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Event Series Event Series: Father’s Day Weekend SR-71 Symposium

Father’s Day Weekend SR-71 Symposium

Saturday, June 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm




Join us for an exciting Museum event—the SR-71 Father’s Day Weekend!

Guests will have a rare opportunity to peek in the SR-71 cockpit and meet the 2 of the World’s Fastest Pilots – each hold the world records for:

– Ed Yeilding: Record for Flight Time from L.A. to D.C. (64 min 20 sec)

– Pat Bledsoe: Closed Course Speed Record (2092.29 mph)

Throughout the day, guests can attend presentations on different aspects of the famed Lockheed Skunkworks spy plane, with Speakers Panels made up of SR-71 pilots, RSO’s, maintenance and support personnel!

June 17th & 18th 2023, 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM

FREE with paid museum admissions. Sessions held in the Space Museum. 

Scheduled Sessions:


  • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Panel conversation – Moderated by Buz Carpenter – SR-71 Pilot
  • 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM: Cockpit 360 Presentation – Moderated by Jerry Glasser & Barry McKean
  • 3:00 PM  – 4:30 PM:  Break-out sessions ( Q&A ) – Propulsion, OPS, Training, Maintenance Discussions


  • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: 360 Cockpit Presentation with PowerPoint Featuring SR-71 Pilot Jerry Glasser – Pilot and RSO Barry MacKean
    Held in Galaxy Theater (Space Museum)
  • 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Breaking World Records:“The SR-71’s Need for Speed” Panel
    Moderator – Bill Burk  SR-71 /U-2 Pilot
    Panelists –  3 ea. Crew and 2 ea. Maintenance.
    (End with video “Tribute to Kelly Johnson” to end Week- End Event !!)
  • 3:00PM – 4:30 PM: Walk-Around tours of the SR-71

Please call the museum if you have any questions about the scheduling for the events.


Saturday, June 17
10:00 am - 5:00 pm