SR-71 Records

Below is a table of records set by the SR-71 Blackbird. Some have been broken, but some still stand. I developed this table from an excellent book on the Blackbird "Lockheed SR-71 - The Secret Missions Exposed" by Paul F Crickmore.

DateRecordPilotRSO / FCOAircraft
1 May 1965Absolute Altitude, 80,257.86 ftCol Robert L 'Fox' StevensLt Col Daniel AndreYF-12A 60-6936
1 May 1965Absolute Speed Over a Straight Course, 2070.101 mphCol Robert L 'Fox' StevensLt Col Daniel AndreYF-12A 60-6936
1 May 1965Absolute Speed Over a 500 km Closed Course, 1688.889 mphLt Col Walter F DanielMaj James P CooneyYF-12A 60-6936
1 May 1965Absolute Speed Over a 1000 km Closed Course, 1643.041 mphLt Col Walter F DanielMaj Noel T WarnerYF-12A 60-6936
1 Sept 1974Speed Over Rec Course - New York to London, 3490 mi 1 hr 54 min 56.4 secMaj James V SullivanMaj Noel F WiddifieldSR-71A, 64-17972
13 Sept 1974Speed Over Rec Course - London to Los Angeles, 5645 mi 3 hr 47 min 35.8 secCapt Harold B AdamsCapt William C MachorekSR-71A, 64-17972
27 July 1976Altitude in Horizontal Flight, 85,068.997 ftCapt Robert C HeltMaj Larry A ElliotSR-71A, ?
27 July 1976Speed Over a Straight Course, 2,193.167 mphCapt Eldon W JoerszMaj George T MorganSR-71A, ?
27 July 1976Speed Over a 1000 km Closed Course, 2,092.294 mphMaj Adolphus H Bledsoe Jr.Maj John T FullerSR-71A, ?
6 Mar 1990Speed Over Rec Course - Coast to Coast, 2086 mi 1 hr 7 min 53.69 sec, Avg Speed 2124.5 mphLt Col Ed YeildingLt Col Joseph T VidaSR-71A, 64-17972
6 Mar 1990Speed Over Rec Course - Los Angeles to Washington DC, 1998 mi 1 hr 4 min 19.89 sec, Avg Speed 2144.83 mphLt Col Ed YeildingLt Col Joseph T VidaSR-71A, 64-17972
6 Mar 1990Speed Over Rec Course - St Louis to Cincinnati, 311.44 mi 8 min 31.97 sec, Avg Speed 2189.94 mphLt Col Ed YeildingLt Col Joseph T VidaSR-71A, 64-17972
6 Mar 1990Speed Over Rec Course - Kansas City to Washington DC, 2086 mi 25 min 58.53 sec, Avg Speed 2176.08 mphLt Col Ed YeildingLt Col Joseph T VidaSR-71A, 64-17972