Lunch Break Science: 'Blackbird: Legacy of Innovation' at Science Museum of Virginia

Wednesday, 08 November, 2017


The Science Museum of Virginia is hosting a special Lunch Break Science program at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8. Guests will get a sneak peek of footage from “Blackbird: Legacy of Innovation,” the new documentary about the 1960s supersonic jet that was produced by Todd Hervey of Richmond-based Fuel Creative, Inc. 

The film explores the development of the Blackbird, the world’s fastest and highest-flying manned aircraft. It also chronicles how the SR-71 model Blackbird currently suspended in the Museum (one of only 18 SR-71A models in existence) was moved from near the Richmond airport to historic Broad Street Station in 2016. 

The Lunch Break Science program will feature a panel of military experts highlighted in the film. They will discuss the Blackbird’s use by the CIA, Air Force and NASA. 

Panelists include:
- Retired Air Force Col. Adelbert “Buz” Carpenter, former SR-71 pilot
- Retired Air Force Lt. Col. William Flanagan, former SR-71 test pilot and author
- Retired Air Force Col. Richard Graham, former SR-71 pilot/wing commander and author
- Dr. David Robarge, CIA Chief Historian 

The FREE talk will be held in the Museum’s 250-seat Dome theater. Seating is first come, first served. We are not doing advance ticket sales. 

After the panel discussion, Richard Graham and William Flanagan will sign copies of their books. 

“Blackbird: Legacy of Innovation” will air on PBS stations in Central Virginia in January.




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