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FF113A1  &  FR113B2  Oxbow

 
     
  The story which didn't happen ... outside Atlantic Air Combat  
     
     
  See also : AAC Data Sheet
 
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Background :
 YF-12A Oxcart
 
     
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INTRODUCTION

The A-12 was the forerunner of the bettr known SR-71.  Both aircrafts had the same dimensions and general enveloppe of performances : about four times the speed of any potential adversary, and twice the ceiling.  However, while the A-12 was primarily an over flight vehicle, thus taking pictures en route of the territory it flew over, the SR-71 relied on side-looking radar and cameras to gather information without penetrating the targeted airspace.

As a byproduct of this reconnaissance aircraft was the YF-12A, a mach 3 bomber interceptor, able to detect its prey from a distance of around 300 nautical miles and shoot it down from its 75,000 ft sancturary at a distance of 100 nautical miles, thanks its mach 4 AIM-47A missiles, presumably nuclear tipped.  The US Congress allocated funds for 100 F-12B production aircrafts, and the USAF had planned to operate 6 squadrons of 16F12B each, three on the east coast (Otis AFB, Cape Cod, MA) and another three on the west coast (Paine AFB, Everett, WA).  The project was however cancelled by Secretary McNamara who impounded the funds appropriated by Congress.

So, the YF-12A never had any fighter operational life, the airframes ending up being used for test purposes.  None of these aircrafts had a name when they entered their respective operational life.

The A12 were operated by the CIA in their covert "Oxcart" programme, hence the naming by association.  The SR-71 was casually called "Blackbird", a name ending up becoming an officlal one when ... retired.

The A12 and the SR-71 were produced in limited numbers and had specific operational carreers, with the A12 used operationally from 1964 till a last operational flight over North Korea in 1968, and the SR-71 1967 till 1990 (save a 1995-1998 reenactment).  
Service Type QTY ID Name 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968
USA/CIA RF 11 A12 Oxcart 1964 1968 - - - - - 1962 > 1964 >> >> >> 1968    
USA/CIA FF 4 YF12A Blackbird 1964 1968 - - - - - - 1963 > > > > > 1977  
USA/CIA RF 29 SR71A Blackbird 1967 1997 - - - - - - - - 1965 > 1967 >> >> 1990

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The Oxcart  in Atlantic Air Combat
   
With the SR-71 only starting its operational life in 1967, the type is ruled out, leaving the A12.  Which would be as well as reconnaissance in AAC is exclusively photographic.   Then, AAC being a combat game, if the aircraft ends up in the list it shall be in a dual purpose format under the mock designations FR12A Oxcart (reconnaissance) and FR12B Oxcart (interceptor).
  
The number of airframes would be restricted to 6 FR12A recce aircrafts serialed 60-6928 to 60-6933, and 6 FR12B interceptor serialed 60-6934 to 60-6939.

Specifications (*) see Measures

The SFC is based on an assumed fuel consumption of 8000 USgal/hour at full (32500.lbf) power :
8000 USgal 3.7854 = 30283.200 litres 0.76(*) = 23015.232 kg/hr 0.454 = 50694.344 lb 32500 >> 1.5598 lb/lbf/hr

Other details are gathered from various sources, including YF-12A and SR-71 Flight Manuals:  

