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A-12 above the Clouds (2 Signatures)

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 Product Description

Dimensions: 18" x 16.5"
Signatures: Robert J. "Bob" Gilliland & Ben Rich

Plane Type: A-12 Oxcart

The A-12 was the forerunner of the SR-71 and has nearly the same shape and dimensions as its replacement. Designed to replace the U-2, the A-12 flew higher and four times as fast to outrun enemy defenses and gather intelligence. The A-12 is primarily an over flight vehicle unlike the SR-71. Its major advantages in capabilities to the SR-71 include its higher-resolution photography and its ability to go marginally faster (Mach 3.3) than the SR-71. However, the SR-71 was chosen as successor to the A-12 due to its side-looking radar and cameras, allowing it to gather important reconnaissance data without penetrating enemy airspace.

About our Framing:
This Aviation Collectible is exquisitely Custom Framed with double mattes and comes in a 1 ½” Matte Black Frame. We've opened up the matte on the bottom to showcase the authentic pencil signature of the pilot/s who flew this aircraft. All of our Aviation Collectibles come with a Certificate of Authenticity to ensure that the signatures are real and your purchase will be collectible for years to come. Signatures:

Robert J. "Bob" Gilliland - Bob participated in the A-12 Program, flying envelope expansion and J-58 engine tests. He went on to fly the YF-12, and was chosen by Kelly Johnson as Project Test pilot for the SR-71 making its first flight on December 22, 1964, as well as the initial flights of the first ten SR-71's including the SR-71B models.

Ben Rich - Ben was the second director of Lockheed's Skunk Works from 1975 to 1991, succeeding its founder, Kelly Johnson. Regarded as the "father of stealth," Ben Rich was responsible for leading the development of the F-117, the first production stealth aircraft. He also participated in various design aspects of the F-104, U-2, SR-71, A-12, and F-22 among others. PLANE JUNKIE - A-12 Above the Clouds (A-12, SR-71 Blackbird)

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