The official dedication ceremony for 962 's induction into the Duxford Imperial War Museum on June 14, 2001.


The aircraft on display first flew in April 1966 and was delivered to the USAF in May 1966. It operated from Beale Air Force Base, Kadena Air Base in Okinawa and RAF Mildenhall in the UK during its service career. It set the current altitude record for horizontal flight at 85,069 ft (25,929 m) in July 1976, and made its last flight in February 1990. It came to Duxford in 2001 from the USAF Plant 42 at Palmdale, California and is on loan from the US Air Force Museum. It is the only Blackbird on show outside the USA.








962 was moved indoors to the new American Air Museum in late 2002/early 2003