Variants FR12A FR12B A-12 TA-12 YF-12A M-12 SR-71A SR-71B SR-71C
Crew 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2
Length 101'08" 101'08" 102'03" 102'03" 101'08" 101'08" 107'05" 107'05" 107'05"
Wing span 55'07" 55'07" 55'07" 55'07" 55'07" 55'07" 55'07" 55'07" 55'07"
Wing area 1795 ft 1795 ft 1795 ft 1795 ft 1795 ft 1795 ft 1795 ft 1795 ft 1795 ft
Height 18'06" 18'06" 18'06" 18'06" 18'06" 18'06" 18'06" 18'06" 18'06"
Weight : empty 60700.lb 60700.lb 54600.lb 54600.lb 60700.lb 54600.lb 59000.lb 59000.lb 59000.lb
Fuel capacity (imp.gal) 8553.gal 8553.gal 8553.gal 8553.gal 8553.gal 8553.gal 10605.gal 10605.gal 10605.gal
Fuel capacity (lb) 65000.lb 65000.lb 65000.lb 65000.lb 65000.lb 65000.lb 80600.lb 80600.lb 80600.lb
In-flight refueling YES YES No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Armament: 3AIM47A
// 1800.lb // // 3AIM47A // // // //
Armament: Cameras
1800.lb // Cameras Cameras // D21 Sensors Sensors Sensors
Weight : max 127500.lb 127500.lb 124000.lb 124000.lb 127000.lb 127000.lb 170000.lb 170000.lb 170000.lb
Weight : landing 70000.lb 70000.lb 52000.lb   68000.lb        
Ceiling 75000.ft 75000.ft 75000.ft 75000.ft 75000.ft 75000.ft 85000.ft 85000.ft 85000.ft
Climb (ft/min) 11800 11800 11800       11800    
Speed : rotation 180.kn 180.kn     180.kn   180.kn    
Speed : takeoff 210.kn 210.kn     210.kn   210.kn    
Take off run(120000.lb) 4800.ft 4800.ft         4800.ft    
Speed max cruise 3.3 mach 3.3 mach 3.3 mach 3.3 mach 3.2 mach 3.2 mach 3.3 mach 3.3 mach 3.3 mach
Speed:approach 70000.lb // //     175.kn   175.kn    
Speed:landing. 70000.lb // //     155.kn   155.kn    
Speed:approach 75000.lb 180.kn 180.kn     180.kn   180.kn    
Speed:landing. 75000.lb 160.kn 160.kn     160.kn   160.kn    
Speed:approach 80000.lb // //     186.kn   186.kn    
Speed:landing. 80000.lb // //     165.kn   165.kn    
Speed:approach 90000.lb // //     195.kn   195.kn    
Speed:landing. 90000.lb // //     175.kn   175.kn    
Landing run (116000.lb) 5250.ft 5250.ft         5250.ft    
Speed:stall 155.kn 155.kn              
Engine: 2J58 P&W JT11D20A JT11D20A JT11D20A JT11D20A JT11D20A JT11D20C JT11D20B JT11D20B JT11D20B
Engine: thrust dry (70%) 22750.lbf 22750.lbf 22050.lbf 22050.lbf 22750.lbf 28000.lbf 23800.lbf 23800.lbf 23800.lbf
Engine: thrust wet 32500.lbf 32500.lbf 31500.lbf 31500.lbf 32500.lbf 40000.lbf 34000.lbf 34000.lbf 34000.lbf
Engine: SFC (lb/lbf/hr) 1.56 1.56 1.56 1.56 1.56 1.56 1.56 1.56 1.56
Range 2200.nm 2200.nm 2200.nm 2200.nm 2200.nm 2200.nm 3200.nm 3200.nm 3200.nm
Radar range (ASG18) ASG18 ASG18 // // ASG18 // // // //
Radar range:fighter 200.nm 200.nm     400.nm        
Radar range:bomber 400.nm 400.nm     -        
Radar range:destroyer 800.nm 800.nm     -        
Variants FR12A FR12B A-12 TA-12 YF-12A M-12 SR-71A SR-71B SR-71C
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60-6924
60-6925
60-6926
60-6927
60-6928
60-6929
60-6930
60-6931
60-6932
60-6933
60-6934
60-6935
60-6936
60-6937
60-6938
60-6939
60-6940
60-6941
60-6924
60-6925
60-6926
60-6927
60-6928
60-6929
60-6930
60-6931
60-6932
60-6933
60-6934
60-6935
60-6936
60-6937
60-6938
60-6939
60-6940
60-6941
60-6924
60-6925
60-6926
60-6927
60-6928
60-6929
60-6930
60-6931
60-6932
60-6933
60-6934
60-6935
60-6936
60-6937
60-6938
60-6939
60-6940
60-6941
60-6924
60-6925
60-6926
60-6927
60-6928
60-6929
60-6930
60-6931
60-6932
60-6933
60-6934
60-6935
60-6936
60-6937
60-6938
60-6939
60-6940
60-6941
60-6924
60-6925
60-6926
60-6927
60-6928
60-6929
60-6930
60-6931
60-6932
60-6933
60-6934
60-6935
60-6936
60-6937
60-6938
60-6939
60-6940
60-6941
60-6924
60-6925
60-6926
60-6927
60-6928
60-6929
60-6930
60-6931
60-6932
60-6933
60-6934
60-6935
60-6936
60-6937
60-6938
60-6939
60-6940
60-6941
61-7950
61-7951
61-7952
61-7953
61-7954
61-7955
61-7956
61-7957
61-7958
61-7969
61-7960
61-7961
61-7962
61-7963
61-7964
61-7965
61-7966
61-7967
61-7968
61-7969
61-7970
61-7971
61-7972
61-7973
61-7974
61-7975
61-7976
61-7977
61-7978
61-7979
61-7980
61-7981
61-7950
61-7951
61-7952
61-7953
61-7954
61-7955
61-7956
61-7957
61-7958
61-7969
61-7960
61-7961
61-7962
61-7963
61-7964
61-7965
61-7966
61-7967
61-7968
61-7969
61-7970
61-7971
61-7972
61-7973
61-7974
61-7975
61-7976
61-7977
61-7978
61-7979
61-7980
61-7981
61-7950
61-7951
61-7952
61-7953
61-7954
61-7955
61-7956
61-7957
61-7958
61-7969
61-7960
61-7961
61-7962
61-7963
61-7964
61-7965
61-7966
61-7967
61-7968
61-7969
61-7970
61-7971
61-7972
61-7973
61-7974
61-7975
61-7976
61-7977
61-7978
61-7979
61-7980
61-7981
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More Background Data - Individual Airframe Operational Life
Operators Type QTY ID Name 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973
