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Sad Story of SR-71 Blackbird that crashed while attempting to land at Kadena AFB during extreme crosswinds

Sad Story of SR-71 Blackbird that crashed while attempting to land at Kadena AFB during extreme crosswinds

On 20 July 1972, an SR-71A ( 61-7978 ) Nicknamed the “Rapid Rabbit” piloted by Captain Dennis K. Bush and  Reconnaissance Systems Operator (RSO), Captain James W. Fagg was written off during the rollout phase of its landing. In extreme crosswinds, the pilot a landing at Kadena AFB deploying the drag …

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