Never heard of a Whitebird. Is this an SR-71 or an A-12?
Really early version, look at the nose
+Zac Lowing But why is it white?
It was going so fast the black fell off.
Is that a real aircraft or was the photo altered/plane painted?? It's absolutely gorgeous. I love white aircraft.
It's not real, http://bispro.deviantart.com/art/USAF-Lockheed-NF-12A-Whitebird-169020595
+Zac Lowing Seriously?! That sucks. They should have done one in white for artic patrols. My mom's house in the artic. You might have seen her in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. She has a tooth ache
No black iron(?) Coating?
Isn't this the prototype fighter version of what we usually know as the SR-71?
This is a YF-12. I assume the reason for the white paint is that this pic was taken during some kind of airframe testing and the black paint simply wasn't applied yet.If someone knows why, please feel free to correct me. I wamt to know.
+giantnardman I hope you are correct. It'll be sad if it turns to be not real
+giantnardman I've heard of the YF-12, a prototype interceptor version of the Blackbird. Armed with air-to-air missiles to intercept Soviet Bear bombers. Never went beyond the testing phase.
May it is U-2! The old air plane ! I'm not sure!
+George Xouxlias Definitely not a U-2
Right!it is so familiar this plane to me and I forgot the name! Any way!
Have to sleep 3 days! Tomorrow my friend! My memory will awake up!
+Matthew Sharp I'm thinking the the paint was either very expensive or wasn't developed yet for the YF-12. It was a prototype after all.
+giantnardman So it's a YF-12?? SR-71 prototype?? It's freaking beautiful what ever it was at the time. Just think…..when that thing was a prototype….it's like a freaking space ship to people at that time. Still doesn't look outdated and old.
Wow, one of our skunk works, white Blackbirds….when I look at these wonders of America's industry and science, I get a lump in my throat and want to shout " try to create one of these, Putin !!!".
Sorta looks like it's sitting on green crumpled tin foil.
Did not know a white one existed. The point? Imagine the paint did not last long at Mach 3.
The united state army's being there since years I mean centuries before ,I don't understand one thing how they become the law of me or the united state army turns out to be make or made by European man law,that is me European man law "first come first serve" I am not with the united state man law but that is the first George bush,same time my dispute with the George bush is their believe and personal use of the us military to the human world lime Iraq specially.(there is something wrong with people life related with the us military)(NASA is under my custody)
Maybe that Navy Jet is some Sweet Shit! Unless it ain't.
The XB-70s were white. Painting an YF-12 white is not hard to fathom.
I was thinking the white was used to test heat resistance from the sun? Maybe helping with less radar detection? Or does that make no sense?
+Kurt Burgess One was white longer than the other one. Ouch
+Brando Phoenix White at first because white is cheap. And it's easy to find hot spots/heat points on the aircraft during supersonic test flights
Does anyone remember the X-15 from the 1960's
+jack Gittins I do. 👋It was launched from underneath a wing of a B-52 and flew into the upper atmosphere, the edge of space.
Is that a blackbird?
Looks similar to a SR71 but I have never seen one shaped and painted like that. Now I'm curious
That is a X15? I can barely remember the toys and paintings of those
+Kevin Scruggs It's not an X-15. An X-15 was much smaller with short stubby wings. Check Wikipedia.
It probably was the prototype for what became the SR-71. Only that's visibly different is the nose. Same power plants, canted tails and air frame design. I love the white though
Reminds me of Ace Combat 3: electrosphere's RF-12A2 Blackbird stratofighter.
reminds me of a concorde 😛
Black bird SR71 no its "white" lol
+Matthew Sharp From the little research I've done, I have found out the following….-Definitely a YF-12A-The USAF and NASA jointly tested these planes.-Only two were used for the joint testing-The white paint may have been NASA's idea. They were most likely testing the paint at high speeds and high altitudes for future use on the shuttle program.The last point is just a guess.
+giantnardman I'd go with that.
Thought the SR71 blackbird was junked in Smithsonian…I like her in white,she's gorgeous..
Any way the name of the planeI is FXD-45UAFG2
on a mission? or defending US Skies.
Fxd 45uaf-G2 is its Nomenclator
Να way my friend!
It is a YF-12A which is an (A-11) the white is a prototype paint. The black is not a paint it is the titanium in which it is made of…
No the fxd-uafG2 is my secret plane!
No body knows about that! Sorry can not revile my plane!
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