60-6924 RF - A12 Oxcart 1962 ? 1962 > 1964 >> >> >> 1968              
60-6925 RF - A12 Oxcart 1962 ? 1962 > 1964 >> >> >> 1968              
60-6926 RF - A12 Oxcart 1962 1963 1962 1963                        
60-6927   see TA12                                
60-6928 RF A12 Oxcart 1962 1967 1962 > 1964 >> >> 1967                
60-6929 RF A12 Oxcart 1962 1967 1962 > 1964 >> >> 1967                
60-6930 RF A12 Oxcart 1962 ? 1962 > 1964 >> >> >> 1968              
60-6931 RF A12 Oxcart 1962 ? 1962 > 1964 >> >> >> 1968              
60-6932 RF A12 Oxcart 1962 1968 1962 > 1964 >> >> >> 1968              
60-6933 RF A12 Oxcart 1962 ? 1962 > 1964 >> >> >> 1968              
60-6934   see YF12A                                
60-6935   see YF12A                                
60-6936   see YF12A                                
60-6937   see YF12A                                
60-6938 RF A12 Oxcart 1964 ? - - 1964 >> >> >> 1968              
60-6939 RF A12 Oxcart 1964 1964 - - 1964                      
60-6927 TR - TA12 Oxcart 1962 ?? 1962 - 1964 >> >> >> 1968              
60-6934 FF YF12A Oxcart 1963 ? - 1963 1964 >> >> >> 1968  SR71C          
60-6935 FF YF12A Oxcart 1963 1979 - 1963 1964 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1979
60-6936 FF YF12A Oxcart 1963 1971 - 1963 1964 >> >> >> >> >> >> 1971        
60-6937 XP YF12C Oxcart 1964 ? - - 1964 >> >> >> 1968 ...?            
60-6940 SR - M12 Oxcart 1964 1977 - - 1964 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1977
60-6941 SR - M12 Oxcart 1964 1966 - - 1964 >> 1966                  
61-7950 SR SR71A Blackbird 1965 1967 - - - 1965 > 1967                
61-7951 SR SR71A Blackbird 1965 1978 - - - 1965 > 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1978
61-7952 SR SR71A Blackbird 1965 1966 - - - 1965 1966                  
61-7953 SR SR71A Blackbird 1965 1969 - - - 1965 > 1967 >> 1969            
61-7954 SR SR71A Blackbird 1965 1969 - - - 1965 > 1967 >> 1969            
61-7955 SR SR71A Blackbird 1965 1985 - - - 1965 > 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1985
61-7956 TR   SR71B Blackbird 1965 1997 - - - 1965 > 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1997
61-7957 TR   SR71B Blackbird 1965 1968 - - - 1965 > 1967 1968              
61-7958 SR SR71A Blackbird 1966 1990 - - - - 1966 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1990
61-7959 SR SR71A Blackbird 1966 1976 - - - - 1966 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1976
61-7960 SR SR71A Blackbird 1966 1990 - - - - 1966 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1990
61-7961 SR SR71A Blackbird 1966 1977 - - - - 1966 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1977
61-7962 SR SR71A Blackbird 1966 ? - - - - 1966 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> ??
61-7963 SR SR71A Blackbird 1966 1976 - - - - 1966 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1976
61-7964 SR SR71A Blackbird 1966 1990 - - - - 1966 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1990
61-7965 SR SR71A Blackbird 1966 1976 - - - - 1966 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> 1976  
61-7966 SR - SR71A Blackbird 1966 1967 - - - - 1966 1967                
61-7967 SR - SR71A Blackbird 1966 1998 - - - - 1966 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1998
61-7968 SR - SR71A Blackbird 1966 1990 - - - - 1966 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1990
61-7969 SR - SR71A Blackbird 1966 1970 - - - - 1966 1967 >> >> 1970          
61-7970 SR - SR71A Blackbird 1966 1970 - - - - 1966 1967 >> >> 1970          
61-7971 SR - SR71A Blackbird 1966 1997 - - - - 1966 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1997
61-7972 SR - SR71A Blackbird 1966 1985 - - - - 1966 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1985
61-7973 SR - SR71A Blackbird 1967 ? - - - - - 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> ??
61-7974 SR - SR71A Blackbird 1967 1989 - - - - - 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> 1989  
61-7975 SR - SR71A Blackbird 1967 ? - - - - - 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> ??
61-7976 SR - SR71A Blackbird 1967 1990 - - - - - 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1990
61-7977 SR - SR71A Blackbird 1967 1968 - - - - - 1967 1968              
61-7978 SR SR71A Blackbird 1967 1972   - - - - 1967 >> >> >> >> 1968      
61-7979 SR SR71A Blackbird 1967 ?   - - - - 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> ??
61-7980 SR SR71A Blackbird 1967 1999   - - - - 1967 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> 1999
61-7981 TR   SR71C Blackbird 1969 1976   - - - - - - 1969 >> >> >> >> >> 1976

 
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