March 6, 1990

1990: SR-71 crew, Lt Col Ed Yeilding (pilot) and Lt Col J. T. Vida (RSO), set four speed records when they flew the SR-71A Blackbird into retirement at the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, near Washington DC. They flew a 2,404-mile course from Oxnard, Calif., to Dulles Airport, near DC, in 1 hour 8 minutes 17 seconds at 2,112.52 MPH for one record. Other records: 1 hour 4 minutes for Los Angeles to DC (2,153 MPH); 26 minutes 36 seconds from Kansas City, Mo., to DC (2,200.94 MPH), and eight minutes 20 seconds from St. Louis to Cincinnati, Ohio (2,242.48 MPH).