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March 27, 2003
NASA - Dryden Flight Research Center - News Room: News Releases: NASA SR-71 AND F-18 HARV HEAD FOR MUSEUMS


March 27, 2003

Release: 03-18

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Two unique NASA aircraft left Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on March 24 as truck convoys carried them to their final destinations.

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's SR-71B Blackbird aircraft, NASA tail number 831, is destined for the Kalamazoo Air Zoo museum in Kalamazoo, Mich., and the F-18 High Angle-of-Attack Research Vehicle (HARV) aircraft, NASA tail number 840, is going to the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, Va.

NASA's SR-71B was one of only two SR-71 trainer aircraft built, and served NASA in that role, as well as for some high-speed research, from 1991 to 1999.

The F-18 HARV provided some of the most comprehensive data on the high-angle-of-attack flight regime, flying at angles of up to 70 degrees from the horizontal. The HARV flew 385 research flights at Dryden from 1987 through 1996.


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