Strategic Reconnaissance Exhibit

An exploration of the world of aviation surveillance technology, March Field Air Museum’s new Reconnaissance exhibit features the world’s fastest air-breathing, manned aircraft: the legendary SR-71 Blackbird, along with related support equipment and associated artifacts highlighting the development and history-changing impact of aerial reconnaissance. Three large exhibit cases feature SR-71 artifacts, cameras tracing the evolution of tactical reconnaissance, video presentations on intelligence collection by air, and a detailed look at the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.


Central Intelligence Agency pilot Al Rand’s U-2 high-altitude flight suit is on special display. Rand wore the flight suit on Cold War intelligence gathering overflights of the Soviet Union, and during the Cuban Missile Crisis when aerial reconnaissance photos brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. The provocative Aerial Reconnaissance Exhibit centers on the historically important role played by the application of intelligence gathered by aircraft.