61-7976

976 is on permanent display at the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, where they also have a YF-12A (60-6935).

According to John Stone, this airframe is the best preserved of all museum pieces for several reasons:

  • She has been indoors since the day she landed at the museum;
  • Both cockpits are 100% original and complete (minus the defensive and recce gear that were removed at Beale prior to delivery);
  • The only things removed from the airframe after arriving at the museum were fuel and fluids; even the engines were left inside the nacelles.

closeup of cheetah tail are on 976

closeup of cheetah art on 976's right rudder

976 displayed with open cockpits, Wright-Patterson AFB, December 1999

closeup of 976's open canopies, Wright-Patterson AFB, December 1999

front cockpit of 976, Wright-Patterson AFB, December 1999

Cockpit of 976, photo courtesy of John Stone/www.blackbirds.net

photo courtesy of John Stone

RSO cockpit of 976, Wright-Patterson AFB, December 1999


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