Lockheed Blackbird: Beyond the Secret Missions

Author(s): Paul F. Crickmore


In 1986 Paul Crickmore's first groundbreaking book about the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was published. At that time, the Cold War was at its height and the SR-71 was an integral element in securing crucial intelligence from all parts of the globe. The highly sensitive nature of its missions couldn't be compromised, and it wasn't until the end of the Cold War that the operational exploits of this incredible aeronautical masterpiece could be openly written about. As time passed has more and more information has come to light, with a vast number of official documents declassified and key military figures able to talk openly about the Blackbird programme. Paul Crickmore has used these updated facts to revise his previous history of one of the world's most iconic aircraft of all time, creating what will surely be considered the definitive, timeless volume about the SR-71 Blackbird.


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The SR-71 Blackbird is an iconic aircraft that has come to symbolize America's technological superiority during the Cold War. Using previously unpublished information, globally renowned expert Paul Crickmore builds upon his definitive account of the SR-71 Blackbird, creating a volume that will appeal to military and aviation enthusiasts around the world.

"If you are a fan of the Blackbird or aircraft in general you will be amazed by the level of detail from the planes, the pilots, and the missions. If there is one book to have this should be it and would make a great addition to anyone s library." - IPMS/USA"

During his time as an air traffic controller at the London Air Traffic Control Centre, Paul Crickmore gained a unique introduction into SR-71 operations from RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk. Teaming up with Osprey produced the first detailed book ever to be published on the subject. When additional information became available to him in 1990 following the initial shut down of SR-71 operations, Crickmore produced an even more detailed book, Lockheed SR-71 The Secret Missions Exposed - the standard reference work on the subject. The work was acclaimed both by the aviation press, Ben Rich (late president of the Skunk Works) and the crews that flew the SR-71. He is also the author of the first detailed book about the '117, written in partnership with his wife Alison; published by Motorbooks International in 1999.

Introduction /Oxcart /Senior Bowl and Tagboard /The YF-12 /Technical /From RS to SR and beyond /Flying the HABU /Beale Operations /OL8 to Det 1 /Det 4 Operations /Shutdown /Appendices

General Fields

  • : 9781472815231
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Osprey Publishing
  • : November 2016
  • : 269mm X 198mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paul F. Crickmore
  • : Hardback
  • : Revised edition
  • : 358.4183
  • : 472
  • : 200 b/w; 150 col