Blackbird’s Record-Setting Flight

Lt. Col. Ed Yielding (pilot) and Lt. Col. J.T. Vida (reconnaissance systems officer) set four speed records while flying the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, including a transcontinental mark of 2,112.52 mph (one hour, eight minutes, 17 seconds elapsed time) over the 2,404.05-mile course from Oxnard, Calif., to Salisbury, Md. The flight was anticipated to be the SR-71s retirement flight.