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Guest Book Entries for 2021


2021 Guest Book Entries

Updated April 21, 2021

"Eagles may soar, but weasels do not get sucked into jet engines."

Sun, Apr 18, 3:41pm PDT,
Civ Timothy Gardner writes:

As a Senior Technical Representative from Itek Optical Systems Division, I supported the SR-71, OOC (Operational Objective Camera System) and the OB (Optical Bar Camera System).  I served at both Beale Air Force Base, Ca. and OL-8, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa from 1969 thru 1971.

Timothy Gardner
San Jose, CA

Sat, Apr 17, 10:10am CDT,
SSgt Pete Fischer writes:

I was in the SLR Shop from May of 74 to August of 79.  Bat Approved!

Pete Fischer
Forest Lake, MN

Wed, Apr 7, 7:29pm CDT,
Maj Ronald B. Jenkins writes:

Every now and then I log onto this web site to see if anyone from my old unit has popped up.  I was a Side Looking Radar (SLR) Spec. & part of the first group assigned to Beale in '67.  Our unit was the 4200 SMW, later, it was changed to the 9th SRW.  I was selected for the AECP, went to CSU, commissioned a 2nd LT in 1970.  Retired 1985 as an 04.  Now a resident of the Army Retirement Community for 11 years with my aussie bride of 40 plus years, from a hardship tour down under.  Love to hear from any survivors from Beale or Oz.

Ronald Jenkins
San Antonio, TX

Sat, Feb 20, 9:04pm PST,
E4 Dennis Dunne writes:

Beale AFB, Yokota AFB, Hickam AFB.  1969-1973, Precision photo processor, QC.

Dennis Dunne
Reno, NV

Tue, Jan 19, 12:08am PST,
TSgt Eloy Sandoval writes:

Former SR crew chief turned tanker boom operator.  Just wishing all of you a blessed life.

Eloy "Sandy" Sandoval
Albuquerque, NM

skunk1.gifIf you have worked directly with the SR-71 or U-2, you may qualify to join the Blackbird Association. Pilots, Maintenance Support Personnel, Contractors and PSD support are examples.


      Do you meet the following criteria established to join the Blackbird Association?


    1.You must have been Directly Associated with the SR-71, U-2 Programs.  Being stationed where the Blackbirds were operational does not qualify. We have received numerous requests to join the Association by personnel that do not qualify, for example CBPO, Supply, Etc. Certainly these personnel contributed indirectly to the programs but remember the qualifications states: "Directly Associated".

    2.The Blackbird Association is Not a Locator Service! Questions directed in this area will be ignored. If you wish to try and locate a former member you may search this page you are on to see if the individual has left a message.

    3.When you contact Jack Madison the first time:

    You MUST include "Blackbird Association Membership" in the subject line

    Your Name and Affiliation with the Blackbirds (SR-71 or U-2). 

    Your Complete Home Mailing Address. Please ensure the address is correct in all aspects. Sending just your E-Mail address is not sufficient. 

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