Numbers: Famous or Infamous
April 15, 2015
These are aircraft tail or serial numbers—each aircraft holds a famous or infamous (depending on your point of view) place in history.
Boeing B-29 Superfortress Radio Code Dimples 82 was named the Enola Gay for pilot Colonel Paul Tibbets’ mother. It was the aircraft that dropped the first nuclear weapon on Hiroshima.
This is the prototype for the Boeing 707 airliner, first flown in 1954, that made jet passenger travel practical.
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was first flown in 1964 and still holds records for speed (2,200+ mph) and altitude (in excess of 85,000 feet). This aircraft flew reconnaissance missions out of Mindenhall, England. (The aircraft was designed and built by Lockheed’s Skunk Works, hence the skunk on the aircraft.)
This customized Boeing 707 became Special Air Mission (SAM) aircraft number 26000, otherwise knows as “Air Force One,” but only when the President of the United States is on board. This was the first presidential jet aircraft, and began service in 1962. It was the primary presidential aircraft for Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon (see “In the Lofty Steps of Presidents.”
Photographs © 2015 Jeff Richmond
Renaissance Musing’s submission in response to Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Numbers.