Blackbird presentation at the Atomic Museum

Message posted by Peter Merlin on May 15, 2017 at 17:21:37 PST:

For anyone planning to be in Las Vegas next Friday evening, I will be giving a presentation on the design and development of the Blackbird family of high-speed, high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft.

From the museum's press release:

The National Atomic Testing Museum will host aerospace historian and author Peter W. Merlin on Friday, May 19, for his lecture, “Mach 3 Legend: The Lockheed Blackbird.”

Merlin will explore the design evolution, construction, material characteristics, and performance capabilities of the legendary Blackbird airplanes. He is a frequent lecturer at and long-time friend of the museum.

The Lockheed Blackbirds hold a unique place in the development of aeronautics. In their day, the A-12, YF-12, M-21, D-21, and SR-71 variants outperformed all other jet airplanes in terms of altitude and speed. They remain the only production aircraft capable of sustained Mach 3 cruise and operative altitudes above 80,000 feet.

The lecture will take place on Friday, May 19, at 6 p.m. at the National Atomic Testing Museum, 755 E. Flamingo Rd. in Las Vegas. Tickets are $5 per person and free for museum members; please call 702.794.5151 for more information.


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