A-12 #06927, visited on 1/12/2014, was a particularly interesting Blackbird. This bird was the only A-12 trainer built, and logged over twice the flight time than any other A-12s. Kelly Johnson, the team leader behind the creation of the Blackbird, actually flew in this plane. Most of the bird is unpainted, which made for some interesting shots.
I came to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California to see this Habu and Space Shuttle Endeavor, which was quite an emotional experience. Moreover, this was the first Blackbird that I photographed with this project in mind. The top shot was taken with my iPhone 5s. The rest were shot with the Canon s110.
This is when the photos start to get good. After becoming a more practiced photographer, I visited USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park on 11/11/2013 and was surprised to find A-12 #06938! This would be the last Blackbird I would “stumble upon”. Every bird from here on out would be sought out for this project. Moreover, I found the bird outside, which is a somewhat rare occurrence. They usually keep her inside, but needed to make room in the main display hanger for a Veteran’s Day Service. The two top photos were taken with my cell phone. The others were shot with my Canon s110.
Ohio Air Guard