"SR-71 Weekend 2017" on Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, 2017 will feature panel discussions at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The assembled former crewmembers will discuss their experiences with the SR-71 and answer questions from the audience during these approximately 90-minute panel sessions. Also both days, a “cockpit discussion” will be led by SR-71 pilot Maj. Jerry Glasser (USAF retired) starting at 1 p.m. This discussion will take place adjacent to the museum’s SR-71, 61-7975, which is housed in the main galleries and considered the best-preserved Blackbird in the West today.

 

The activities listed above will take place during the museum’s regular public hours (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) and are included with regular museum admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 5-11, free for ages 4 and under. Current-duty military and reserve personnel are free with military ID.

 

Saturday night, a special SR-71 Reunion Banquet will be held beginning at 7 p.m. under the wings of the museum’s SR-71 Blackbird. The banquet will feature the opportunity to sit with a former SR-71 crewmember while enjoying a delicious meal. Also featured will be a talk by former SR-71 maintainer Mike Relja, discussing the recovery of Blackbird 974 after it crashed in the Phillipine Sea following the seizure and explosion of one of its engines on April 21, 1989.

 

For those desiring an even more special experience, we're offering something new for 2017: An optional, hosted "Cocktails with the Crew" reception will take place from 6 to 7 p.m.! The many SR-71 crewmembers will be present, along with special guest of honor Robert Gilliland Jr., son of the first person to fly an SR-71 (test pilot Bob Gilliland), who was present alongside his mom and sister to watch the very first-ever flight of an SR-71 with his dad at the controls! Attendees to the cocktail reception will of course be welcomed to dinner at 7 p.m. as well, AND they will also receive a special commemorative bottle of wine, signed by the SR-71 Weekend crewmembers.

 

Saturday Evening/Ticket Option A

Hosted Cocktail Reception 6-7 p.m. AND SR-71 Reunion Banquet 7-9 p.m.: $150 per person ($125 for museum members). Commemorative wine bottle included.

 

Saturday Evening/Ticket Option B

SR-71 Reunion Banquet Only, 7-9 p.m.: $80 per person ($70 for museum members).

 

To reserve tickets for the cocktail reception and dinner, or for dinner only, please call (951) 902-5123 or email us at events@marchfield.org so we may contact you personally for your ticket order. Dinner seating is limited, reserve early to avoid disappointment!