The Blackbird family of aircraft cruise at speeds of more than Mach 3 and fly over 85,000 feet (25,500 m) in altitude. Conceived nearly 50 years ago, Blackbirds remain the fastest and highest flying air-breathing production aircraft ever built.

This M-21 is a unique variant of the A-12, the earliest Blackbird type. Built for a CIA program code-named "Tagboard," the M-21 carried unpiloted vehicles for intelligence gathering. These drones were intended for launch from the M-21 "mother ship" for flights over hostile territories. Design features of the M-21 include the second seat for the Launch Control Officer and the launch pylon on which the drone is mounted.

The Museum's M-21 was built in 1963, and is the sole surviving example of its type.

This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Registration:
60-6940
Length:
102ft
Height:
19ft
Wing Area:
1 795.00ft²
Empty Weight:
52,000lbs
Gross Weight:
117,000lbs
Maximum Speed:
2211mph
Cruise Speed:
2,211mph
Power Plant:
Two Pratt & Whitney J58 engines
Range:
2,955miles

The Blackbird family of aircraft cruise at speeds of more than Mach 3 and fly over 85,000 feet (25,500 m) in altitude. Conceived nearly 50 years ago, Blackbirds remain the fastest and highest flying air-breathing production aircraft ever built.

This M-21 is a unique variant of the A-12, the earliest Blackbird type. Built for a CIA program code-named "Tagboard," the M-21 carried unpiloted vehicles for intelligence gathering. These drones were intended for launch from the M-21 "mother ship" for flights over hostile territories. Design features of the M-21 include the second seat for the Launch Control Officer and the launch pylon on which the drone is mounted.

The Museum's M-21 was built in 1963, and is the sole surviving example of its type.

This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Registration:
60-6940
Length:
102ft
Height:
19ft
Wing Area:
1 795.00ft²
Empty Weight:
52,000lbs
Gross Weight:
117,000lbs
Maximum Speed:
2211mph
Cruise Speed:
2,211mph
Power Plant:
Two Pratt & Whitney J58 engines
Range:
2,955miles