The world’s fastest spy plane, which is permanently on display at the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center, will come to life through the stories of those who flew, maintained and designed the aircraft. Meet & greet the crew under the Blackbird, listen to stories of how this plane watched over the skies, take in a SR-71 blackbird documentary, grab breakfast in an aircraft hangar, and partake in other aviation related activities. Pilots can fly into the local KHUT airport and enjoy a free shuttle to the Cosmosphere. Buz Carpenter, legendary SR-71 pilot and local Hutchinson KS aviator, Karen Anderson will Co-Chair the SR-71 event. This is a great outing and educational experience for the whole family. The Cosmosphere is located at 1100 North Plum | Hutchinson, Kansas.
The SR-71 was able to fly at such high speeds it actually expanded in size, and for this reason gaps were created in the fuselage and fuel tanks to allow for the expansion. The fuel tanks would leak while the SR-71 sat on the ground because of the gaps, and no material could be used to seal the tanks that could stand up to the extreme heat manifested at the speeds this manned rocket traveled. The plane was fueled with just enough fuel to get it airborne, and then refueled from the air to limit fuel loss and for safety. The SR-71 was capable of flying literally, faster than a bullet at 1.6 miles per second. The SR-71 could fly at altitudes up to 95,000 feet and faster than a missile and not one SR-71 was ever shot down while performing missions over hostile airspace.