A-12 #06927, visited on 1/12/2014, was a particularly interesting Blackbird. This bird was the only A-12 trainer built, and logged over twice the flight time than any other A-12s. Kelly Johnson, the team leader behind the creation of the Blackbird, actually flew in this plane. Most of the bird is unpainted, which made for some interesting shots.
I came to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California to see this Habu and Space Shuttle Endeavor, which was quite an emotional experience. Moreover, this was the first Blackbird that I photographed with this project in mind. The top shot was taken with my iPhone 5s. The rest were shot with the Canon s110.
When the Blackbird aircraft was stationed in Kadena Air Force Base in Japan, the native people saw it’s strange, elegant shape and likened it to the head of a Habu, a pit viper snake that inhabited the area. Thus, the A-12 and SR-71 aircraft earned the nickname “Habu”. Descended from a Skunk Works head engineer, I have made it my business to visit and photograph all 30 Habu aircraft on display today. This is the journal of my ongoing journey.”