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SR-71 Blackbird
Kansas State Cosmosphere & Space Center
Hutchinson, KS


SR-71

SR-71 on display at the Kansas State Cosmosphere and Space Center, located in Hutchinson, Kansas. While the blackbird is displayed in a very dramatic pose in the museum atrium, it is nearly impossible to photograph. The front part of the airplane is in direct sunlight, while the back half is in a dark area of the museum. The atrium itself is narrow, which leaves only one camera angle that looks right up the blackbird’s nose. This museum itself is spectacular, and is well worth the trip from where ever you are located. The founders did extensive “dumpster diving” during the glory years of the space program, and saved a large number of artifacts that would have otherwise been scrapped. The Cosmosphere is world known for being the best at space craft restoration. As a result, they were trusted with the task of restoring Liberty Bell 7, the Project Mercury capsule that sank after splashdown and remained underwater nearly 40 years. The movie Apollo 13 relied heavily on the Cosmosphere for props and building the realistic movie sets.

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