During 1967 and 1968, 06930 flew over one-third of the A-12 operational missions. Eight over Vietnam, where she was fired upon by SAMs, and two missions over Korea in search for the USS Pueblo. Every operational pilot flew 06930, except Jack Weeks, who passed away during the program (more detail about Jack’s loss was covered in a previous post. Click here to view) . On 6 May, 1968, 06930 took to the hostile skies over North Korea, flying the last operational mission of the A-12 program.
This was my first opportunity to photograph a member of the Blackbird family of aircraft at night. The US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama displays the aircraft in a former parking area in front of the main building. The shots were more time consuming to light and capture, but the product was well worth it. I’d love to shoot more of these birds at night. I also photographed this aircraft during the day (click here to view), and during a rain storm (click here to view).
[For all its age, it remains one of the most aesthetically arresting airframes in creation. -R]