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A list of key readings about SR-71 Blackbird.
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  • Donn A. Byrnes, Kenneth D. Hurley, "Blackbird Rising: Birth of an Aviation Legend", Sage Mesa, Los Lunas, 1999 - Contains a great deal of material on the early days of the program, including much material on the early intelligence sensors
  • Paul F. Crickmore, "Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird", Motorbooks International, Osceola, 1986 - The first book on the subject, it contains a wealth of information and pictures, and covers the history, techical details, and operations
  • Paul F. Crickmore, "Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird: Lockheed's Mach 3 Hot Shot", Motorbooks International, Osceola, 1987 - A volume of color pictures
  • Paul F. Crickmore, "SR-71 Blackbird: The Secret Missions Exposed", Osprey Aerospace, London, 1993 - The title notwithstanding, this book also covers the history and techical details, and has numerous appendixes
  • Richard H. Graham, "SR-71 Revealed: The Inside Story", Motorbooks International, Osceola, 1996 - Written by someone who both flew SR-71's, and commanded the squadron, in addition to extensive information about operations, this volume also covers the history and technology
  • Richard H. Graham, "SR-71 Blackbird: Stories, Tales and Legends", Zenith, St. Paul, 2002 - A large collection of personal memories from Air Force personnel associated with the SR-71
  • Peter W. Merlin, "From Archangel to Senior Crown: Design and Development of the Blackbird", American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, 2008 - Contains detailed history of the design evolution which produced the SR-71 family, along with some material on the technology; it also covers the work NASA did with it
  • Brian Shul, "Sled Driver: Flying the World's Fastest Jet", Midland, Leicester, 1991 - A personal memoir of flying the SR-71, matched with excellent large-scale color photographs

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  • Hobson, Chris. "Vietnam Air Losses, USAF, USN, USMC, Fixed-Wing aircraft losses in Southeast Asia 1961-1973". 2001. ISBN 1-85780-1156
  • Ben R. Rich, Leo Janos, "Skunk Work: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed", Little, Brown, Boston, 1994 - Ben Rich developed the engine inlets for the SR-71, and the book also includes brief sections from others about the plane


  • A Bittersweet and Fancy Flight, Philadelphia Inquirer March 7, 1990, Page 1
  • Spy Plane Sets Speed Record, Then Retires, (Associated Press) New York Times March 7, 1990