part of.

Air Force Pilot Bill Orcutt on the Right.


Here are a few facts and tidbits on the SR-71 Blackbird.

General characteristics




  1. Los Angeles, CA to Washington, D.C., distance 2,299.7 miles (3,701.0 km), average speed 2,144.8 miles per hour (3,451.7 km/h), and an elapsed time of 64 minutes 20 seconds.[80]
  2. West Coast to East Coast, distance 2,404 miles (3,869 km), average speed 2,124.5 miles per hour (3,419.1 km/h), and an elapsed time of 67 minutes 54 seconds.
  3. Kansas City, Missouri to Washington, D.C., distance 942 miles (1,516 km), average speed 2,176 miles per hour (3,502 km/h), and an elapsed time of 25 minutes 59 seconds.
  4. St. Louis, Missouri to Cincinnati, Ohio, distance 311.4 miles (501.1 km), average speed 2,189.9 miles per hour (3,524.3 km/h), and an elapsed time of 8 minutes 32 seconds.



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