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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Photos of the Day: Meet the Titanium Goose...

The A-12 'Titanium Goose' on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles...on December 12, 2016.

I took these photos during work last month, but just thought I'd finally share these pics that I took of Lockheed's A-12 spy plane that's been on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles for quite some time now. This A-12 in particular, dubbed the Titanium Goose (although the A-12 was generally called Cygnus by its pilots), is a two-seater training variant that is one of 15 aircraft that were built under the CIA's Oxcart program that began in the late 1950s. Nine of the SR-71 Blackbird's precursors are on display at museums (and CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia) throughout the nation...with the other six being lost during in-flight mishaps (with three fatalities) from 1963 to 1968. What a sad way to end this aerospace program, but I'm glad that this engineering marvel was still able to go on exhibit here in the City of Angels.

The A-12 Titanium Goose on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles...on December 12, 2016.

The A-12 Titanium Goose on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles...on December 12, 2016.

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