Mini Museum SR-71 Fragment
This product is currently sold out.
This specimen is a 0.5 gram sample of SR-71 Titanium. The material comes from the overlapping flaps which surrounded the exhaust of the SR-71, also known as a "turkey feather". Opening and closing according to the pressure output of the afterburner, they are considered one of the hardest working parts of the aircraft. The size and shape of the fragments will vary and some will show scorch marks from early preparation of the material.
These particular fragments come from five (5) different SR-71s. They include pieces of both the "angle" and the "rod" of the turkey feather. The diagram in the image gallery illustrates these particular parts.
With the rod being rather thick and the angle being thin, the size and shape of the fragments vary widely. Some specimens will have multiple, small pieces, while others may have a single, larger piece.
Some pieces will also show scorch marks from early preparation of the material. The fragments also have rough and sharp edges, so please use extreme caution when handling and never allow children to handle the specimens unattended.
The specimen is enclosed in a handsome, glass-topped riker box case measuring 4 1/2" x 3 1/2". A small information card is also included.
Due the the extremely limited nature of this item, we are limiting purchases to one per customer.
About the SR-71
The SR-71 was built for speed and stealth. Setting records as the world's fastest manned aircraft, the SR-71 easily cruised at more than three time the speed of sound. For those lucky few who were able to fly the SR-71, the experience turned out to be something also quasi-religious. That sense of reverence also extended to those who faced the SR-71 as an enemy aircraft. Viktor Belenko, the soviet MiG pilot who defected to Japan in 1976 wrote, "They taunted and toyed with the MiG-25s sent up to intercept them, scooting up to altitudes we could not reach, and circling leisurely above them or dashing off at speeds we could not match."
As noted above, this specimen is a fragment of a "turkey feather". It was purchased from Daniel Freeman, Supervisor and Chief of Metals Technology for the 9th Reconnaissance Wing I.
Would you like to know more? Read more about the SR-71 in Specimen Notes from the Mini Museum: Built for Speed!