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C7663
SR-71 Blackbird Signed By Bob Gilliland 1/63 (CS71tss) (**)
USAF
ZDISC
Scale 1/63
Price $314.95
Discontinued
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This high quality replica is handcrafted from mahogany and comes with a wooden base and a plaque signed by Bob Gilland SR71 Pilot. Dimensions are 20.75"(L) X 11"(H) X 11.50(Wingspan). Robert J."Bob" Gilliand the first test flight of the SR-71 on December 22,1964, taking the aircraft to mach 1.5 and 50,000 feet altitude. He was the first and principal test pilot for the SR-71 Aircraft Series and the first pilot to achieve full envelope expansion of the speed and altitude in the SR-71. On December 22 1964, Lockheed Test Pilot Bob Gilliand flew the first flight of Sr-71 at Palmdale, California, flying for 1 hour over 1000 mph. As the SR-71 program continued to grow, Gilliand continued to be the first pilot to fly each Blackbird as it became operational, logging more experimental supersonic flight test-time above mach 2 and Mach 3 than any other pilot. The Society of Experimental Test Pilots awarded the Knicheloe Award to Bob in 1964 for his work on these supersonic secret planes. This is an award that is given annually for the test pilot of the year. A fellow in the Society for Experimental Test Pilots, Gilliand was awarded the Iven C. Kincheloe Award in 1964 for his work on the Blackbird program. He was named an Eagle by the Air Force Flight Test historical Foundation in 1998 and received the Godfred L. Cabot Award established ny the Lancaster City Council. Gilliand was awarded the Aerospace Walk of honor for his distinguished aviation career marked by significant and obvious achievements beyond pne specific accomplishment.



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