Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird 61-7976, Snarling Cat Air Force 1 1/72 AF1-0088D
Air Force 1 1/72 AF1-0088D
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird 61-7976, Snarling Cat Air
Maj Terry Pappas & Capt. John Manzi,
During the Iraq-Iran War, Major Terry Pappas and Captain John Manzi launched their SR-71A from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, with a distant target in the Persian Gulf. Facing perhaps the most ominous weather of their ying careers, they were required to stay in close formation with the refueling tanker aircraft — often within 12 feet —for nearly a third of their harrowing journey. Ultimately, the Blackbird required ve air refuelings, and the non-stop ight took over 11 hours, one of the most grueling and challenging missions ever attempted by the Air Force pilots.