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ARTICLE #129


A-12 (60-6932 / 129)

This aircraft was lost in the South China Sea on 5 June 1968. CIA pilot, Jack Weeks was flying what was to be the last operational A-12 mission from Kadena AB , Okinawa .CIA A-12 pilot Jack Weeks The loss was due to an inflight emergency and the pilot did not survive. Once again the official news release identified the lost aircraft as an SR-71 and security was maintained. A few days later the two remaining planes on Okinawa flew to the U.S. and were stored with the remainder of the OXCART (CIA) family.

BLACK SHIELD MISSIONS
Kadena, Okinawa

BX6705 129 20 June 1967 Pilot Jack Layton - Mission was flown at Mach 3.17 and 82,000 feet for a duration of 4:58 hours. Imagery quality was excellent.

BX6706 129 30 June 1967 Pilot Jack Weeks - Mission was flown at Mach 3.17 and 82,000 feet for a duration of 4:58 hours. Imagery quality was excellent.

BX6710 129 20 July 1967 Pilot Ken Collins - Mission was flown at Mach 3.16 and 82,450 feet for a duration of 4:55 hours. Imagery quality was good despite haze problem.

BX6722 129 16 September 1967 Pilot Jack Weeks - Mission was flown at Mach 3.15 and 80,000 feet for a duration of 4:01 hours. Imagery quality was good.

BX6729 129 18 October 1967 Pilot Frank Murray - Mission was flown at Mach (classified) and 81,000 feet for a duration of 4:01 hours. Imagery quality was good.

BX6734 129 30 October 1967 Pilot Dennis Sullivan - Mission was flown at Mach 3.20 and 85,000 feet for a duration of 3:44 hours. Imagery quality was good.




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